You can make your mark in history on August 9 by becoming a Guinness World Record holder. All you have to do is sing just one word of the classic nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Richmond Maritime Festival will be challenging the Guinness World Record for “The Most People Singing in a Nursery Rhyme Relay.” In a song relay, the first participant sings the first word of the song, the next person the next word, and so on. The words must be sung in proper tempo with musical accompaniment, but not necessarily in tune. For an example of how fun and off-key it can be, check out the YouTube video of festival friends attempting a round of Row, Row, Row Your Boat at www.youtube.com/
Festival organizers are recruiting singers to launch the record attempt. All participants will be entered in a draw to win a $200 Richmond Centre Mall gift certificate. Participants must be at least 12 years of age; participants between 12 and 17 must have parental or legal guardian consent. All participants must be at the festival site, Richmond’s Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 9. Participants must pre-register at www.richmondmaritimefestival.
All participants will receive a commemorative button and certificate. Participants are encouraged—but not required—to wear maritime-themed costumes, so feel free to channel your inner pirate, sailor, mermaid or sea creature.
The official record attempt will occur between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday, August 9, with popular local comedian David C. Jones presiding as emcee. Official judges of the world record attempt will include Richmond’s own Olympic rowing silver medalist Darcy Marquardt. World Record Challenge participants, their supporters and the general public are invited to enjoy a free outdoor public concert immediately following the world record attempt. The hour-long concert begins at 6 p.m. and features the popular alt-folk group, Nautical Miles. Bring a dinner picnic and a blanket and enjoy!
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