World’s largest hula planned for Sand in the City

The Guinness Book of World Records attempt will be 4 p.m. June 23

Posted 6/5/18

The Arvada Chamber of Commerce hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest hula at this year’s Sand in the City event planned for June 23 and 24 at Ralston Park in Arvada. The …

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World’s largest hula planned for Sand in the City

The Guinness Book of World Records attempt will be 4 p.m. June 23

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The Arvada Chamber of Commerce hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest hula at this year’s Sand in the City event planned for June 23 and 24 at Ralston Park in Arvada.

The current record is held by Miyokojima City in Okinawa, Japan with 1,509 participants. In order to break the record, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce must gather at least 1,510 people to participate in a five minute choreographed hula dance.

“We just really wanted something new and exciting this year,” said Samantha Geerdes, event director for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. “Sand in the City is a great event, but this is a new reason to come out.”

In order to compete the record attempt, the chamber needs 40 stewards to help monitor the group and make sure participants are following the guidelines correctly to break the record. That’s one steward per every 50 participants.

The record attempt will be followed by a traditional luau.

But one of the main attractions of Sand in the City is the sand sculptures.

Sand sculptures will be created in one day by teams made up of local businesses and non-profits. The teams work with an architect to conceptualize and design their sculptures, attend training and practice sessions and then compete on Friday in the sand sculpting competition.

Prizes are awarded to the top three teams, as well as Rookie of the Year and People’s Choice — where festival attendees can vote for their favorite sculpture.

New this year, the sculptures with the most votes will receive a donation on Sunday afternoon as follows: first place, $2,500; second place, $1,250; third place, $750; and fourth through eighth place, $100 each.

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