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Posted April 26, 2013

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City of Kitchener captures the Guinness World Record for the longest picnic

KITCHENER – After months of back-and-forth review, Kitchener has finally been recognized on the world stage as having officially set the record for the world’s longest picnic, with a confirmed length of 2,277 meters and nearly 5,000 people in attendance.

“On July 15, 2012, we needed the community to pull together to break a world record and Kitchener stepped up to the plate. What an amazing feat for our city, and a true testament to the remarkable community spirit that we have,” said Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock, council liaison for the Kitchener 100th committee.

Thousands of families, service clubs, friends and colleagues came together in downtown Kitchener with lunches in hand to celebrate community and attempt to beat the record. The previous record was held by Halle, Germany; who in 2009 entered the record books with a confirmed distance of 1,979 meters .

“What an incredible way to celebrate Kitchener’s 100th! With the support of all the people who believed we could do it and came out to be involved – you all own a piece of this record. Thank you for making it happen,” said World’s Longest Picnic committee chair, Mark Bingeman.

Jeff Young, manager of special events for The City of Kitchener added, “Thank you Kitchener; our city staff, countless volunteers, community partners, organizers and citizens who all worked together to create a massive community event that made it into the record books.”

Presented by Zehrs, the picnic stretched down King and Duke Streets from Francis to Eby Streets, a span covering nearly 2.5 kilometers.

The community will have the first public opportunity to view the official certificate from Guinness World Records and have their photo taken with it on Monday, June 10 when the City of Kitchener holds the final 100th event, Toast the Time Capsule, presented by Superior Memorials, at 4 p.m. In celebration of 100 years of cityhood, a centennial time capsule will be placed at Kitchener City Hall to leave a legacy for the future. Mayor Carl Zehr and members of council will dedicate the capsule at this public ceremony and declare the official date to open the capsule in the future.

All residents are invited to this free event and will have the opportunity to sign the centennial signature scroll. The event will include highlights of the year-long celebrations, live music and displays in the rotunda. Refreshments will be provided to “toast the time capsule.”

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