The Ottumwa Courier

October 22, 2013

Fairfield achieves Guinness World Record

Ottumwa Courier

---- — FAIRFIELD — Guinness World Records notified the Fairfield RAGBRAI committee this week that they have successfully achieved a new Guinness World Record title for "Largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches."

The gathering on July 26 was part of the activities and promotions for RAGBRAI's overnight stay in Fairfield. Nearly 2,500 people gathered on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn to participate in the attempt, along with about 70 volunteers, photographers and videographers who helped create the paperwork and evidence needed to verify the attempt.

In the end, the committee was able to verify 2,268 people as participants, beating out the last record holders in Grand Rapids, Mich., who recorded a total of 1,532 participants.

"Establishing a world record was a huge undertaking on top of the already exciting event of RAGBRAI," said Terry Baker, assistant director of the Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, RAGBRAI committee member and world record attempt organizer. "The attempt generated much enthusiasm from the riders, visitors and residents, making it well worth the effort."

The Fairfield RAGBRAI committee and the city of Fairfield will be receiving an official Guinness World Records certificate in the coming weeks.