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July 18, 2013

Fairfield targets Guinness record during RAGBRAI

FAIRFIELD — To hear Terry Baker tell it, most people have exactly the same reaction when they hear Fairfield wants to break the record for the most people wearing fake mustaches at once.

“They say 'What?' and then, 'That's going to be really fun,' ” she said.

This isn't, it turns out, a randomly selected record but a very carefully thought out piece of lunacy. The current record, set earlier this year, is 1,532 people. That's a lot for Fairfield alone, but not when compared to the potential numbers brought to towns by RAGBRAI.

There's even a tie in with the city's RAGBRAI logo.

“Our tagline for our logo is 'Hold on to your handlebars,'” Baker explained.

The effort has been promoted locally and online, with many responding to a Facebook post about the record attempt. Numbers are on Fairfield's side. If just one in 10 people on RAGBRAI participates, it would put the total at about 2,000 people. That's enough to break the record before you even add in Fairfield natives.

And those natives will very definitely be taking part.

“Locally it's been very popular,” Baker said. “People are realizing it's different and it's going to be fun.”

The goal is 4,000 people, enough to leave the old record in the bikers' dust. Participants will have to wear the fake mustaches for five minutes on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn. Organizers need additional help to make sure the count comes off as planned.

Anyone who wants to participate or help out should call Baker at (641) 472-2828 or contact her by e-mail at tbaker@travelfairfieldiowa.com

Anyone capable of wearing a fake mustache for five minutes is eligible to participate. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 26.

Mustaches will be provided.

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