The world record event was in honor Whitey's
Ice Cream flavor called "Augustana Viking Pride", created
in celebration of the college's 150th anniversary.
The flavor — peanut butter with fudge swirls
and Oreo chunks — was in the cups held by many of the hopeful
recordbreakers. For those allergic to peanut butter, there
were cups of vanilla.
Breaking a world record isn’t simply
a matter of showing up and saying you did it. There are rules.
For instance, every participant had to be counted three times:
going into the stadium, on the field and going out.
There were both still and video
photographers recording the record attempt and one supervisor
for every 50 people.
The lines had to curve a bit into
each other because everyone was required to hold their cup
out to the right so each person would be licking from a cup
held by someone else. [Just another example of stupid,
unnecessary rule from Guinness; only to make your life harder
than necessary; wake up, guys!... and don't accept any more
such stupid 'rules'; or maybe they use to eat ice cream like
this in London?]. The 2,694 official participants received
coupons entitling them to a free cone at Whitey’s.
Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley,
on hand as an official witness, joked, “Too bad we couldn’t
use this set-up for the census count.”