Largest Gathering of Elizabeths-world record
set in Elizabeth
IL, USA--The northern Illinois community of Elizabeth
set a world record for the largest Gathering of Elizabeths:
about 400 women.
with Elizabeth in any part of their name were allowed in;
one participant has Elizabeth as a last name.
The event drew women from more than
20 states. Those participating had to show a copy of a birth
certificate or driver's license.
"We did invite Queen Elizabeth II, but she politely
declined," said Susan Gordy, who helped organize the event.
Elizabeth Taylor was also invited but
did not reply, Gordy said.
The event was designed to celebrate the community
and honor famous Elizabeths, including one of the women for
whom the community of about 700 people was named.
In 1832, Elizabeth Armstrong, one of at
least three Elizabeths living in the Apple River Fort settlement,
played a prominent role in defending the community during
an attack in the Black Hawk War, according to Gordy, who works
at the Apple River Fort Historic Site.
Armstrong and the other Elizabeths were praised
for their courage and honored in the naming of the town, Gordy
The Gathering of Elizabeths:
Wednesday, July 9, 2008