Sunday, November 23, 2014
Largest Pillow Fight: Super 8 Hotels breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
PARSIPPANY, N.J., USA -- Super 8, the world's largest economy hotel chain, celebrated 40 years of hospitality by joining TV host and former NSYNC pop star Joey Fatone in South Dakota to break the Guinness World Records record for the largest pillow fight; held at South Dakota State University's Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, the effort saw exactly 4,201 students, alumni, parents and fans take part in a fun-filled pillow fight challenge, setting the new world record for the Largest pillow fight,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: South Dakota State University students and fans participate in pillow fight to break the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight. Photo by Jay Pickthorn/Invision for Super 8. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest water balloon fight consisted of 8,957 participants and was achieved by Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky (USA) in Lexington, USA, on 27 August 2011.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest snowball fight; it was achieved by 5,834 participants at an event organized by Seattle Snow Day (USA) at Seattle Center, Washington, USA, on 12 January 2013.
Held at South Dakota State University's Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, in the state where the brand opened its first hotel in 1974, the effort saw exactly 4,201 students, alumni, parents and fans take part in a fun-filled pillow fight challenge during one of the most anticipated football games of the season: the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, a head to head match-up between South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota.
Fatone hosted the anniversary event and kicked-off the challenge.
"We're unbelievably excited to mark this milestone in such a big and fun way, surrounded by the fans of South Dakota State University and Joey Fatone as we officially put our names in the record book," said Mike Mueller, Super 8 brand senior vice president.
"Super 8 opened its first hotel in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1974, and today that property is joined by more than 2,400 locations worldwide. What better way to celebrate just how far the brand has come than by returning to our birth place and partaking in the fun and revelry of setting a new world record."
The record breaking attempt occurred between the first and second quarter of the game and lasted for 60 seconds, per official Guinness World Records rules. The effort broke the previous record of 4,200 participants, which was set earlier this year.
Immediately following the event, participants were encouraged to donate their pillows to Feeding South Dakota, the philanthropic group benefiting from the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series. Feeding South Dakota will in turn distribute the pillows to households in need throughout the state.
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