Photo: Robb Nelson of Mississauga bobs for apples at the Ontario Apple Growers' Winter Apple Ball today in Toronto. To celebrate the McIntosh apple's 200th anniversary, a group of 357 apple enthusiasts broke the World Record for apple bobbing and Nelson bobbed for all 10 apples in the fastest time of 32 seconds. All Photos courtesy of Ontario Apple Growers: (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness world record for Most people apple bobbing - 226 people - was awarded to a group in the U.K.
Guinness World Records also recognized the Largest collection of apple related items: it belongs to Erika and Kurt Werth (Italy), with 2,300 different artificial apples, which they have been collecting for over 30 years.
Robb Nelson from Mississauga, not only retrieved all 10 apples from his bucket using only his mouth, but managed to do so at lightning speed in a mere 32 seconds.
"This is unbelievable," says Nelson, "My strategy was to get those apples out of the container as quickly as possible while trying not to inhale any water. I really wanted that trophy!" Photo: Mississauga's Rob Nelson celebrates his apple bobbing win with his family and Brian Gilroy of the Ontario Apple Growers. To celebrate the McIntosh apple's 200th anniversary, a group of 357 apple enthusiasts broke the World Record for apple bobbing and Nelson bobbed for all 10 apples in the fastest time of 32 seconds. (enlarge photo)
"It's something that's a part of our heritage," said teacher Tracy Airhart, 36, whose ancestor, John McIntosh, is credited with discovering the McIntosh apple.
"It was history in the making as we set a World Record and celebrated the 200th anniversary of the McIntosh apple," says Kelly Ciceran, general manager of OAG.
"Our goal was to give back to the local community by hosting a Winter Apple Ball on Family Day. I'd say that everyone enjoyed the experience and this will be a day these families will remember for a long time."
Although the event was free, each guest was invited to bring one or several Ontario apples, which would in turn be donated to Second Harvest, a charitable organization that feeds those in need. Photo: Brian Gilroy of the Ontario Apple Growers presents Second Harvest's Tonia Krauser with a donation of 2,300 apples today at the Winter Apple Ball. All photos courtesy of Ontario Apple Growers (enlarge photo)
"We are humbled by the generosity of the attendees today," says Tonia Krauser, director of communications of Second Harvest.