Most people in a floating line-Ferndale family
sets world record
FERNDALE, MT, USA -- 64 family members and friends
of Sherrie Bruch of Ferndale went on the Swan River to put
their inner tubes in-setting the new world record for most
people in a floating line.
There are up to five generations who participate in
the float each year. Participants come from as far away as
Alaska to join in the fun. Photo by Jordan Dawson/
Bigfork Eagle (enlarge
The Ferndale family has done the float for the
last four years. It originated as a way to celebrate the numerous
July birthdays in the family.
"The rest of the year we get so busy that
we don't always get to see everyone, and the float gives us
a chance to spend time together," Bruch said.
requirements state that only one person is allowed per flotation
device, participants must be joined together, but not tied
together and the line must be intact for at least 30 seconds.
With a Highway Patrolman monitoring them
with his stop watch the group was able to beat the record
as they held hands in a snaking chain down the river.
Though they did break the record, many of
the participants were just happy to get to spend the time
with their family and friends.
"It's great to get all together," said Rosetta
Carpenter, who is the oldest member of the floating group
at 88 years-old.
record was previously helped by the employees at ITG Israel
in Tel Aviv, Israel. Their group of 42 set the record on December
Original story written by Staff
Writer Jordan Dawson and re-published courtesy of Bigfork
Thursday, July 31, 2008