Cornell breaks Guinness World Record for kayak and canoe parade

CORNELL, Wis. (WEAU) -- Kayakers were paddling their way to a new Guinness World Record.

"I've never broken any records before I don't think so this will be a first for me," said Daniel Mansure, a kayaker from Jim Falls.

The old record for a kayak and canoe parade was set at one hundred vessels in a row."I was so excited for just getting 101 and then they just kept coming,” said Ginna Young, a member of the Cornell Betterment Association who out on the event.

All counted up, 150 kayaks and canoes were in Saturday’s parade."It feels so amazing; I didn't think it would feel this good to be a part of something so momentous," Young said.

The achievement will be putting Cornell on the map and in the book of Guinness World Records.

"We have people, a lot of people from the area, a lot of people from Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire but some from as far away as South Dakota and there are some out of the west coast," Young said.

Some came to paddle while others just came to see the rare sight. "The colors are wonderful and it's just great to see this many people doing an event together," said Joann Nordin, an attendee. "It's fun to see people getting into it, there is palm trees out there and we saw some bows and other decorations, so it's just a lot of fun," said Hannah Sinnwell, an attendee.

A video was taken of the event and has to be sent to the Guinness World Records for approval, then the City of Cornell officially be able to call themselves the new record holders."This is beyond our wildest dreams, we were not expecting this many people for our first time and I can only hope that it gets bigger and better every single time," Young said.

Organizers say with any luck, they hope to break it again at next year’s event. "We will be here; I think we will plan for it next year; we are already talking about the decorations for our boats,” said Nordin and Sinnwell.

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