Walkway Over the Hudson kicks off effort to set Guinness world record
HIGHLAND, N.Y. — There was something a little hokey happening on the Walkway Over the Hudson Monday.
It was, in fact, the Hokey Pokey.
A group of students from the region performed the dance — traditionally performed at wedding receptions and other party gatherings —- on the bridge as part of the kickoff celebration of a fundraiser planned by the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Walkway officials are hoping to entice 3,000 people to help the Walkway raise money for planned improvements by setting a Guinness world record for the longest line of dancers performing the same dance.
The current Guinness world record was set in June 2008 by 2,350 Estonians performing the “Toe Dance,” an Estonian folk dance.
To break the record, at least 2,351 individuals must perform the same dance for at least five minutes.
“We’ve decided that this 1.28 mile venue is perfect for some things,” said Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, the Walkway’s executive director. “It’s perfect for walking your dog, your kids, jogging, all the things we know about. But it’s also fun for something like this, breaking a world record.”
Waldstein-Hart said they chose the Hokey Pokey because “it’s fun ... and we all know how to do it.”
The June 9 event will be one of Walkway Over the Hudson’s primary fundraisers for 2012 and participation will be limited to a maximum of 3,000 people, which they expect to stretch the entire length of the Walkway.
To register for the event, go to www.walkway.org and click on the link to the registration site. Continued...
Registration is $15 and participation in the event is open to everyone 7 years old and older.
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