We were greeted by a huge inflatable cow as we neared the parking lot of GMU. People of all sizes dressed like cows were making their way into the Field House. The fun had begun!
As we got closer to the doors, another inflatable cow and several ChickfilA employees greeted us. When we entered the building, employees checked to see if the girls' costumes had all of the required parts. Before we officially entered, we headed to the bathrooms on the other side of the building. We had to pass the costume repair booth on the way. They actually had entire costumes for people who needed them.
Then, Papa Bear and I put on our costumes and we headed back to the front of the building to officially enter and be counted for the record. As we entered we were checked again for "proper" costumes and each of us was given a raffle ticket for the numerous prizes being raffled off that morning. I had missed the box collecting the canned goods for the Washington Food Bank, so the woman at the raffle table took them for us.
There were so many actual ChickfilA cows there it was unbelievable! The George Mason mascot also made an appearance. And let me me tell you--those guys can dance. One cow even did the splits!
They had us all gather under the American flag for the official announcement. The operators were called to the front of the crowd. TV crews were up on the balcony filming and taking photos. We all had to make sure that we were properly suited up and stay that way for five minutes. Then, a gentleman from the Guinness Book of World Records made the official announcement. The suspense was building as he mentioned that a number of people had left (some re-entered) during the event and that one person left during the official five minutes, BUT he announced that we beat Canada's record of 298 people dressed as cows in one place! We had 470 people gathered there and BROKE THE RECORD!! Of course, everyone was very excited! This is the second world record that our family has participated in and broke a record--this year no less!
Since we broke the record, they started calling numbers for the ChickfilA for a year raffle. Sweet Girl said she had to use the bathroom, but I really wanted to hear the winners. I mean, if we won, I wanted to be there! She said she could wait a minute and I listened very carefully as the numbers were called. To my surprise, they called one of our numbers!! I screamed so loud and headed up to the front with our winning ticket!! I was given a ChickfilA box wrapped in a pretty bow full of cards for free ChickfilA sandwiches! Wow! What a way to end the morning!!
As we left, everyone got a coupon for helping break the world record.
Picture posted on ChickfilA Signal Hill's Facebook page.
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