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Megan Card, Published July 28 2012

Casselton ‘Twists’ its way to world record

CASSELTON, N.D. – With a little hip shaking and arm swiveling, Cass County Summerfest-goers broke the world record here for the most people doing the Twist at one time.

Filling out two entire streets Saturday morning, 2,788 people turned up to smash the original world record by more than 1,000 participants.

“It was a pretty unique sight,” said Jim Parker, a member of the Summerfest planning committee. “To look out and see so many people dancing side by side, it was incredible.”

After last year’s Summerfest broke the record for the longest firetruck parade, the planning committee immediately suggested a similar record-breaking feat for this year’s event, Greg Kempel, Summerfest’s parade chairman said.

From parents dancing with their infants to a 98-year-old man Twisting with the best of them, Kempel said the only word he can think of to describe the event is multigenerational.

“Everybody was just having a blast together, age didn’t matter,” he said.

Following Guinness World Record guidelines, Kempel said the committee on Monday will submit their application to be recognized as the official Twist record holders.

But two world records may not be enough for the town. Kempel said that while the committee has yet to make any decisions for next year’s Summerfest, another record-beating event may not be out of the question.

“It’s not my decision, but the committee has seen how eager people in the community are to participate in these kinds of activities,” he said. “Never say never."