Guinness confirms world record broken at Dr Pepper Park

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Dr Pepper Park hosted the Star City Cornhole World Record Attempt on Sunday, April 30th.

This event was a fund raiser for the Knights Booster Foundation. The World Record that was broken was for the “World’s Largest Tournament”, according to a release from Waynette Anderson, President/Owner of Dr Pepper Park.

Cornhole professional, Toby Smith was in charge of running the tournament.

“There are several things that must be sent to Guinness in order for them to confirm that you have broken the record. Pictures, documents, video, and timelines were submitted”, Smith said. “Then you wait. The hardest part is waiting for them to validate that you are in the record books!”

Smith explained putting together the information to send to Guinness was months worth of effort.

"Months of work and planning and getting it all together, being sure you are ready," he said.

"You have to let Guinness know what you are going to do, then you have to say what you are going to do, then you have to prove what you said what you are going to do."

According to the release, the old Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Tournament” was 320 participants or 160 teams. The Star City Cornhole World Record Attempt yielded 164 teams.

There were an additional 12 teams that pre-registered, paid and did not play.

The number of people that played in the Star City Cornhole Tournament did break the current World Record.

Melissa Dowdy, with the Knights Booster Foundation, was the event's organizer.

“The Star City Cornhole World Record Attempt all came together when Waynette Anderson with Dr Pepper Park put me in contact with Toby Smith of Star City Cornhole. After several months of discussions and meetings, we were able to find a fundraising solution. With funding for athletics being more limited than ever, it is so important that we make enough money for uniforms, field maintenance, and equipment. “ Dowdy commented.

She added, “We were able to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 for this event. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the kids will have the things they need to participate in the sports that they love!”

Dr Pepper Park works with several area non-profits through their volunteer program. Last year they donated more than $12,000 to area non-profits.

“We are a community venue and love the opportunity to give back to those in our area that support us!” said Waynette Anderson. “This event was a true collaboration of three groups wanting to help kids in the Roanoke Valley. We donated the space for their event and considered it a privilege to host such an exciting event!

Anderson added, “It is thrilling to have a Guinness World Record broken at our community venue! It’s a day I will never forget and I know that all of the participants were very excited to be part of breaking a Guinness World Record!”