Gilda’s Laughfest and Cirque De Fairfield place friendly wager on attempt to beat fake mustache record

Loser to don winner’s wear

“This year’s world record attempt was a seriously fun time,” said Leann Arkema, president and CEO, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “It was a great way to kick off the 2013 festival.  We thank all of the participants who came out and donned a mustache to help us break the world record.”

“This year’s world record attempt was a seriously fun time,” said Leann Arkema, president and CEO, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “It was a great way to kick off the 2013 festival. We thank all of the participants who came out and donned a mustache to help us break the world record.”

Let the competition for the most-mustached begin. Grand Rapids’ Gilda’s LaughFest today placed a friendly wager with Fairfield, Iowa’s Cirque de Fairfield’s attempt to break LaughFest’s Guinness World Record for the most people wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield’s attempt will take place on July 26, 2013.

LaughFest and Cirque de Fairfield are all in, placing pride as well as themed goodies and swag on the line. Not only will the loser have to send the winner a basket filled with branded loot, but the loser will also consent to being photographed publically in the winner’s wear.

On March 7, 2013, hundreds gathered near Rose Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids, joining LaughFest to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake mustaches. The successful record breaking event kicked off the beginning of LaughFest 2013, the nation’s only community-wide festival of laughter, as an astounding 1,532 individuals wearing fake mustaches represented the community.

“When we learned about this challenge to our World Record, we knew we had to do something to up the stakes,” said Wendy Wigger, president, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “The community had a great time kicking off LaughFest 2013 with this event and we want to keep the crown in our community. We know at least two others have already tried to break our record and have not been successful. If by some rare chance our record goes down, well, at least we are going down with a smile and a laugh.”

This year, Fairfield is hosting RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, as they finish their week long ride. When more than 20,000 bikers and support crew ride into town next Friday, they will be greeted by a number of community members wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield is aiming to have 4,000 people donning the false mustaches.

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