If you want to join an effort to be a part of a Guinness Book work record attempt, then you are invited Wednesday to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke where it is hoped that almost 2,000 people will clasp hands.
The record attempt, which is part of the university’s ongoing 125th anniversary, will be made at the Grace P. Johnson Stadium at about 5:30 p.m. Registration for participants will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the event.
Anyone wishing to participate is asked to wear The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s colors, black and gold, and Heritage T-shirts. Spectators can watch the history-making event from the stands.
The event will take place rain or shine, but not if there is lightning or thunderstorms. There will be music, games and other entertainment
The current record for the longest handshake relay is 1,168 people. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s goal is 1,887 — a number chosen because the university was established in 1887.
Participants may be required to stand for about an hour and 30 minutes; they may bring canvas folding chairs. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. A group photo of participants will be made available online after the record attempt.
Volunteers, stewards and witnesses are needed for the event. To volunteer or for information, call 910-522-5800.
Anyone with special needs should contact Disability Support Services at 910-521-6695. If you have a speaking impairment, call 910-521-6490.