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Yo-yo world record attempt in Kings Park

A Kings Park anti-drug group wants to break the world yo-yo record to raise money for the organization.

Kings Park in the kNOw is hoping to have 2,500 people play with yo-yos for two minutes at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Kings Park High School. The record for simultaneous yo-yoing is 2,036 people, set last year at the National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., according to the Guinness Book of World Records website.

Each participants must pay $5, which includes the $1 cost of a yo-yo, said Anne Carlin, secretary of Kings Park in the kNOw.

“We wanted to do something that was family-friendly, that everybody could do that wasn’t so costly because times were so tough,” Carlin said. “We’re going to use those funds to help bring [drug prevention] programs to the schools.”

In addition to the yo-yo record, organizers hope to set world records for people standing on one foot for two minutes and for singers warbling “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” The current records are about 500 and 1,000 people respectively, Carlin said

“Hopefully, I have something that everyone will want to participate in,” she said.

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