Harlem High attempting to break world record for thumb wrestling

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Friday, October 12, 2018
(News 12 This Morning)

HARLEM, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's not every day you get to break a world record, but you have a chance to do it this weekend.

During Harlem High School's Fall Fest, the wrestling team, along with close to 1,000 people, will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most people in a thumb wrestling chain.

The Junior Chamber International Osaka from Osaka, Japan, currently hold the record. They set the record with 957 people on August 25, 2012, according to Guinness World Records.

Basically, everyone needs to stay linked together while thumb wrestling for five minutes to complete the world record. There must be four different videographers, two photographers and 50 supervisors to witness the attempt so it can be official.

Wrestling Coach Kevin Waters says this has been a long process. It has taken months of planning and getting everything squared away with Guinness World Records. He can't wait to see if this puts Harlem on the map.

His wife also reminded him to keep something very important on hand. "We are going to have plenty of hand sanitizer out," he says, "We'll hopefully be as germ free as possible."

The attempt will be in the early afternoon on Saturday at the Harlem High School Football Stadium. You can sign up in person Saturday morning or you can sign up here online.

You can find more information on the Fall Fest here.

The News 12 This Morning team took crack at making a thumb wrestling chain...it didn't go that great.