continued “There have to be two witnesses and a steward for every group of 50 people,” she said. “And they all have to sign the affidavits afterward. There will be videographers documenting each person that walks onto the field, as well as a professional photographer to take pictures.”
To pay for the videographer, photographer and advertising, participants will be asked to pay $5 at the door. Additionally, Dardzinksi said there will be strict rules about costumes in order to comply with Guinness’ standards.
“People have to be in a recognizable costume from the original movie – it can’t be from ‘Wicked,’ or anything else. And it has to be a complete outfit, you can’t just have a witch’s hat on, it has to be the whole thing,” she said.
By 11:30 a.m., people will begin to line up on the football field’s yard lines. And at noon, a sound will mark the beginning to the required five-minute period that everyone must be present in costume on the field. By 12:05 p.m., the photos will have been taken and participants will be free to leave the field if they please.
Dardzinski said she’s planning to accommodate as many as 1,000 people and hopes that as many people as possible show up. It is rumored that the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota is also trying to break the same world record that weekend. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved into the high school gym.
The committee is still looking for volunteers to be stewards and witnesses at the event, and would prefer adults 21 and older. For more information on the world record attempt or to volunteer, contact Dardzinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Oz activities
The 2014 Oz-Stravaganza will be held June 6 through 8 in Chittenango, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, the author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Since 1978, Oz fans have been travelling from all over the world to celebrate Baum and the world he created.