KANAWHA — It was a world record-breaking day at Kanawha’s Labor Day celebration Monday.
Three Guinness World Records were broken during the annual celebration.
“It feels great,” said Mark Hanson of Kanawha, who broke two juggling records. “It felt fantastic.”
While Guinness still has to verify the records, it appears that Hanson broke the records for three-ball speed juggling and juggling head rolls. His wife, Christa, broke the record for world’s largest paper snowflake at a diameter of approximately 15 feet.
“It feels good to have it done,” said Christa, who’s been making paper snowflakes for many years. “It was a lot of fun. It was real fun having people there and chatting while I was there.”
A crowd of spectators gathered for all three records.
“It was impressive,” said Kanawha native Scott Cooper of Carroll, who watched the juggling records. “It was cool.”
Mark broke his own record of 417 throws in one minute for three-ball speed juggling with about 520 throws. He set the head rolls juggling record with about 114 throws in one minute. He had to have more than 50 throws to set the record.
“It’s fun to do it in front of your home crowd,” Mark said. He set the 417 record in December 2011 in Mason City.
For Christa’s record a crowd gathered in Kanawha City Hall.
“My husband was a record-breaker today and I couldn’t be outdone,” she said before getting started.
She wasn’t, either. After carefully measuring, folding, tracing patterns and cutting out the snowflake, she too had a Guinness World Record in about 30 minutes. She had to make a snowflake bigger than 13 feet in diameter to claim the record.
“The most fun was opening it up,” Christa said.
The family plans to display the snowflake in the West Hancock Junior High for a while. After that they’d like to preserve it somehow and have it on display in Kanawha for people to enjoy.
As for breaking more records, Christa said she and Mark will be taking a break from it. However, their children might have other ideas.
“All of us kids are trying to figure out what we could do,” said their 17-year-old daughter, Christa. “I’ll probably do something with unicycling or another one of my hobbies.”
Kanawha’s Labor Day celebration also included a parade, food, live music, children’s activities such as inflatables and other activities.