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The Elizabethton Twins need more cowbell to break a world record in an Aug. 16 contest against the Johnson City Cardinals.
The organization is hoping nothing, including the weather, will get in their way of attaining the record for the largest cowbell ensemble.
While weather might be the only unpredictable factor, Kelly Kitchens, an administrative assistant with the Twins, said they will be supplying attendants of the game with 1,010 cowbells that come courtesy of Universal Development and Construction. The current record listed by the World Record Academy has Ryerson University in Toronto as the unofficial holder with 1,003, but the Guinness Book of World Records has the number at 640, from an event in Switzerland in 2009.
Come the evening of Aug.16, the Twins want to be the outright record holder. The information would all have to be sent to Guinness to have the record ratified, which Kitchens said could take a few days.
“People love to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” Kitchens said.
The song to which the cowbells will be played all at once has not been announced, but will play over the PA system.
She hopes for perfect weather for the game against their rivals. She said she hopes their fans will want to join in on the fun. The Twins are encouraging everyone to invite as many cowbell-owning people to attend the game so they can not only set the record but also put it out of the reach of any further attempts to better it.
“I’m really hoping we shatter it,” she said.
The cowbell and Elizabethton go back a long way, said Twins general manager Mike Mains.
“Elizabethton used to be known as Cowtown,” he said, and that cowbells are carried into the baseball stadium, where they’re frequently heard.
“Those cowbells, you can hear them,” Mains said. “So we wanted to do something special.”
And what’s more special than attempting to smash a world record?
Mains said the Twins really pride themselves for having such a family-friendly and fun atmosphere at games, saying this is just one of many things they do to offer Twins fans something special.
Proceeds from the game will go to the local chapter of the United Way, which is currently offering special $5 charity tickets, where 100 percent of the ticket sales go directly to its cause and also enters the holder in special prize drawings at the game. Anyone who wants a ticket from the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way can call 543-6975 for more information.
Regular tickets can be purchased at the game for $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors and $6 for reserved seating.
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