Updated: November 10, 2012 at 12:00 am
More than 60 people dressed as turkeys braved chilly weather at American the Beautiful Park Saturday as they attempted to break the world record of largest gathering of humans dressed as turkeys.
They also attempted to break the records for largest number of people simultaneously dancing the Twist for five minutes, and largest single line of dancers.
There weren’t quite enough attendees at the Springs Rescue Mission’s first ever Gobble Gobble Turkey Wobble event to top those records, but the event’s main purpose was much more important than landing in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The event’s main goals were raising awareness of homelessness and collecting frozen turkeys for needy families.
“We really wanted to make it a community family fun event,” said Jennifer Peters, special events coordinator for Springs Rescue Mission. Any disappointment she may have had about not breaking records was short-lived. “Anytime you get to raise awareness for even one person, it’s a win-win.”
The Gobble Gobble Turkey Wobble event kicked off “The 10,000 Turkey Team,” a joint effort between Care and Share Food Bank and Springs Rescue Mission, to collect 10,000 turkeys by Nov. 16.
Volunteers collected more than 100 frozen turkeys, and even a goose, by the end of Saturday’s event.
Event attendees danced the twist in homemade turkey costumes, which Guinness World Records required to be complete with a brown torso, tail feathers, a beak and webbed feet.
Phyl Hockensmith and her family donned beaks made out of yellow foam and gobbler wattles from red pipe cleaners.
“I thought it was a good family thing because we all made our costumes together,” she said. “And it was for a good cause.”
Donate a frozen turkey
Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the Springs Rescue Mission Warehouse at 1 W. Las Vegas St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through Nov. 17. Frozen turkeys can also be dropped off at any Panera Bread location in Colorado Springs until Nov. 21st.