Everything is bigger in Texas, even the NERF battles! Those words certainly rang true last week, when the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home to the NFL Dallas Cowboys, played host to the world’s Largest toy pistol fight.
As part of Jared’s Epic NERF Battle event, 2,289 participants used 4,394 individual NERF blasters during the super-sized play fight.
The attempt was organised by Jared Guynes in a bid to to raise funds for Rebuild Rowlett Foundation for Long Term Relief and Garland Tornado Relief Fund (Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.), - two charities based in the Texas area. The battle was emceed by Drac the Nerf Vampire, a NERF blaster collector.
All the toy pistols used in the record attempt were donated to youngsters at the Buckner Children's Home following the event.
Having unsuccessfully attempted the record in the past, Jared "started digging around and calling different places thinking of parks and local football fields" in a bid for a bigger and better attempt than his previous effort.
After some research he decided to go stadium-sized with this event and approached the Dallas Cowboys to see if they would be interested in acting as host.
After getting the go-ahead from the Cowboys and the AT&T Stadium staff, Guynes set up a page on Tilt, a crowdfunding website, allowing participants to buy tickets for the attempt with proceeds raised going towards his two chosen charities.
The attempt beat the previous benchmark of 577 participants set last March by Dogtown After Hours, a student-led yearly event in Des Moines, Iowa.
Speaking after the successful attempt, Guinness World Records adjudicator Christina Flounders said: “I think this is such a fantastic event because we saw thousands of people come together not only to have a ton of fun and achieve something Officially Amazing, but also to support a truly worthwhile cause!”
“It is wonderful that all the proceeds from tonight’s event will benefit Garland Tornado Relief Fund and Rebuild Rowlett Foundation for Long Term Relief.”