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Lakeview teens will attempt to break the Guinness world record

August 13, 2014 by

Lake County Libraries’ teen summer reading program “Spark a Reaction” is hoping to go down in history when they attempt a Guinness World Record for the largest stick bomb on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m.

The culmination of a summer of fun and educational programs coordinated by Lake County Libraries, the world record attempt will take place in the community meeting room of the Main Library in Lakeview.

A stick bomb is a kinetic energy experiment, accomplished through weaving large sticks together to create tension, which gets rapidly released by removing a single stick causing a chain reaction, much like a row of dominoes. The current record is 9,116 sticks, held by Mega Corp in Japan. Lake County’s attempt will contain 16,000 sticks.

To help guide the world record attempt Tim Fort, known as “the kinetic king”, will travel to Lakeview. King holds three current Guinness World Records and has been featured on television shows such as America’s Got Talent.

Preparation work will begin on Monday, Aug. 18, but setting up 16,000 sticks requires quite a bit of work so the library will be hosting a lock-in for program participants on Friday, Aug. 22 starting at 6 p.m. to complete the final touches.

Once completed, the stick bomb will be set off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, with all members of the public invited to witness the world record effort.

“Everybody has memories of sitting down with the Guinness Book of World Records and looking at the world’s longest fingernails or the tallest man,” said Youth Services Library Asst. Elizabeth Christly for Lake County Libraries. “Our local businesses have been excited to see the teens try to put Lake County in the Guinness Book.”

Christley has received many contributions from local businesses to help make the attempt a reality.

“We might set a world record, we might not,” added Christley. “But we’re going to have a bunch of fun trying. I like to think that the whole activity reinforces the idea that even if you are from a little town, you can still do big things.”

Sponsors for the event include Auto Haven, Bogardus & Hedlund, Details Salon, Ed’s Fast Break, Ed Staub’s Chevron, Ed Staub’s Shell, Fremont Inn, Goose Lake Computing, Hall Motor Company, Happy Horse Deli & Desserts, Dan and Chris Henderson, Howard’s Drugs, Lake County Youth Mentor Program, Lakeview Auto Parts, Lakeview Les Schwab, Lakeview Lockers, Lakeview Lodge, Mario’s Dinner House, Ousley Ostermann Huffstutter Funeral Chapel, Pizza Villa, Pro-Build, S.S Equipment, Subway, Town of Lakeview, True Value Hardware, Polar Bear, Tall Town Cafe and Umpqua Bank.

For more information contact Christley at 541-947-6019 or youthlibrary@co.lake.or.us.

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