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Atlanta group needs help in decade-long quest to break world record

For the past nine years, a group in Atlanta has met to try and beat the Guinness World Record for "largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes."

For the past nine years, they’ve failed.

But the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons — the gnome-loving group who created the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade — is hopeful that 2018 will be the year they finally amass enough gnome-personators. 


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The Krewe is trying beat the record of 478 gnomes, achieved in the U.K. in 2011. Their personal best was last year, when 315 people gathered wearing the mandated pointy red hats. In 2016, they had 260 people.

This year’s annual attempt will take place at the end of the Inman Park Festival parade on April 28. If enough people gather to break the record, participants must stay in the mushroom-outlined area for at least five minutes. 

For those wanting to gear up, a free gnome hat-making party will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. 


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In other record-breaking news...

Erin Benson and Michael Lee lost their son Sam Lee, 5, to a brain tumor. The day before he died, Sam built a fort of Lincoln Logs. Benson and Lee broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Lincoln Log structure in Sam's honor. The final structure used 17,384 logs.

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