Hoopin' it up in Coopersville

Friday's rain didn't dampen spirits in Coopersville. About 350 people braved the weather in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records of "most people dancing with a Hula-Hoop." It happened on the Coopersville High School football field.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 11, 2012


Although they fell short of breaking the record, event co-coordinator Catherine Meintsma said they were pleased with the turnout in spite of the weather.

“We were trying to think of something to promote Coopersville,” she said about creating the event.

The Coopersville PTA and Miss Coopersville Program hosted the event. Boy Scout Troop 31 of Marne made Hula-Hoops for participants to use as they performed a choreographed dance.

Duane Young, another event coordinator, said the current record is 637 people in Australia.

Results from Friday’s attempt won’t be official until organizers send in their count and evidence to Guinness Book of World Records officials, Young said.

To see more photos from the event, click here.

Coopersville residents Tim and Evelyn Boes, who aren’t strangers to being part of breaking records, said they attended Friday’s attempt to be part of another record. When their son attended Michigan Technological University, they were part of "the largest snowball fight" and "the most people making snow angels."

Although the couple doesn’t frequently Hula-Hoop, Evelyn Boes joked she does it on their Wii game system.

As participants slowly trickled onto the field, Tim Boes said he thought the weather dampened the event’s turnout.

“I think it might be a good warm-up for next year,” Evelyn Boes said.

Before the event began, Ariel Hendershot, 6, warmed up by twisting and moving, trying to keep her Hula-Hoop around her waist. “I actually like it,” she said.

While Hendershot warmed up, her mother, Leona Parney, watched. Parney said they wanted to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime event. Plus, she said, it’s free family fun.

“I like to see all the smiles or the uncertain look on faces,” Parney added.

Rain continued to fall as participants filled the field with smiles and laughter. The group danced to “Wipeout” and chanted for more after they completed their attempt.

Meintsma said there was so much excitement that people were already talking about giving it another shot. She said they might hold another event in the future, and was optimistic that it will be successful because they already had half of the attendance needed for the record.

“I think we can do it,” Meintsma said.

The event was staged as part of the annual Coopersville Summerfest, which has been going on all week. The Del Shannon Memorial Car Show is today.


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