Smith, a fourth-grader at Edgewood Elementary School in Fruitport — along with staff and students at Fruitport Community Schools — crunched into apples in an attempt to break the world record for “most people biting into an apple at the same time.” The group joined forces with schools throughout Muskegon, Oceana, Van Buren and Washtenaw counties for “The Big Crunch.”
Muskegon County previously held the record with 9,329 people taking bites at the same time, but schools in New Zeeland beat that record in May with 17,064 people.
Kelly Lively, the school liaison and special projects for Cherry Capital Foods, said about 70,000 individuals signed up to participate in Thursday’s event in Michigan.
Smith described taking a bite of an apple simultaneously with thousands of other people as “awesome.” The 9-year-old said he enjoyed the fresh, crisp taste.
“I love apples,” he said. “They’re tasty.”
Gavin Orchards in Coopersville and NJ Fox and Sons Farms in New Era supplied the West Michigan schools with apples for the attempt at breaking the world record. Mike Gavin, co-owner of Gavin Orchards, said the event is great because it encourages children to make healthy eating choices and it supports Michigan's apple industry.
Gavin said schools received empire apples, which are the same ones used in apple slices at McDonald's restaurants.
Kelly Miller, director of food services for Fruitport Community Schools, said she wanted the district's students to participate because it brings awareness to local produce and highlights Michigan’s apple production.
Fourth-grade teacher Lisa Dirkse said it was exciting participating with her students and others throughout West Michigan.
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