The hootenanny has been a long-time tradition at Allegany State Park. Held every Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Quaker Amphitheater throughout the summer, this sing-along event has been led by Sally Marsh for over 40 years.
One of the hootenanny favorites is “Old MacDonald” and because of this, Marsh decided to try to make history on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, by attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for most people singing the classic tune at once.
“The idea came actually from a comment I made. I love singing ‘Old MacDonald’ with the kids, and I let them each be an animal and sing in the microphone,” said Marsh. “I have 50-75 kids sometimes, and I kiddingly said we should try to set the Guinness record. My friend looked it up and there really is one.”
At first, it wasn’t clear whether the current record of 332 was for how many people sang the song at one time, or how many verses of the song were sung.
“We were prepared to sing more than 332 verses if we had to, but we finally got the details,” Marsh explained. “We need more than 332 people singing at least 10 verses. This will really cut down on the time of the event and give us time to practice.”
According to the Allegany State Park Facebook page, they are looking to have more than 332 people and 15 verses altogether, and the event will not last more than 71 minutes.
Although there will be registration the day of the event from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., preregistration is strongly encouraged to guarantee the correct T-shirt size. Registration, which includes a popsicle and the shirt, is only $5.
To preregister for the event, send a check for $5 per person (plus $3 per person for anyone requiring a T-shirt larger than XL) to Sally Marsh, 88 Jamestown St., Randolph, NY 14772. Be sure to include T-shirt size for kids (medium or large) or adult (small through 4XL).
In addition, Marsh is looking for event sponsors. For sponsorship information, you may contact her at (716) 358-2102.
The event will start at 3 p.m. sharp on Aug. 17 at the Quaker Amphitheater, located near and on the same side of the road as the Quaker Museum and Gift Shop on ASP 3.
If you’ve never been to the hootenanny at Allegany State Park, now’s your chance to check out a fun, family-friendly tradition — and be a part of history!
For more information, visit the hootenanny Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ AlleganyStateParkHootenanny.