Fundraiser chance to break Guinness record for twisting

Published on Monday, 28 April 2014 23:08 - Written by Kelly Gooch,


Tylerites have an opportunity to break the Guinness World Record for the largest twist dance.

The attempt will be made during the Vince Vance and the Valiants Sock Hop event, “A Sock Hop with a Twist.” The event, which benefits The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Shriners Hospitals for Children, is scheduled for May 31 at Harvey Convention Center.

The Feliciano Foundation, along with The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Shriners, is helping organize the event.

Everything kicks off with a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by a private party with Vince Vance from 7 to 8 p.m. and a concert with Vince Vance and the Valiants from 8 to 11 p.m. At 9 p.m., participants will try to break the Guinness World Record, which was set three years ago in North Carolina with 1,706 dancers.

A group in “North Carolina broke this record in 2011, and Texans can outdo them,” said Jackie Stroud, president of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

In order to do that, at least 1,707 people are needed.

Ms. Stroud said participants’ tickets will be scanned for verification, and those who want to participate need to wear or bring a white T- shirt. There will be a judge for every 50 twisters, and dancers must twist for more than five minutes.

Ms. Stroud said three songs will be played to ensure that the twist dance lasts more than five minutes.

In addition to the Guinness World Record attempt, there will be an old-fashioned sock hop, a hula-hoop contest and a silent auction that day. Concessions and face painting will be available outside of the Harvey Convention Center.

Ms. Stroud said the idea for the “A Sock Hop with a Twist” event started with the goal of educating people about The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

And given that many in The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary have husbands who are involved with Shriners, it seemed like a good event that they could participate in together, she said.

Additionally, she said, organizers thought the event could showcase Tyler.

“It’s a win-win-win for everybody. We’ve got the most fun band. … It’s just three hours of energy,” Ms. Stroud said.

She said Vince Vance and the Valiants play a variety of music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Tickets are $100 for the private party, concert and to participate in the twist dance. General admission, which does not include the private party, is $50.

Ms. Stroud said $10 tickets also are available for people who want to listen to the concert from outside of the Harvey Convention Center and participate in the twist dance at 9 p.m.

She encouraged everyone to participate.

“To put Tyler on the map for the Guinness World Record will require all Tylerites to be there,” she said.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tylersockhop or call 903-881-9733.