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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quartzsite's The GRAND Gathering sets Guinness World Record!

Quartzsite, AZ -  It's official! 631 GRANDS set a new Guinness World Record Sunday, March 9th, 2014!  In an email sent Monday, April 7th to John Hendrix, of Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA), Guinness World Record stated,

"We are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ’Largest human letter’.

We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement.

The new record was the Finale event of The GRAND Gathering Sunday, March 9th, 2014. The GRAND Gathering was a new joint venture of the QIA and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ).  The GRAND Gathering events were geared for GRAND Parents and Great GRANDS and their families to create memorable moments together.

Events during the four days included AVTT Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall; Concerts by Rex Allen Jr., Paul Winer, and Beyond the Ashes; a Senior/Craft Fair; Rock Art Auction; 50's Sock Hop Dance; a JAMboree; Town-Wide Yard Sales; a GRAND Bingo Marathon, Pancake Breakfasts and More! 

Quartzsite Stewards required by Guinness - Photo Desert Messenger
  Guinness World Records certification requires independent witnesses from the local community and extensive documentation. Horizon Community Bank’s new branch manager, Judi Clark and Quartzsite Council Member Mark Orgeron served as official witnesses along with 12 Stewards from the community. 

As The GRAND Gathering is now a committee under the QIA, the QIA now holds the oficial record through John Hendrix, the inspiration behind The GRAND Gathering. John, a QIA member, suggested the idea last year and from there it blossomed into a fantastic weekend with the culmination of the “Largest Human Letter Q” taking place.

WE DID IT! Photo - Starr BearCat - Desert Messenger
  For everyone who took part in the successful record attempt, Guinness offers the Certificate of Participation. All participants can purchase their own official Guinness World Records Certificates of Participation via the store online. Participants will need a special ID and code. To order, visit or

Staging area inside QIA - Photo Starr BearCat - Desert Messenger

Photo - Desert Flyers' Drone

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Photo Mark Goldberg - The GRAND Gathering

Also check out the Facebook Page for more photos and info on ordering:

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"Yes, We Can!" - Photo Desert Messenger


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