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Help set a world record for Kinship

Be part of a possible Guinness World Record-setting event in Perham next Saturday, as Kinship tries to pull together at least 1,000 people to float out on Little Pine Lake.

"Floatin' to a Guinness World Record" will be held July 7 at Zorbaz, with registration starting at 10 a.m. and the floaters connecting out on the water at noon. A plane will fly over at noon to get a photograph of everyone holding hands.

People may bring their own raft, tube or other personal flotation device; rafts will be for sale on site for those who need one. An air compressor will also be on site; cost to use it will be $1.

"This is the first year we've done this, and it's a one-time deal," said Jill Shipman, director of Kinship of the Perham Area.

The current record was set in Italy, with 864 floaters, according to Shipman.

Cost to participate in the event is $10 per person, with all proceeds going to the local Kinship. If 1,000 people or more show up, the Otto Bremer Foundation has agreed to match funds up to $10,000.

Shipman said money raised will be used to help the Perham Kinship program expand into all of Otter Tail County.

"We want to support the kids in Otter Tail County," Shipman said. "We want to get them mentors. We have 46 kids on the waiting list right now, and with the expansion, we're going to really reach out to a lot of kids."

Parking will be available just down the street from Zorbaz, at Paul Miller Park, with shuttle service available.

A costume contest will offer a Zorbaz gift certificate to the group wearing the best costume.