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Surely you were following us on Twitter this past Sunday, National Bow Tie Day. If you weren't, we'll get you up to speed - Chicago-based The Tie Bar hosted a Guinness World Record event at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park. About 500 guests joined together to set the record for most people tying a bow tie at the same time.
Registration began at 2 PM where guests provided information to be included in the record book as well as receive their complimentary silk bow tie from The Tie Bar. Several demonstrations took place for those guests that were a tad rusty on their knotting skills and a DJ provided musical entertainment.
As the number of participants grew, so did the money raised for Goodwill. TheTieBar.com committed to donating $15 to charity for each participant to sign up at the event and will ultimately make a $7,500 donation to Goodwill. Additionally, one lucky guest also won a free bow tie every month for the next year in a raffle hosted by The Tie Bar
The honorable Kurt P. Klein, Circuit Judge in DeKalb County, Illinois, and Rachel DePorte, Notary Public, were on hand to officially sign off on the event. At 3:30 PM, bow tie aficionados, enthusiasts and novices alike began their first attempt. Shortly after, the crowd made a second attempt to ensure the record was set. Cheers erupted as TheTieBar.com owner, Greg Shugar unofficially announced the news of the success and the official photographer began documenting the participants and their bow ties. In order to set the record, 250 people needed to successfully tie the bow tie. Approximately 360 guests at Sunday’s event were successful and will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for final record approval.
· The Tie Bar [Official Site]
· Guinness Book of World Records [Official Site]