Goodyear hopes to set Soul Train dance record

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Get ready to get your groove on as Goodyear attempts to set the world record for Largest Soul Train Dance this 4th of July!

It will happen during Friday's 9th annual Star Spangled 4th celebration, when Goodyear invites the public to get on board and be part of The Largest Soul Train Dance.

This will be Goodyear’s second attempt at a Guinness World Record. Last 4th of July, Goodyear was successful in their attempt to hold the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches.

There were 1,957 people who wore a false mustache to set a record for the largest group wearing them, surpassing the previous record of 1,532 fake mustaches worn at the Gilda’s LaughFest held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 7, 2013, according to Guinness World Records. 

"You know, we won the mustache one last year," says Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. "And we're going to smoke this one!"
Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 4, event organizers at the ballpark will start calling down people to begin lining up for the Soul Train. The Party Crashers will get the attempt underway with live music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Although there are expected to be several hundred people in the Soul Train dance, no more than two people can dance together along the Soul Train line.

The current record for the largest Soul Train dance is 291 people set by the Philadelphia Soul Train Line Dancers in Feb. 13, 2012 at the Art Museum in Philadelphia. The record took three and a half hours to complete.

“We believe we can smoke that record,” said Debbie Diveney, “Like last year’s Guinness World Record we set, this is one that involves group participation, which will be a lot of fun. We want everyone to be a part of the movement.”

Goodyear’s Star Spangled 4th event averages about 15,000 attendees. And Friday night, the city is hoping for a big crowd to help with the record.
"We would like to get 500, but we need 292 to get the world record," say city rep Mike Sakal. The current record for the largest Soul Train dance is 291 people, set by the Philadelphia Soul Train Line Dancers in 2012.

Participants have to be on the field at 7:00 p.m.

Goodyear Ball Park
1933 South Ballpark Way
Goodyear, AZ 85338