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Welland Floatfest Going for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ Title Attempt

Posted Jun 28th, 2017 in Municipal, Sports and Recreation, Sports and Recreation, welland

Welland Floatfest Going for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ Title Attempt

The Niagara Story Place sponsored by Calhoun


An Official Attempt at a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title to take place at Welland Floatfest July 30th

photo from floatfest 2016

Today Welland Floatfest announces a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ official attempt for the title of Longest line of water inflatables to take place on July 30th, 2017 at the Welland Scuba Park.

The second annual Welland Floatfest event is set to put Welland on the map internationally again with the addition of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt. The Longest line of water inflatables must measure in excess of 100 metres. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator will be on hand at the event to verify and declare the attempt as an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title should it be successful. This addition to Welland Floatfest has been made possible by Canadian Tire Corporation and the interest of the Canadian Tire store in Welland to provide a fun community event.

“Canadian Tire has been dedicated to the promotion of healthy, active living and building safer communities since 1922 through investment in social cause and community sponsorships across Canada.  By contributing as a sponsor to Welland Floatfest, this year in a much larger way by including the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt and the addition of fireworks, we are furthering our commitment to being good neighbours in Welland. We are looking forward to the 2017 event,” offered Owen Billes, Canadian Tire, Welland.

"A Guinness World Records™ title attempt for the Longest line of water inflatables will help provide for an exciting afternoon on the water for the visitors to Welland Floatfest," said Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator. "We will be monitoring the line of water inflatables to ensure that it is longer than 100 meters (329 feet) to establish a new Guinness World Records title."

Welland Floatfest began with one young man's dream of a community event on the water in Welland after seeing images from the Kaljakellunta event in Helsinki, Finland.  This young man was Phil Gladman, a 25-year-old, Wellander who thought a day on the waters of Welland, at a family-friendly event would be great for the citizens of Welland.  With the help of Leanna Villella and a team of her friends, community business leaders, the City of Welland, Canadian Tire and other corporate sponsors, the event was put together in just six weeks.

In 2016, over 1300 participants were registered and just shy of 800 enjoyed the day on the water on their floaties.

Welland Floatfest is Niagara's only lazy canal.  A place for families to come together and float on Welland's Recreational Canal on inflatable rafts, dinghies, floaties. No kayaks, canoes or other watercraft will be permitted, with the exception of safety watercraft. Participants are encouraged to pre-register and complete waivers to speed the registration process. No alcohol, pets or drones will be permitted at the event.

The 2017 Event includes

Floating on the Canal while enjoying music and camaraderie with friends and family.

NEW: This year only, Canada 150 theme with participation of the Canada 150 in Welland Committee

NEW: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt for the Longest line of water inflatables

NEW Kidzone: A fun area featuring inflatable bouncing units, face painting, arts and crafts

NEW: Corporate Team Challenge - a contest dedicated to the business community for best themed floaties and participants.

Live Music: Featuring 9 local bands throughout the day including Ashlynne Vince, Jessica Wilson, This Time Around, The Rob Graham Band, Revive the Rose, Eklectic, Filet of Soul,  Four Point View, and Sunset Strip, with the master of ceremonies being Steve Szabo.

Food Vendors: all family favourites from caramel corn to gourmet.

Retail Vendors and Artisans: local retailers and artisans promoting their products and services to the attendees of the event.

Non-Perishable Food Donations - once again collected with proceeds to The Hope Centre and Open Arms Mission  

NEW: Fireworks: The day will be brought to a close with a fireworks display.

The 2017 Welland Floatfest committee encourages all interested in attending the event to register on-line. Prizes are being awarded for every 100th person registered. This will speed up the registration process for a fun, safe and enjoyable day for all.

As one could imagine, an event such as this takes many hands. The committee is also seeking volunteers for a variety of positions including lifeguards, security, traffic control, and registration. If interested in helping, individuals can register on-line to become a volunteer.

While food vendors are sold-out, however there are remaining spots available for retail vendors at a very reasonable fee.

Further information can be found by visiting 

Welland Floatfest 2017 has been made possible by the generous contributions of the following sponsors:

Welland Floatfest Sponsors

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