Neil Bergquist wants Seattleites to set another Guinness World Record and raise money for charity, but this time it’s all about water balloons instead of snowballs.
Bergquist, director of Seattle’s SURF Incubator, previously led the charge in helping Seattle break the record for world’s largest snowball fight and helped raise $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of King County.
Now he’s doing the same, but replacing snowballs with water balloons.
To do this, Bergquist created Party Camp, a new one-day adult summer camp experience on August 17 in Seattle Center. Party Camp is designed to raise $75,000 to send 35-to-40 kids from Children’s Hospital to Camp Korey, which offers camps for children with serious and life-altering medical conditions at no cost.
The current Guinness World Record for Largest Water Balloon Fight was set by the University of Kentucky in 2011 with 8,957 participants and 175,141 water balloons. Party Camp wants to abolish that with 300,000 water balloons and 12,000 people.
So how the heck do you fill up 300,000 water balloons? Well, Bellevue’s Intellectual Ventures and Seattle’s Igor Institute are teaming up to engineer a way to rapidly fill them up. They currently have a few prototypes in the works and we’ll be following up with the companies to find out more about this.
Here are a few rules for the big day:
- All participants must be at least 18 years old
- Do not bring water balloons, propulsion devices or lawn furniture.
- No head shots. If you have bad aim, aim lower.
- No physical contact.
- Be safe and have fun! Camp counselors will be on patrol.
And the agenda for Party Camp:
- 12:00pm Gates and beer garden open
- 1:00pm Water Balloon Toss Competition
- 2:00pm Live music begins
- 4:00pm Guinness World Record Attempt
- 4:45pm Record holder celebration
- 7:00pm Say our goodbyes
For more information, check out the Party Camp website. Here’s a video from last year’s epic snowball fight: