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LaughFest Attempt to Break World Record

The nation's only community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda's LaughFest, which includes 266 events on 62 stages, has announced plans to kick off this year's festival by holding several community events on Thursday, March 8, including setting a new Guinness World Record. This year's record will be for the largest gathering of people who are wearing animal noses – specifically, chicken beaks. Following the community kickoff, several area restaurants and bars will be holding special LaughFest chicken dinner specials, free opening night parties and comedy preview shows.

Last year, 925 rubber chickens were tossed in Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids shattering the previous record of 265, set near Boston, Mass. There is no current record for the greatest number of people wearing animal noses at a single venue.  Individuals wishing to help set the record will be provided with an officialLaughFest chicken beak.  Individuals bringing a rubber chicken with them will be entered into a random prize drawing for LaughFest tickets and merchandise. To celebrate the record-setting event, participants will have the opportunity to dance the chicken dance to live polka music by The Diddlestyx.

· 5 p.m., beak lineup begins near Rosa Parks Circle

· 5:45 p.m., world record practice and preliminary instructions

· 6 p.m., official attempt to set a new world record

Other opening events include LaughFest chicken dinners at 11 area restaurants. A portion of the money from every dinner sold will be donated to Gilda's Club. TheLaughFest chicken dinners will be available beginning at 6 p.m. Participating restaurants include:

· Bar Divani, 15 Ionia St. SW

· Bobarino's, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, inside the Bob

· Chapbook Café, 40 Fountain St. NW, inside Schuler Books

· Cottage Bar, 18 LaGrave SE

· Bistro Lounge, 11 Monroe Ave. NW, inside Courtyard by Marriott

· Fifth Third Bank Vault Restaurant & Bar, 130 W Fulton, inside Van Andel Arena

· Grand Central Market, 57 Monroe Center

· Heritage Restaurant at GRCC, 151 Fountain Street NE

· Rockwell – Republic, 45. S. Divison

· University Club of Grand Rapids, 111 Lyon St. NW

· Z's Bar and Restaurant, 168 Louis Campau Promenade

More information about the chicken dinners can be found at http://downtowngr.org/laughfestchickendinners/

Beginning at 8 p.m., four area restaurants will hold "Opening Night Parties," which are open to the public.  The participating restaurants will have drink specials, giveaways and other surprises.  Opening Night Parties will be held at:

· One Trick Pony Grill and Taproom, 136 E. Fulton St.

· Pub 43, 43 Division Ave.

· Sundance Grill, 40 Pearl Street

· TGI Friday's, 50 Monroe Ave.

Opening night comedy shows will be held at various locations at 8 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. LaughFest comics will provide a sneak peak of some of the Clean Comedy Showcase and local comedians who will be featured during the 10-day festival.  A suggested $5 donation to Gilda's Club will be collected at the door.  Fast passes are available for these shows at LaughFest Central, which will guarantee the holder a seat at the show as long as they are seated 15 minutes prior to start time.  Artists  participating include: Don Friesen, Rex Havens, Jeff Caldwell, Keith Alberstadt, Rocky LaPorte, Brad Upton, Jan McInnis, Tim Cavanagh, Stu McCallister, Adam Degi, Matt Lauria, Ben Wilke, Dave Dyer, Hen Sapp, Jerry Donovan and Allen Trieu. The Opening Night Preview shows will be held at:

· 25 Kitchen & Bar, 25 Ottawa Ave.

· The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave.

· McFaddden's Restaurant & Saloon, 58 Ionia

· The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave.

Thursday, March 08, 2012
 Starts at 05:00 PM

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Rosa Parks Circle
Monroe Center & Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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