National S’mores Day is Wednesday, and the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California plan to celebrate by breaking the Guinness World Record for most people making s’mores simultaneously.
This marshmallow-roasting event takes place at Rocklin’s Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 Fifth St., and the scouts are inviting everyone to join.
“You don’t have to be a Girl Scout (or even a girl) to participate—this event is open to the public,” said Stephanie Riley, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California spokeswoman. “They just have to register in advance.”
The Girl Scouts are anticipating a large turnout with 500 registrations already completed online, Riley said.
The record for people making s’mores is 423, and was broken in April by Hollister Co. and SeriousFun Children’s Network, a camp for children with serious illnesses.
“The Girl Scouts have a long history of making s’mores,” Riley said. “We want to take back s’mores and we’d be so proud to hold this record.”
The first 500 people to arrive will receive a commemorative s’mores patch. If the record is broken, scouts will receive a special world record patch. In addition to the park’s six fire pits the Girl scouts are providing an additional 35 burners to accommodate the large crowd.
“We have portable fire sources set up and tested it up at our camp along with fire procedures in place,” she said.
Participants will be organized into teams of 20 and directed by a team leader. When signaled to start, participants must roast their marshmallows for 10 seconds, lift it from the fire, place it onto the graham cracker and chocolate, then squish together the other cracker in a synchronized motion, according to Guinness World Records.
Guinness also requires each marshmallow must show signs of roasting or charring. All s’mores have to be served to event participants and not wasted. Fifteen officials are selected to ensure s’mores are up to roasting standards.
After the s’mores showdown, people are invited to have picnics at the park and enjoy food trucks, an obstacle course or various crafting, science and nature activities.
This event is free. The last day to register is Tuesday. All volunteers need is a 24-inch roasting stick, the scouts will provide the rest.