More than 1,800 people in Greater Kaohsiung broke a world record yesterday by knitting scarves simultaneously to top off a cultural festival.
A total of 1,805 knitters — including students and community volunteers — completed nearly finished scarves at Fongshan Stadium to mark the end of the Cao Jin Cultural Festival.
They broke the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Number of People Knitting Simultaneously” in a single location that was set by 1,146 knitters at Ireland’s Roscommon Lamb Festival on April 30.
The record-breaking knit-a-thon was witnessed by Tsai Po-ying (蔡柏英), deputy director-general of Greater Kaohsiung’s Civil Affairs Bureau and a lawyer.
The organizers said they would register the feat with the Guinness World Records.
The scarves will be given away to underpriviledged groups, including the disabled, senior citizens living in nursing homes and single-parent families, the organizers said.
The annual festival is held in memory of Cao Jin (曹謹), a municipal director during the Qing Dynasty, for his efforts to build the Caogong Canal, which consisted of 44 water channels that helped irrigate 2,473 hectares of agricultural land.