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Unique Guinness World Records held by locals

There are some truly unique world records set throughout the world. Here are a handful of records proudly held by locals in the Fort Worth area.

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The 1,710 ft slip ’n’ slide was located on Panther Island as part of Pantherfest. | Photo by Guinness World Record

Does anyone else remember flipping through Guinness World Record books when you were a kid and thinking how cool it would be to set one yourself? We did a little research and found that several Fort Worthians have achieved the record-setting goal.

From the “World’s Tallest Dog” to the “Longest BBQ Marathon,” here are just a few of the most impressive titles claimed right here in Cowtown.

Trinity River Vision Authority

In 2015, during PantherFest, the Trinity River Vision Authority broke the world record for the longest distance traveled on a slip ’n’ slide in one hour. Hundreds of people threw themselves down the plastic slide and traveled a collective distance of 2,541,060 ft in just 60 minutes.

Panther City BBQ

In 2022, the local barbecue hotspot set a Guinness World Record for the Longest BBQ Marathon Team. The pitmasters slow-cooked meats continuously for 40 hours, 49 minutes, and 17 seconds. The best part? All the food went to local frontline workers.

Sky Elements Drones

The Fort Worth-based drone company broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Aerial Image formed by drones during a holiday show in North Richland Hills in December 2023. The company used 1,499 drones to create an image of a Christmas tree during a sold-out show.

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In 2021, Arlington ISD set the Guinness World Record for the largest homecoming mum. | Photo by Arlington ISD

Arlington ISD

The local school district set a Guinness World Record for the largest homecoming mum. The district’s special education department achieved the feat in October 2021 while raising awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The mum measured just over 11 square meters, beating the previous world record of 6.5 square meters.

Dunbar High School

In 2023, a group of students at Dunbar High School set a record for cutting the World’s Largest Paper Snowflake. The snowflake measured 58 inches, almost 23 inches longer than the previous record set in 2022 by Northern Illinois University.

Dr. H. Howard Hughes

The English professor at Texas Wesleyan University (1935-1968) set the Guinness record for the Most Ardent Theatergoer by attending 6,136 shows from 1957 to 1987.

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The Cutting Edge ghoul has graced the skyline once again.

Photo by @_jrh79

Cutting Edge Haunted House

Known as one of the scariest places in Fort Worth, the haunted house was named a Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Largest Haunted Attraction and World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted House in 2009.

Zeus the Great Dane

The pure-bred American Great Dane from Fort Worth broke the Guinness World Record as the World’s Tallest Male Dog in 2022 measuring 3 ft, 5.18 inches. Sadly, Zeus passed away in 2023 after developing bone cancer, which later led to pneumonia.

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