World record set at Fort Stevenson s’mores event

Submitted Photo Kaylee Miller of Bismarck enjoys her s’mores at the record-setting event Saturday at Fort Stevenson for the most pepole making s’mores simultaneously.

GARRISON — Fort Stevenson State Park became home to the Guinness World Records title for the most people making s’mores simultaneously as part of the park’s 50th anniversary event Saturday. The park recorded 1,150 participants, beating the former record of 891.

An official judge from Guinness World Records was on site to verify the record and confirm that 1,150 people simultaneously made s’mores, according to North Dakota Parks and Recreation.

“We are ecstatic to have achieved this record, knowing it couldn’t have happened without the amazing people of North Dakota,” said Fort Stevenson State Park Manager Chad Trautman in a releasing noting the achievement. “Our 50th anniversary is a significant milestone, and this record attempt was the perfect way to celebrate. All the volunteers and visitors that came together to make history today helped us create an unforgettable event.”

Mike Stenvold of Minot said he went to be part of history and to put North Dakota in the record books.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” he said. “It takes a lot of organization, a lot of volunteers and a lot of good sponsors. And they had that.”

“Just to see it unfold so well organized was fun for me,” said Curt Gilbraith of Loraine. Even the drone pilot documenting the event kept his equipment steady on the blustery day while trees helped shelter the crowd from the wind, he said.

Participants gathered at tables of 10 with fire pits for melting marshmallows. They had 20 seconds to melt their marshmallows simultaneously, and everyone’s s’more was verified before it could be eaten.

Stenvold and Gilbraith noted they don’t eat much chocolate but had no complaints about the s’mores.

“I hadn’t had any for many years,” Gilbraith said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Participants also came away with small commemorative cups, their marshmallow forks and wristbands to remember the event.


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