Ottawa breaks Guinness World Record for most snowmen

February 1, 2016 | by glebeadmin

We did it!

Ottawa took back the Guinness World Record for most snowmen built in an hour Sunday at TD Place when close to 2,000 builders showed up to create pint-sized snowmen all over the stadium field.

The number to beat was 2,036 set by Japan last year and Ottawa answered big with a narrow margin of 2,069 snowmen.

“Let’s take back what is rightfully ours,” said Cracking up the Capital Festival Director John Helmkay before the start of the event.

“Ottawa should be the snow capital of the world,” he added.

As soon as the bell went off, hundreds of kids and families ran on to the field, armed with bags of carrots, sticks, CBC pins and flags to use as arms, eyes and noses. Many were seen rolling big balls of snow, while others used mounds of snow as a base for their skinny, tower-like snowmen.

An hour later, the field at TD Place was littered with clusters of little snowmen, but it was impossible to tell just how many were there. Many seemed to think we were short of the 2,037 goal, but when the count came in, it was clear that we were ahead by just 33 snowmen.

The challenge was put on by Ottawa’s Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival to raise money and awareness for mental health in Ontario.

Approximately 2,000 people showed up to build snowmen and although Helmkay isn’t sure yet how much money was raised, he hopes it was more than the $12,000 raised for mental health last year.

But Cracking up the Capital isn’t quite over yet. In fact, it’s really just beginning.

The comedy festival continues Tuesday and Wednesday night with the Comedy Competition Finals at Yuk Yuk’s, where local comics will battle it out for a spot at the Feb. 6 finale. Click here for tickets.

Thursday’s Best of the Second City will feature Patrick McKenna of Red Green and Traders fame along with The Second City’s Touring Company for a night of original sketch comedy and unscripted improv. The show is at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Tickets here.

On Friday night, join This Hour Has 22 Minutes Creator Mary Walsh for Women of Comedy: Because it’s 2016. Catch female comics Susan Kent, Cathy Jones and Sharron Matthews in a “gender parity” show that will have you in stitches. Get tickets here.

Cracking up the Capital wraps up Saturday at TD Place with the Comedy Night in Canada show, featuring a handful of top Canadian comics, including headliner Gerry Dee. Click here for tickets.