Recently, the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College capped off its month-long student appreciation activities by making the World’s Longest Popcorn Chain. In just three hours, 56 volunteers created a popcorn string that was 910 feet long. But more than just making history, it was about bringing the students, staff, and community together and putting Cincinnati State on the map.
“I heard about it and thought it sounded like fun and it was something very different. You only get to be part of history maybe once in your life,” Krissy Paddock, a Cincinnati State employee, said.
They popped 50 lbs. of raw Monster Mushroom corn, which was donated by Gold Medal Products Co., Cincinnati, off and on for a week. The large barrels of popcorn quickly disappeared as everyone threaded individual 3-foot strands, which were then tied together to make the 910-foot final strand. It also quickly became a fun rivalry with the flurry of fingers flying and trash talking. Each person tried to beat the clock and each other to claim top bragging rights — one student even completed 33 strands for 99 feet.
Everything was caught on film by Cincinnati State and Gold Medal employees to meet Guinness World Records’ strict guidelines for record acceptance. The group took multiple photographs, recorded the session, measured the chain throughout the process, and had four community volunteers to serve as a judge, a surveyor, and two observers. The entire course takes months from the lengthy application to the review process, and Cincinnati State still awaits the official verdict. But for the Student Activities department and Campus President Dr. O'dell M. Owens the pride is already apparent and the true measure of success was the students’ excitement.
“The students need a release from exams and classes. We are the fun office, but we also bring the community together with speakers and other engaging programs. It’s about them.” Mary Beth Barnes, Student Activities/Adm., noted and smiled while watching the bubbly group stretch out the final strand.