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Published July 06, 2013, 06:05 PM

Perham aims for second world record attempt on the water

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) - People in Perham today took a second stab at a Guinness World Record for the world's largest flotilla. Last year, the fundraiser for Kinship Partners drew more than 350 people.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) - People in Perham today took a second stab at a Guinness World Record for the world's largest flotilla. Last year, the fundraiser for Kinship Partners drew more than 350 people.

A little morning rain didn't scare these sea-creatures away from Little Pine Lake.

Julie Hanson, Flotilla Member: "Rain or shine, whether we were indoors or out, we were going to be here."

They traveled all the way from Enderlin, North Dakota to help attempt a record: the world's most populous human flotilla. A flotilla is a group of boats, or in this case, people on flotation devices. And talk about dedication, they spent months on those costumes.

Hanson: "It was January when we started making them but some of our pirates started growing their beards as early as last September."

About 150 people showed up to float, a little short of the more than 800 needed. But the good news is that this day was about much more than just breaking a record.

The flotilla raised money for Kinship Partners, a mentorship program that provides positive role models to youth. Participants paid $10 each and the Otto Bremer foundation matched the money raised.

Marilyn Hofland, Kinship After School Program: "The kids are able to experience a lot of things that they wouldn't normally experience in their home life. Whether it be because of shortage of time, single-parent household, economic reasons."

Marilyn Hofland has been involved with the Kinship after school program for more than 15 years. She says this event is a fun way to help the kids.

Hofland: "I think it's awesome. I think we all want to have a stronger community and part of that is having stronger youth."

This was the second year Kinship has taken a stab at the record. Last year more than 350 people showed up. And even though the old record stands, they scored a big win for the more than 200 Kinship kids in the area.

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