WORLD APPLE BOBBING RECORD SET IN TORONTO AND 2300 APPLES DONATED TO SECOND HARVEST DURING ONTARIO APPLE GROWERS' WINTER APPLE BALL

TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Today, a World Guinness Records™ for the most people simultaneously bobbing for apples was set during the Ontario Apple Growers' (OAG) Winter Apple Ball, honouring the 200th anniversary of the McIntosh apple. In total, 357 apple enthusiasts gathered to participate in the record attempt, while one particular participant stood out from the crowd. In fact, Robb Nelson from Mississauga, not only retrieved all 10 apples from his bucket using only his mouth, but managed to do so at lightning speed in a mere 32 seconds. 

"This is unbelievable," says Nelson, "My strategy was to get those apples out of the container as quickly as possible while trying not to inhale any water.  I really wanted that trophy!"  The previous World Record had been set by the At Work/Talent Recruitment team on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 in the United-Kingdom as 277 people set a record for simultaneously bobbing for apples. In addition to the Guinness World Records™ achievement, Canadians gathered to pay homage to the 200th anniversary of one of the country's native apples: the McIntosh.  Set in the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in downtown Toronto, upwards of 1,400 people attired in jeans, tiaras and their favourite party outfits enjoyed the abundance of festivities which included: a dance performance in honour of the McIntosh apple - the McIntosh Mix Up1, fun trivia games, dancing, entertainment, sumptuous apple treats and more.

"It was history in the making as we set a World Record and celebrated the 200th anniversary of the McIntosh apple," says Kelly Ciceran, general manager of OAG. "Our goal was to give back to the local community by hosting a Winter Apple Ball on Family Day.  I'd say that everyone enjoyed the experience and this will be a day these families will remember for a long time." 

Although the event was free, each guest was invited to bring one or several Ontario apples, which would in turn be donated to Second Harvest, a charitable organization that feeds those in need.  "We are humbled by the generosity of the attendees today," says Tonia Krauser, director of communications of Second Harvest.  "We managed to collect 1,150 apples from the families who attended, which was matched apple for apple by OAG. In total, we now have 2,300 apples to distribute to the hungry of the city."

About Ontario Apple Growers
The Ontario Apple Growers represents 250 commercial apple growers. There are about 16,000 acres of apples produced in Ontario. The major apple-producing areas in Ontario are along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. For more information, visit www.onapples.com.

About Second Harvest
Second Harvest is a charitable organization that takes a common-sense approach to hunger. For the past 25 years Second Harvest has been picking up donated, perishable food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering that food to over 200 social service agencies in Toronto. Recognized for efficiency and impact of services, independent research group Charity Intelligence Canada named Second Harvest a Ci Recommended Charity in 2009. The organization recently received a 'Grade A' from MoneySense magazine.

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1 Available for viewing on www.onapples.com


SOURCE Ontario Apple Growers

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