Saskatoon aims to break snowball fight world record

January 29, 2016 - 12:10pm
Nathan Thoen.
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Nathan Thoen.

A Saskatoon team is aiming to break the world record for the biggest snowball fight, and everyone's invited.
Yukigassen is Japanese for "snow battle," and the name of Nathan Thoen's Canadian team.
He will be heading to Japan with his teammates next month for the world championships. But before they leave they plan to make a mark in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Seattle currently holds the world record for the largest fight, but Thoen said that our confidence in the snow will be an asset.
"In Seattle they had 5,834 people, so we need 5,835 people in order to break this world record," Thoen said.
People are invited to take part on Sunday, Jan. 31 as part of the PotashCorp WinterShines Festival in Saskatoon.
The group will meet at River Landing at 3 p.m., where official counters will start tracking numbers. From there, a parade will lead the group to Victoria Park where the actual fight will take place.
Tents with heaters will be set up to make sure snow is the perfect consistency, and participants only need to throw one snowball to make it count.
"We highly encourage people to bring their kids out," Thoen said, adding that there will be different zones for people who want more action and those who want to play on the sidelines.
"I think it's time for Saskatoon to take what's rightfully ours."

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