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Coopersville attempts to dance its way into record books

10:17 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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  • People from around West Michigan attempt to break the record for dancing with a hula hoop.
  • People from around West Michigan attempt to break the world record for dancing with a hula hoop.
    

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds showed up to Bronco Stadium in Coopersville Friday to attempt to break the world record for number of people dancing with a hula hoop, but they fell short...this time.

The 345 participants turned Coopersville into "Hoopersville." Spirits were high, as were event organizers hopes.

"We were shooting for a thousand, but wishful thinking," said community volunteer Duane Young, who helped organize the record-breaking attempt.

A school district in Australia holds on to its record of 637 participants for now, but the Coopersville community is determined to give it another shot. The superintendent of Coopersville Public Schools has already given the green light to try breaking the record again during a football game this season, which alone should ensure a large crowd.

Rain played a factor in the lower than expected number of participants today, but that didn't dampen the mood of those in attendance.

"We said, 'Even the weather isn't going to bring us down because we're going to give it the old Coopersville try,'" said Catherine Meintsma, president of Coopersville PTA, who also helped organize the event.

Even when breaking the record was out of the question, those who showed up still let loose on the field, dancing with hula hoops in hand to the "Cha Cha Slide" and "YMCA".

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