By Caleb Ellis
A group self-titled the LBCC kickers fell short during an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most pairs of boots worn Thursday, May 23 in front of the Auditorium in the LAC Quad.
The founder of the group, Leonard Kelley, got the idea for the record while he noticed the amount of students who walk around on the campuses wearing boots on a daily basis.
“People seem proud to show off their boots,” Kelley said. “I thought this would be a cool and fun way for them to show off and kick some class.”
The project originally focused on just a photo to boost student collaboration between both the LAC and the PCC. After realizing no record had been set, Guinness World Records was contacted.Guinness had no requested limit of participants to recognize the record. Instead, Guinness requested the event be well documented and sent along with a fee before deciding if the feat is record-worthy.
The fee for a judge to come to a record-attempting event is $8,000 plus two days worth of expenses.
“I’m hoping to raise the fee through donations and vendors,” Kelley said.
A standard has been set on what constitutes a boot. Not including the heel, the boot had to be at least 7 inches in length from the point of the heel up the calf. 21 students were excited by the idea and signed up to be an LBCC kicker, spreading word for the event across the campuses and various social media outlets.
“Right now we’re an unincorporated club on campus,” Kelley said. “My hope is that we can become an official club and turn this into an annual event.”
Students unaware of the event were attracted by the signs on the caution tape to have their boots counted for the record.
Jennifer Avelar, 22, a fashion design major, stopped in for the event after seeing the signs and caution tape. “I always wear my boots,” Avelar said. “I wasn’t planning on being part of boot day, but why not help set a record.”
Adrian Novotny, an anthropology teacher, showed up with full cowboy attire with matching spurs to show his spirit for the record. “It’s fun, it’s childish,” Novotny said, “Both of those things are right up my alley.” At the end of the event, the number of participants fell well below the hopes of Kelley.
“Even though we didn’t set a record, I met some really great people.” Kelley said. “I look forward to our next attempt.