Guinness, the authority on world records, does not have a listing in their archive for the most people dressed up as Dolly Parton during a single event. But, thanks to a Dolly Parton party on Sunday, that could change.
Dolly Day Denver organizers Lynda Kelley and Annie Medina decided the high queen of country needed such a recognition in the world’s archives. Kelley said they contacted Guinness about their idea for a new record and the organization responded with a list of parameters in which to verify their claim. It involved kicking everyone out of the main room at the Oriental Theater and letting only sanctioned Parton portrayers re-enter, one at a time, under a strict count. By the time everyone had entered the room, there were 101 people dressed in blonde wigs, pumps and glistening lips.
They then needed to wait for five minutes, to make sure the numbers stuck. The whole thing was recorded, including a rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Parton, who turned 74 years young last week.
Many people who attended in costume said it was their first time dressing the part, but most everyone said Parton holds a special place in their hearts.
The event featured a silent auction which, combined with ticket sales, benefitted the local chapter of Parton’s nonprofit, Imagination Library.
Here’s everyone we met:
“It’s intense. It’s a lot of hair.”
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“She’s my hero … She’s 100 percent herself, and sometimes people need to know it’s OK to be yourself.”
“She’s just super genuine and she’s obviously an amazing, amazing artist — and she gives back.”
“She’s an icon, just the ultimate in femininity, and her attitude is amazing. She’s so kind and funny and talented.”
“I love Dolly Parton so much, it makes my heart hurt.”