Everyone we met at Dolly Day Denver

The group is hopeful Guinness will recognize their gathering as the largest crowd of Dolly Partons in history.

Everyone we met at Dolly Day Denver at the Oriental Theatre, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Everyone we met at Dolly Day Denver at the Oriental Theatre, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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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:

Maggie Spencer and Anna Castano. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Maggie Spencer and Anna Castano. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Dolly Day Denver organizers Lynda Kelley and Annie Medina pose for a portrait. Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Dolly Day Denver organizers Lynda Kelley and Annie Medina pose for a portrait. Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

 

“It’s intense. It’s a lot of hair.”

-Bella du Jour

 

 

Siousie Cupcakes and Bella du Jour and Dafhne Snow and her friend, who asked not to be named. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Siousie Cupcakes and Bella du Jour and Dafhne Snow and her friend, who asked not to be named. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

TJ Kizuka, Brittany Charboneau and Chrissy McAden. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

TJ Kizuka, Brittany Charboneau and Chrissy McAden. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Megan Hickey and Charlie Valentine. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Megan Hickey and Charlie Valentine. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

“She’s my hero … She’s 100 percent herself, and sometimes people need to know it’s OK to be yourself.”

-TJ Kizuka

 

 

Shundia Jackson and Jeremy Johnson. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Shundra Jackson and Jeremy Johnson. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Abbey Charles and Alex Eschen pose for a portrait during Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Abbey Charles and Alex Eschen pose for a portrait during Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Angie Perry, Lori Raymond and Shelley Bezek. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Angie Perry, Lori Raymond and Shelley Bezek. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

“She’s just super genuine and she’s obviously an amazing, amazing artist — and she gives back.”

-Shelly Bezek

 

 

Laray Dembiczak and Josie Pack and Stuart Sanks, AKA Shirley Delta Blow. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Laray Dembiczak and Josie Pack and Stuart Sanks, AKA Shirley Delta Blow. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Sarah Tuomi and Susan Squibb and Angi Xanders. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Sarah Tuomi and Susan Squibb and Angi Xanders. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

 

“She’s an icon, just the ultimate in femininity, and her attitude is amazing. She’s so kind and funny and talented.”

Susan Squibb

 

 

Nikole Strickler and Anjanette Douglass. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nikole Strickler and Anjanette Douglass. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Erin Moohat, Megan Hickey and Tara McMurtry pose for a portrait during Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Erin Moohat, Megan Hickey and Tara McMurtry pose for a portrait during Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Erica Garroutte and Kari Lynn and Stephanie Evan and Tiffany Fodor. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Erica Garroutte and Kari Lynn and Stephanie Evan and Tiffany Fodor. Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

 

“I love Dolly Parton so much, it makes my heart hurt.”

-Dafhne Snow

 

 

All the Dollys gather for Dolly Day Denver's official count, which will be submitted to Guinness for consideration as a world record, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All the Dollys gather for Dolly Day Denver's official count, which will be submitted to Guinness for consideration as a world record, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All the Dollys gather for Dolly Day Denver's official count, which will be submitted to Guinness for consideration as a world record, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All the Dollys gather for Dolly Day Denver's official count, which will be submitted to Guinness for consideration as a world record, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stuart Sanks, AKA Shirley Delta Blow, does drag storytime at Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stuart Sanks, AKA Shirley Delta Blow, does drag storytime at Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All the Dollys gather for Dolly Day Denver's official count, which will be submitted to Guinness for consideration as a world record, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All the Dollys gather for Dolly Day Denver's official count, which will be submitted to Guinness for consideration as a world record, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Oriental Theatre is open for Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Oriental Theatre is open for Dolly Day Denver, Jan. 26, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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