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Make your mark in history this weekend in Richmond while celebrating the city’s maritime past.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Richmond Maritime Festival will challenge the Guinness World Record for “The Most People Singing in a Nursery Rhyme Relay.” Festival organizers are recruiting singers to launch the record attempt, in which the first participant will sing the first word of the classic nursery rhyme, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, the next person the next word, and so on.

The record to beat is 154 participants. The festival is hoping to register 200 for its attempt.

Check out festival friends warming up for the challenge:

Online pre-registration is required and participants must be at least 12 years of age (youth between 12 and 17 years of age must have parental or legal guardian consent). All participants must be at Richmond’s Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site from 3 to 6 pm on Friday, August 9.

All those who partake in the group record attempt will receive a commemorative button and certificate as well as entry into a draw to win a $200 Richmond Centre Mall gift certificate.

The official record attempt will occur between 5 and 6 pm on Friday, August 9. World Record Challenge participants, their supporters, and the general public are invited to enjoy a free outdoor public concert immediately following the world record attempt.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to channel their inner pirate, sailor, mermaid or sea creature by wearing maritime-themed costumes!

BHS Fore Shore 2013

The 10th annual Richmond Maritime Festival runs from August 9 to 11 at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site. BC’s oldest shipyard will be decked out with festive, maritime-themed décor, colourful characters and ingenious exhibits with surprises around each corner.

There will also be free boarding of the tall ship Lady Washington (featured in CTV’s Once Upon a Time as the “Jolly Roger” and Pirates of the Caribbean) and other unique vessels, along with engaging historic exhibits about Canada’s West coast fishing industry and the lives of those who worked in the canneries, shipyards, and on the boats.

Festival activities run from 11 am to 6 pm, Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. Visit the website for more information.

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