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Pillow fight misses world record by wide margin

About 30 participants battle with pillows during an attempt to break the world record for a pillow fight, currently at 3,708 people, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, September 23, 2011. Photo by Matt Goins 12673
About 30 participants battle with pillows during an attempt to break the world record for a pillow fight, currently at 3,708 people, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, September 23, 2011. Photo by Matt Goins 12673

The Lexington chapter of the American Cancer Society had hoped it would break a world record for the number of people in a pillow fight on Sunday. But instead of the 3,700-plus people needed, only a fraction of that showed up to the event at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Although disappointed, Krista Greathouse, executive director of the American Cancer Society, Lexington market, is calling Sunday's pillow fight a "practice run" for another attempt at the world record next year.

She said Lexington Legends President Alan Stein suggested that the organization try again next summer, with the pillow fight scheduled after one of the baseball team's regular-season home games.

Greathouse attributed Sunday's low turnout, which numbered 30 to 35 people, to the rainy weather that had previously been forecast and the fact that it wasn't paired with another event with a built-in crowd, like a Legends game.

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