Two communities look to set new world records


MARSHALL Ill. (WTWO/WAWV)- Both Casey and Marshall, Illinois are looking to set world records this year.

Marshall had an official attempt and measuring a large gavel Tuesday morning at their county courthouse.

We won’t know for sure until late September, but by the measurements, they are two feet bigger than the previously set record for worlds largest gavel.

“Since there is one already, we just have to make this one bigger. Normally if there isn’t a record set, it has to be 10 times bigger than the original object.” said Jim Bolin designer and creator of many of Casey’s large items.

Bolin also said sometimes to meet qualifications the item has to be functional.

Casey, Illinois is known for having multiple “World Largest” titles, and town leaders are looking to add more.

Bolin helped create some of the items in both Casey and Marshall to help bring more people to small communities in Illinois.

He said among the items up for titles are a swizzle spoon, a barber’s pole, a golf club, a key and a teeter-totter.

Officials said Guinness World Records will be in both Casey and Marshall Sept. 28 to announce if they won the titles.

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