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Spokane Hoopfest turns 25!

Friday, January 1, 2010by  Taylor Orian

Spokane, Washington – home of the world’s largest 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament, Hoopfest. This year, Spokane celebrated its 25th year of Hoopfest and thousands of players and fans came out to participate in the fun!

The WALLY Team was able to attend and brought some added entertainment to the event by hosting our Free Throwdown competition, prize wheel, and Signs of Encouragement (because we know supportive fans are just as important as the players on the court!)

For those of you who aren’t as familiar with Hoopfest, this year’s tournament hosted 6,905 teams and 27,750 players. The entire tournament is made up of 450 courts that span over 42 city blocks!

Who would’ve thought that the city of Spokane would be the home to the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world?! This fun-fact got us wondering if there were any other world records held in the state of Washington, and we did! Read on to see what we found!

  1. The city of Vancouver holds the world record for the “fasted time to print 500 sheets by a color desktop printer.” The Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro X551 and Officejet Pro X576w completed the task in seven minutes and nineteen seconds on April 6, 2012!

  2. The First Snowflake Freakout Lady would shudder at the thought of knowing that Seattle holds the world record for the “largest snowball fight!” 5,834 participants came together on January 12, 2013 at Seattle Center to break the world record that was previously held by China.

  3. All Supercharged Seahawks Fans know they hold the world record for the “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium.” On December 2, 2013, the 12th man reached volumes of 137.6 dbA at Centurylink Stadium in Seattle!

  4. And more recently, in the spirit of Seattle Pride Sinfinite Events, along with Seattle Pride and SeattleGayScene.com organized the world’s largest Drag State Show. The show came together on June 19, 2014 and featured 42 drag queens and one drag king!

As Washingtonians, we should be proud of all of our World Records! There’s no stopping us from claiming the title to many more, so the question is, what World Record should we set out to accomplish next?

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