‘Soul Train Line’ record attempt added to Mayfest

Local senior citizens will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record this week by trying to do dances, such as the Robot, the Click-Clack, the Bump, the Spank, the Bus Stop, and the Hustle.

The Clayton County Senior Services Department announced Tuesday that it has received approval from Guinness to formally try to set a world record for the “Largest Soul Train Dance.” Department officials said they are set to make a go at setting a record, at their annual Mayfest celebration, on Friday, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Clayton County International Park, located at 2300 Ga. Hwy. 138, in Jonesboro.

They will do it in the style of the “Soul Train Line” that was popular on the syndicated dance show. People would form two lines, and pairs of dancers (one from each line) would then dance down the middle.

“We are very excited about going after the record,” Senior Services Director Mary Byrd said in a written statement. “Each year it is our goal to make Mayfest a bigger and better event for our seniors with the support of the Board of Commissioners and our community partners, and this year is no exception.”

The current record for the world’s largest Soul Train dance was set on Nov. 14, 2011, when 211 people participated in a dance at Berkeley High School, in Berkeley, Calif., according to the Guinness World Records web site, www.guinnessworldrecords.com/.

Senior Services officials said last year’s Mayfest Celebration drew a record-setting crowd of 650 people. They are hoping more than 1,000 people will attend this year’s celebration.

Call (770) 603-4050 for more information about Mayfest.