Thousands of residents gathered in the City of Kitchener on Sunday to take part in a Guinness Book of World Record attempt.

As part of the City’s centennial celebrations, the City of Kitchener was attempting to set the world record for the longest picnic, in terms of length, not time.  

Manager of Special Events for the City of Kitchener, Jeff Young, tells 570 News the record to beat “spans approximately 2 kilometres.” He says around 8,000 people would have comfortably helped them set a new record which would make it just under 3kilometres.

According to city councillor Berry Vrbanovic, around 5,000 people turned out to eat their lunches on picnic tables that stretched over 2,200 metres, unofficially breaking the record set in Germany 3 years ago by roughly 300 metres.

The record attempt was held from Francis to Frederick Streets, then up and back along Duke Street.

Guinness World Records will make the final call on the record bid and is expected to get back to city officials in the next few weeks.