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State House honors Hoschton’s scarecrow world record attempt

POSTED: January 29, 2009 11:39 p.m.
ATLANTA — Somewhere between considering new legislation and dealing with the state’s budget crisis, the Georgia House of Representatives made time to honor the Hoschton Fall Festival Committee and the city’s residents for their work toward setting a world record.
 
House Reps. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, and Terry England, R-Auburn, penned House Resolution 146 “commending and recognizing the Hoschton Fall Festival Committee and the citizens of Hoschton, Georgia, for setting a world record for the Most Scarecrows in One Location; and for other purposes,” the resolution notes.
 
It was written during the second week of the legislative session then read and adopted on Jan. 28.
 
Guinness denied the city’s bid for the world record because scarecrows were stationed across the Hoschton zip code, rather than in one central location. However, the Florida-based World Records Academy said the city reached a new world record, a point that was noted in the resolution.
 
“Well, we just thought that Hoschton ought to be honored even though they didn’t get the Guinness World Record,” Benton said.
 
Benton also said he had the chance to donate to the cause and drove through the city a few times to see the scarecrows.
 
“Some of them were quite original,” he said.
 
Hoschton Mayor Bill Copenhaver said he was glad to hear about the resolution and all it means.
 
“We’re very appreciative of the support of Tommy (Benton) and everybody in Jackson County for helping us reach the record,” he said.
 
The city will receive a certificate with the resolution on it within the next week, which will be framed and placed in Hoschton City Hall. Copenhaver also said the city is waiting to receive its certificate from the World Records Academy noting the scarecrow record, and could receive one from the U.S. Congress as well.
 
“I just got a phone call from Rep. Paul Broun’s office yesterday, and hopefully within the next two weeks the resolution will be part of the Congressional Record,” which means the resolution will be put in the minutes for Congress’s session, he said. “We’ll get a certificate for that, too.”


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