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Lil' Blue Goat Attempting to Break World Record for Ugly Sweater Party

Dec 10, 2015 08:30PM ● By Kevin
Historic Mansfield's December Third Thursdays will provide venue for Lil' Blue Goat's Holly-Daze Hootenanny and Ugly Sweater Contest. The goal of the event is two-fold: give residents a fun opportunity to shop, dine and play, and break London's Guiness World Record for the largest ugly sweater party, which stands at 639 people.

The event takes place Thursday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Santa will be in attendance for photos and wishes, and kids of all ages will get to participate in elf-yourself craft making. Stick around to be a part of the town-wide ugly sweater photo and be a part of Mansfield (and world?) history!

The grand prize for ugliest sweater will be a steel angel, which will also include a free lunch certificate from MaryLou’s Sandwich Shoppe, a gift card from Swankyville, ornaments from Casa del Sol Designs, and items from Dazzarkle and Sequel. Lil' Blue Goat's Eddie Phillips makes the garden angels from reclaimed steel. This is the first time they've been made since 2012.

Owner Mary Phillips admitted she didn't think of breaking any world records until an Internet search yielded a similar effort earlier this year in St. Louis. She saw the world record and was instantly inspired.

"I thought wow - we can beat that!" she said. She got other businesses in town involved in the party through the previous month's Third Thursday.

Lil' Blue Goat's mini pop-up parklet will be back with an ornament exchange (take one leave one), along with mistletoe and oversized tic tac toe. Main Street will exhibit late shopping hours with vendors lining the street. There will also be a chocolate bar and Mellow Mushroom will feature holiday drink specials.

Steven's Garden and Grill is sponsoring a 5k fun run and free beer for participants. All the while, Mary indicated there is still room for more.

"We have invited local artists and artisans to come set up a table - free (everything is free!) - so if there is a way to help recruit more that would be awesome," Mary said. "The rules are easy - set up about 4 in front of a business that isn't open that evening, bring your own table, bring good lighting! A table lamp works well and an extension cord. There are outlets in the planter boxes - but duct tape is handy to tape the cords down.

"If anyone wanted to loan a few of those tall propane heaters that restaurants use on patios that would be awesome!"

For updates before the event, visit the Facebook page.

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