Photo by Bob Harrington
UPDATE: All 6,000+ tickets are sold-out for the snowball fight! However, you can still win by commenting below. Also, we are giving out two pairs of additional tickets on our Facebook page here.
It doesn’t snow often in Seattle, but it will on January 12th. On that day, 162,000 pounds (34 dump trucks!) of snow will be brought to the Seattle Center in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest snowball fight. Over 6,000 people are scheduled to participate and there will also be giant snow forts, live music, and a pub crawl. All proceeds go to benefit the boys and girls club of King County
WIN TICKETS: We are giving away THREE pairs of tickets to participate, so that you and your friend(s) can be a part of snowball fight history. Tickets are $25 each. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Friday, January 11th.
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More Info: Snow, Forts, Music, Pub-crawl, and You
From our partners at Snow Day:
Largest Snowball Fight
Seattle Center | More info: http://www.snow.co/
January 12th, 2012
Noon: Registration begins
1:00pm: Snow Fort and Snow Castle competition begins
4:30pm: Snow Fort and Snow Castle winners announced
5:00pm: World’s largest snowball fight
6:00pm: Pub crawl and war stories
Embrace the inner child in all of us
Snow Days are a magical time when the world’s expectations and burdens suddenly come to a halt. The pace of life slows down, the responsibilities of a habitual day change; nature speaks up and says, “Hey! Don’t forget who’s in charge.” While we can’t control Mother Nature, we can orchestrate a festival built around the attitudes and merriment of a Snow Day.
After a series of hilarious phone calls, we’ve finally figured out how to transport 162,000 lbs. of snow from the mountain passes into Seattle Center. Local organizations will use the snow to build forts and castles in an epic competition against snow kings and queens.
Minutes after the most majestic snow fort is crowned, six thousand people will descend upon the snow fort village in an attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Snowball Fight (officially held by the Republic of Korea at 5,387 participants). But snow day is about much more than just breaking a world record. It’s an opportunity to express our Northwest pride and love by embracing the inner child in all of us. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF KING COUNTY. BOO-YEA!
January 12th – 100% chance of snow.
With a fort you have the ability to insulate yourself (somewhat) from the flurry. But it will cost you. Right now the fort building is limited to GROUPS ONLY (this is a fundraiser). Reserve a spot for your company or group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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QWTWBFAs (Questions we think will become frequently asked)
How are you planning on creating a snow day? What if there’s no snow?
All snow will be trucked in from the local mountain passes (We promised 100% chance of snow). If it does snow, even better.
What is the price?
The cost is $25/person. Be a kid for a day, help a kid for life… yeah it’s a fundraiser.
What if I want to build a snow fort but don’t have a group or enough money?
You can always try to build a fort during the fight or ask one of the teams during the competition if you can help. Make a significant contribution and you may have just found yourself a job! (Or a hot date).
My cousin is from Delaware, can he come?
Yes. Please. We must unite as a country in order to beat the Koreans. Okay Gangnam, take the record for the most viral video in the world but we’re going to own the world’s largest snowball fight. Tell your cousin to check out Maxwell Hotel. They’re a classy hotel offering rooms to Snow Day participants for only $99/night (more than 25% off regular prices!). www.themaxwellhotel.com – use the promo code “SNOWBALL” and be prepared to show your event ticket at check in.
Am I going to get hurt?
As with any athletic activity, there is always the chance that someone might get hurt. All participants must be above the ages of 18. There is a disclaimer and liability waiver that must be filled out before entering the plaza. Eye protection is required during the snowball fight. Make sure to bring your own ski, snowboard or swimming goggles or you won’t be able to participate.
When and where is this epic snow competition going down?
Saturday January 12th, 2013 at Center Square in Seattle Center 305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109
Where do I park?
There are multiple options. Right in front of Memorial Stadium is a small paid parking lot; there are also multiple parking garages for Seattle Center. For complete list and pricing, click here. Since we are also an eco-friendly centric city we also recommend taking King County Metro, biking, walking…heck run there if you want!
Will there be beverages and food at the event?
Warm beverages like hot chocolate and coffee will be available but if you need something a little stronger we suggest the Center House. They’ve recently been granted a liquor license and will be serving Whiskey Sweaters along with other “warming beverages.” The Center House also has a wide assortment of quick food and dining options. But don’t forget to save room for the Snow Day Pub Crawl.
What if I want to donate more to Boys & Girls Clubs of King County?
Awesome! You can give online, here.
Who currently holds the world record largest snow ball fight?
Great question. According to Guinness World Records, Taebaek City in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) holds the record set on January 22, 2010 with 5,387 participants. The entire town where it took place has only 50,000 residents. Come on Seattle, we got this!
Here is a video of the current world record snowball fight. Come on, we can beat this!