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Wow – more Slovak records set this summer

Turzovka, a town in northern Slovakia, has now received its 10th certificate for setting a Slovak record – this time for completing on August 15 a huge puzzle taking up 40 square metres and containing 2,010 pieces. It took almost 2,000 people and 12 hours and 56 minutes to assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a contest initiated by Mayor Milan Rejda. Participants at the event did not include only local residents, as visitors such as Kawala Margaret Akinyi from Kenya and a couple from Netherlands, Ineke and Paul Bilts, participated as well. The Mrchane ensemble from Bánov, the Funny Fellows band and the JAGO historical fencing group were also on hand at the event. After receiving this recognition from the Book of Slovak Records, Turzovka has now become the capital of Slovak records. Igor Svítok from the www.slovenskerekordy.sk web portal, which decides on Slovak records, also told the SITA newswire that for the sixth year, Jozef Reichl has again been awarded the title of Personal Record-Holder for 2010.

Turzovka, a town in northern Slovakia, has now received its 10th certificate for setting a Slovak record – this time for completing on August 15 a huge puzzle taking up 40 square metres and containing 2,010 pieces. It took almost 2,000 people and 12 hours and 56 minutes to assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a contest initiated by Mayor Milan Rejda. Participants at the event did not include only local residents, as visitors such as Kawala Margaret Akinyi from Kenya and a couple from Netherlands, Ineke and Paul Bilts, participated as well. The Mrchane ensemble from Bánov, the Funny Fellows band and the JAGO historical fencing group were also on hand at the event. After receiving this recognition from the Book of Slovak Records, Turzovka has now become the capital of Slovak records. Igor Svítok from the www.slovenskerekordy.sk web portal, which decides on Slovak records, also told the SITA newswire that for the sixth year, Jozef Reichl has again been awarded the title of Personal Record-Holder for 2010.

A completely different kind of record was achieved in the town of Madunice near Piešťany in western Slovakia when the town unveiled almost twenty artistic works depicting animals – but made of onions – on its football pitch on August 21, the TASR newswire wrote. The municipality, famous for its good quality onions, also made it into the Book of Slovak Records. “It is already its fifth Slovak record and with this latest one, Madunice will try to even make it into the Guinness Book of Records,” Svítok told TASR.

“The event took place within the Onion Feast and was a way of saying thanks for a good onion harvest,” said Alena Jelušová, the mayor of Madunice. To build the eighteen animal figures, the artists used 11,000 bulbs of white, yellow and red onions. One of the animals on display, an elephant, was three dimensional and stood 2.3 metres. The longest decoration was of a crocodile and reached 4.1 metres. It took 32 people almost five hours to construct all the animals. There were no reports on how long it took the participants to wash their hands after their award-winning efforts.

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