Hundreds to attempt world record for largest group dressed as produce in ‘Huntington Peach’

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They will need 889 to break the Guiness World Record for “largest group of people dressed as fruits/vegetables.”

So expect to see hundreds of people bopping around in banana and carrot costumes at the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday, June 9.

The wacky event will benefit a good cause – Miracles for Kids, based in Tustin. The nonprofit provides financial and emotional support to low-income families with critically ill children.

Friends Danny Hadas and Andrea Ramirez, who both work in marketing, came up with the idea to help nonprofits by staging over-the-top spectacles. They already have in mind other world records for future antics.

Hadas owns a Huntington Beach consulting business, Emovation Project, and Ramirez started Newport Beach-based The Next Fun Thing earlier this year to create audacious fundraisers.

“We approached Miracles for Kids in February and at first they were, like, ‘What’s the catch?’” Hadas said. “We assured them there is no catch – we just want to make a difference.”

The organization is all in. About 60 children with illnesses and their families will be among the participants.

“This is such a fantastic way to bring attention to our organization, and it will be an awesome day for the kids,” said Lauren Armona, development coordinator for Miracles for Kids. “This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this.”

The last World Record for “people dressed as fruits/vegetables” was set two years ago in Japan.

Participants must adhere to rigorous Guinness World Record rules to be counted, Hadas said. In other words, you can’t just show up in a pineapple Aloha shirt and contribute to the cause.

“The costume must cover the body from neck to below the waist,” Hadas said. “It must be cut in the shape of a fruit or vegetable, and must be recognizable from front and back.”

Costumes will be available at the event for last-minute sign-ups, he said: “We suggest a $20 donation, but we will not turn anyone away.”

Activities begin at 11 a.m. with food trucks, inflatables, face painting, an apple pie eating contest, beach workouts and dancing.

Two-legged produce of all varieties will congregate at 12:30 for the official count and group photo.

Tickets are $10 for if you bring your own costume, or $28 with costume included.

For more information, go to huntingtonpeach.org.

“Whether or not we break the world record,” Hadas said, “it will be obnoxiously fun and raise money for an incredible organization.”