It's Thanksgiving time again! From impressive bird carving skills to epic-sized pumpkin pies, check out our list of Guinness World Records titles to celebrate Turkey Day.
Largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys
Pictured above, the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys (above) is 661 and was accomplished at the 44th Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot in Dallas, Texas, USA on 24 November 2011.
Fastest time to carve a turkey
The fastest time to carve a turkey is 3 min 19.47 sec and was achieved by Paul Kelly (UK) at Little Claydon Farm, Essex, UK, on 3 June 2009. Paul went head-to-head against local butcher David Harrison at an event to celebrate the 25th birthday of KellyBronze turkeys. This is Paul's second world record along with the...
Fastest time to pluck three turkeys
The fastest time to pluck three turkeys is 11 min 30.16 sec and was achieved by Paul Kelly (United Kingdom) of Kelly Turkey Farms, at Little Claydon Farm, Essex, United Kingdom, on 13 November 2008. This was attempted as part of Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong and Paul went head to head against Gordon Ramsay, who plucked three turkeys in 11 min 31.78 sec.
Largest pumpkin pie
The largest pumpkin pie weighs 1,678 kg (3,699 lb) and was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers (USA) at New Bremen Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, on 25 September 2010. The diameter of the pie was 6 m (20 ft), and the crust was made of 440 sheets of dough. (Other ingredients included canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.)
Largest bottle of wine
The current record for largest bottle of wine was set in October 2014. Standing 13 ft 8.17 in tall, 3 ft 11.63 inches in diameter and filled with 3,094 litres (650.58 UK gal, 817.34 US gal) of wine, the record was achieved by André Vogel (Switzerland) in Lyssach, Switzerland.
One of many options when thinking about Thanksgiving side dishes is squash. At Guinness World Records we located the heaviest squash on October 1, 2011 at the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest in Ontario, Canada. Weighing 674.31 kg (1,486.6 lb), the squash was grown by Joel Jarvis (Canada).
Fastest time to eat 500 g of cranberry sauce
Another popular Thanksgiving side dish, cranberry sauce, is part of our records as well. The fastest time to eat 500 g of cranberry sauce is 1 min 1.46 sec and was achieved by Erkan Mustafa (UK), pictured second right, above) on the set of Soccer AM in London, UK on 11 December 2012.
Largest inflatable parade
One of America’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions, the Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, New York, USA, is the world's largest inflatable parade. The parade features 30 larger-than-life balloon characters and millions of spectators lining the streets and watching on television. The inflatable characters included Big Bird (63ft x28ft x 46ft and 468lbs) and Curious George (46ft x 30.3ft x57ft and 433lb). Once in the sky, balloons can reach up to five stories (60 ft) into the air.
First videogame character in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
As part of the before mentioned Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sonic the Hedgehog became the first videogame character to be featured in the parade in 1993.
The greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09 kg (86 lb) for a stag named Tyson reared by Philip Cook of Leacroft Turkeys Ltd, Peterborough, United Kingdom. It won the last annual `heaviest turkey' competition, held in London on 12 December 1989, and was auctioned for charity for a record £4400 (then $6,692)