Council Bluffs looks to set world record for largest game of catch

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(Council Bluffs, IA) -- the City of Council Bluffs will attempt to set a world record later this month, by playing the world's largest game of catch.

The City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department and The Play Catch Movement will attempt to break the world record for playing the largest game of catch on Sunday, June 19th at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park.

The Play Catch Event Schedule

  • 3:30 p.m. Games and Activities
  • 6:00 p.m. World Record Attempt
  • 7:00 p.m. IWCC Band Performance
  • Dusk: Screening of "Field of Dreams"

In addition to the world record attempt, The Play Catch Event will have plenty of baseball-themed games and activities including a whiffle ball home run derby, fastest pitch contests, longest throw contests, accuracy throws, dizzy bat races, races around the bases, fly ball catch.

"We couldn't think of a better time to attempt a world record for playing catch than on Father's Day during the College World Series," said Dan Bettmann, City of Council Bluffs Recreation and Events Manager. "We hope to have lots of baseball and softball fans, families, and friends join us at Hanafan Park."

Rhett Grametbauer, Founder of The Play Catch Movement and National Play Catch Week, is facilitating the world record attempt. Registration for the official game of catch will take place on-site. Each pair that registers will receive a free keepsake baseball. “Iowa is synonymous with playing catch thanks to Field of Dreams,” said Grametbauer. “Our goal is to have this become an annual event for the Council Bluffs community and baseball fans alike."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their baseball gloves and wear their team's shirts to the event. The event is free and open to all ages. Food trucks will be on-site, with concessions available for purchase.

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