PRESS RELEASE – Buzz is growing about a partnership between the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the Charleston RiverDogs that could see a world record set this month in the Lowcountry.
And you could be part of it.
On August 16, CARTA and the RiverDogs will attempt to break the world record for largest kazoo ensemble, which currently hums in to the tune of 5,190.
During the RiverDogs game with the Rome Braves, attendees will receive an official wristband and USA-made kazoo from Beaufort-based Kazoobie Kazoos. After the final out, a group of mystery conductors will lead the crowd in a kazoo-drenched rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
“We want to do something that is out-of-the-box, that will put Charleston in the spotlight, and is worthy of a RiverDogs promotion,” said CARTA Marketing Director Michelle Emerson. “This kazoo promotion is no live prostate exam, but it will do.”
CARTA and the RiverDogs have partnered on a number of events in recent weeks. Several CARTA buses are sporting team-themed wraps, the authority has been awarding RiverDogs tickets as part of a weekly online trivia contest and CARTA riders may even share a ride with Charlie T. RiverDog in the coming days.
The attempted record setting is part of CARTA night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. CARTA staff, as well as employees from the authority’s fleet-management partner Veolia Transportation, will be featured during the evening. CARTA board chairman Elliott Summey is scheduled to throw out the game’s first pitch.
“CARTA is a great public service that is becoming even more important as the Lowcountry continues to grow,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “They’re a great partner, and we hope that we’ll be able to put Charleston in record books.”
RiverDogs fans and CARTA are encouraged to get involved with the promotion via social media in the coming days using the hashtags #CARTAKazoo and/or #DogsKazoo.
The current kazoo ensemble record was set in 2011 at England’s Royal Albert Hall, a fact not lost on Echols.
“Kazoos are as American as baseball,” Echols said.
The RiverDogs are wrapping up a seven-game road trip today in Rome, GA. The team will be back in action at The Joe on Monday evening to begin the last seven-game homestand of the season. For more information or to order tickets to any RiverDogs game, visit the Riley Park Box Office, call (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or head on-line to www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the park, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.