Readers with the name Kyle: what were you up to last weekend?
If the answer is anything other than ‘travelling to the Texas city of Kyle for the Kyle Fair, where I punched drywall and mixed margaritas’, then I’m afraid you might have let your fellow Kyles down.
Kyle (the place) was relying on thousands of people called Kyle to turn up to their spring celebration of the name Kyle, with a target of breaking the world record for the largest single-name gathering.
And plenty did come along: nearly 1,500 Kyles descended on Kyle for the three-day festival, with many of them wearing distinctive white T-shirts proudly bearing the name Kyle.
However, the dizzying number of men and women named Kyle in attendance was, tragically, no match for the 2,325 Ivans who gathered in the town of Kupres in Bosnia and Herzegovina six years ago.
No matter – the Kyles who did make the effort appeared to have a fun time.
Crowds of Kyles could be seen wearing backwards baseball caps and sunglasses, lining up to pay $20 for the joy of punching through four panels of drywall before celebrating with a firm high-five.
There were margarita-making competitions, there were rib competitions, there were fireworks… but everything was building up to the Gathering of the Kyles at 4pm on Sunday.
Hey, I think I can see my friend Kyle down there (Picture: City of Kyle/SWNS)
The Kyles enjoyed music from people named Braxton, Jon, Rick, Monica and George over the weekend (Picture: City of Kyle/SWNS)
Verification was strict: proof of ID and address was required, and no variations (Kyler, Kiel, Kylie, Kylee etc) were allowed.
Middle names and surnames were not accepted either, so sorry Jeremy – you’d be turned away at the door.
Playing the gaggle of Kyles into the arena where they were to be counted was country singer Kyle Daniel, the only Kyle to appear on the stage at the Kyle Fair that weekend.
Ultimately, organisers accepted their record-breaking attempt had fallen short.
From left to right: Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle and Kyle (Picture: City of Kyle/SWNS)
A spokesperson for the city of Kyle, whose name was not supplied, said: ‘Kyles from all over the country answered the call, with Kyles from 49 of the 50 states – including Hawaii and Alaska – attending.
‘We also had global representation with attendees from Ontario, Calgary, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, Canada.
‘We thank the many Kyles that turned out for this event and were blown away by their enthusiasm and camaraderie in the City of Kyle’s fourth and most successful attempt at this record.’
But there is still hope for Kyles.
Another attempt at the record will be attempted …read more