Some 1,200 of these babies will be airborne at the same time at War Memorial Stadium this Friday at 2 p.m. in Ada, shattering the Guinness Book of World Records record for this. Okay, actually this attempt , that falls under Guinness's "Massive Moment" category, has never even been attempted before! (Image courtesy of Wilson Football)
Some 1,200 of these babies will be airborne at the same time at War Memorial Stadium this Friday at 2 p.m. in Ada, shattering the Guinness Book of World Records record for this. Okay, actually this attempt , that falls under Guinness's "Massive Moment" category, has never even been attempted before! (Image courtesy of Wilson Football)

ADA — At 2 p.m. this Friday, some 1,200 “Made in Ada” Wilson footballs will launch, simultaneously, into the sky at War Memorial Stadium.

Believe it or not!

Okay, actually its not a “Ripley” thing, as much as it is an actual “Guinness Book of World Records” thing. Seriously!

The genesis for the idea?

Ada High School Principal Dan Lee said a small ad hoc group of people were ruminating about how to “create a memory” for the students and “bring the community together.”

Village picnic? No.

Village festival? No.

I mean, those are already being done each year.

Then someone exclaimed: “Hey! Why don’t we get a thousand or more students, and others, together to, at the EXACT same moment, throw a Wilson football! That would have to be, like, a record or something. Right?”

Someone checked and found that not only would it be a world record. It would be a first!

Why no one had thought of this before…

Mr. Lee said that after some calls, and so on, the Ada schools got on board, as did ONU, and Liberty National Bank.

In fact, the bank paid an undisclosed fee (according to my sources, a significant one), and spent a good deal of time to boot filling out paper work, so the Guinness record could be officially established in the books, so to speak. I mean, its not just as easy as going out and, like, just throwing 1,200 footballs.

And they aren’t just ANY footballs. The Wilson Company is customizing these footballs with the date and an inscription of what the event is. What’s more, each Ada student gets to keep his/her football!

These are students who will be bussed to the field that day in increments. The first students will start arriving a bit before 1 p.m. When everyone is assembled, they will be positioned on the line- markers across the whole field.

Then, right at 2 p.m. (give or take a few minutes for all the first graders to get set), the countdown – similar to the Made in Ada Festival “football drop” countdown – will begin.

10, 9, 8, 7… At “1,” the students will cock their arms and throw the balls: five yards to an adult waiting on the next line marker over. Mr. Lee said it will look to the spectators in the stands (“All are welcome, by the way,” he said.) like a “giant wave.” Then he thought better of that, because it would be happening simultaneously, and corrected himself: “Actually, it will look more like a: ‘massive moment,’” he smiled.

Unlike any ‘massive moment’ this village, or any village in the country/world for that matter, has ever seen!

Note: For my regular readers (all five of you), this, indeed, would sound like something that would fall into my occasional “fake news story” genre. But, frankly, not even I could come up with something this outlandish. This, actually, is going to happen this Friday the 25th. Honest.

A “rain date” has been set for the following Friday, Nov. 1.