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Calling all Kyles! Over 2,300 Kyles needed in Kyle, Texas, to break Guinness World Record

Marley Malenfant
Austin American-Statesman

What happens when a bunch of Kyles come to ’s 貹ٲ?

You make history. 

At least, that’s the goal this Saturday. 

At 1 p.m. May 18, the in an attempt to break the mark set by Guinness World Records for the largest same-name gathering.

The city of Kyle is trying to round up at least 2,326 namesakes on Saturday to set a world's record at its annual “Gathering of the Kyles.”

What is the 'Gathering of the Kyles'?  

It started as a joke, but this is no laughing matter. In the city’s fifth year trying to break the world's record for the largest same-name gathering, Kyle is hoping for 2,326 Kyles to show up. Last year, the city fell short by 836 Kyles, totaling 1,490. 

The festival is held at Lake Kyle Park. 

According to , the current title belongs to Kupres, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where 2,325 people named Ivan gathered on July 30, 2017.

What are the rules for participating in the Gathering of the Kyles? 

To qualify to be a part of the Guinness World Records attempt, all participants must have the name ‘Kyle’ — spelled that way. Iterations of ‘Kyle,’ such as Kyler, Kiel, or Kylee, are not accepted. Middle and last names will not be accepted. 

The event is free. You don’t have to be named Kyle to show up unless you’re trying to help break the Guinness World Record. All Kyles must check in and register by 12:30 p.m. to be included in the official count.

When is the Kyle Fair A Tex-Travaganza and Gathering of the Kyles?

The official Kyle Fair A Tex-Travaganza is Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Preregistration check-in and on-site registration is available 4-8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The attempt to break the Guinness World Record is 1 p.m. Saturday.

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