From the Largest Pumpkin Pie to the Heaviest Turkey, Here are Thanksgiving's Top Records

Do you think you can break any of these records?

If you're used to a big Thanksgiving celebration, you haven't seen anything yet. 

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With the help of the Guinness Book of World Records, has compiled the most notable Thanksgiving-themed records that will certainly impress your relatives around the table this year.


In November 2011, the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys congregated in Dallas, Texas, at the 44th Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. The final count of people clucking around was 661.

The trot consists of a certified 5K run as well as an eight mile race. In order to qualify, “the costume had to include a turkey beak, a turkey colored bodysuit with plumes on the back, and webbed turkey feet,” according to Guinness’ website. 


The largest pumpkin pie weighed in at 3,699 pounds and was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers at New Bremen Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio, in September 2010, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The pie measured 20 feet in diameter and the crust was made from 440 sheets of dough. It also contained canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.


On Thanksgiving, when someone from the family takes the knife to carve the bird, tell them about Paul Kelly.

Kelly, of Great Britain, man holds the record for fastest time to carve a turkey at 3 minutes, 19.47 seconds. Kelly won the title in 2009 at Little Claydon Farm, in Essex, England. Kelly went head-to-head against local butcher David Harrison at an event to celebrate the 25th birthday of KellyBronze turkeys.

Kelly also holds another Guinness World Record with a Thanksgiving theme.

He is the fastest person in the world to pluck three turkeys. He clocked in at 11 minutes and 30.16 seconds, also at Little Claydon Farm in Essex in 2008. It was attempted as part of Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong and Paul went head to head against the foul-mouthed Hell's Kitchen chef himself, who plucked three turkeys in 11 minutes 31.78 seconds.

The largest bottle of wine still stands proud at 13 feet 8.17 inches tall and 3 feet 11.63 inches in diameter and is filled with 817.34 gallons of vino. The bottle was achieved by André Vogel of Switzerland as it was measured in Lyssach, Switzerland, in October 2014.

And who needs a bottle opener when you have Alain Dorotte. According to Guinness, the Frenchman opened 13 bottles of wine in 73 seconds to capture a world record in April 2001, and he still holds it today.


If someone wants the heaviest squash for Thanksgiving, they need only look to the north.

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The heaviest squash weighed 1,486.6 pounds and was grown by Joel Jarvis of Canada and weighed at the 2011 Port Elgin Pumpkinfest in Ontario, Canada.

One of the most famous holiday events in the country is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The American institution, which takes place each year in New York City, is the world's largest inflatable parade. This year, the parade celebrates its 90th year and includes the inflatable characters Big Bird, Curious George, Spider-Man and Snoopy. Once in the sky, balloons can reach up to five stories about 60 feet into the air.

In 1993, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade heralded a watershed moment when Sonic the Hedgehog became the first videogame character to appear in the parade. But the debut did not go well, as strong winds blew the giant balloon into a lamppost and punctured it. However, he has been back every year since.

The heaviest turkey ever recorded was living large at 86 pounds for a stag named Tyson. The giant gobbler was reared by Philip Cook of Leacroft Turkeys Ltd, in Peterborough, United Kingdom, and won the “Heaviest Turkey” competition in London in 1989. It has held the record ever since.

According to Guinness, the large bird was auctioned for charity for a record £4,400, or $6,692.

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