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Did East Aurora set a world record for caroling last year?

Don Vidler thinks the weather will be perfect for the 45th annual Carolcade in front of Vidler's 5 & 10 in East Aurora on Saturday.

He also thinks there will be more people this year than last year, when the Carolcade tried to set a Guinness World Record for the largest caroling event outdoors. The unofficial count from last year, when it was cold and rainy, is 2,300. Was it big enough for the record?

"Believe it or not, it's still pending," Vidler said.

Guinness requires a lot of documentation, he said. He sent photos and an hourlong video along with his request last year. In July, Guinness asked for more, and in September Vidler got word that the event was still being examined.

"My gut feeling is, we won't get it," he said.

He said Guinness wanted the caroling done in a clearly restricted area with a specific gate of entry to the event and bar codes to track the carolers, something that does not occur in East Aurora, where everybody just shows up and sings. But every caroler last year was given a number, and the numbers went up to 2,300.

"It's not official," Vidler said. "I guess the best you can say is it's still pending."

A small group of high school girls, known as the “Pine Tree Singers,” gathers to sing carols in 1976 in front of Vidler's 5 & 10 in East Aurora. (Courtesy of Vidler's)

The caroling tradition in East Aurora started with a small group of Brownies and Girl Scouts singing Christmas carols outside Vidler's 5 & 10.

Singers, young and old, are welcome. The only deterrent in the past has been rain, and that won't be a factor Saturday, Vidler said.

"It will be cold, but cold and flurries, people love," he said.

This year's carolers will start at 7 p.m. in front of Vidler's on Main Street, between Olean and Riley streets.

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