Sally-Marsh-HootenannyBy Alicia Dziak

Looking for something memorable to do this weekend? Why not swing down to Allegany State Park and be part of an attempted world record?

The event is a spinoff of Sally Marsh’s hootenanny, a summertime weekly sing-along that’s been held at ASP for over 40 years.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Quaker Amphitheater, Marsh will try to lead a Guinness Book record-breaking sing-along of “Old MacDonald,” a hootenanny staple.

“The idea came from a comment I made. I love singing ‘Old MacDonald’ with the kids, and I let them each be an animal and sing in the microphone,” said Marsh. “I have 50-75 kids sometimes, and I kiddingly said we should try to set the Guinness record. My friend looked it up and there really is one.”

So Marsh began planning and rallying her friends and loyal fans to join the party on Aug. 17. In order to break the current record, more than 332 people are needed to sing at least 10 verses. About 200 people have pre-registered, but more are still needed to make the attempt successful.

“The park is booked full for the weekend, so I’m hoping the rest will register that day,” Marsh said.

Even if you’re not camping for the weekend, you can stop down to join the fun!

Registration the day of the event will be held from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Quaker Amphitheater, located on ASP 3 near the Quaker Museum and Gift Shop. Cost is $5 and includes a T-shirt and popsicle.

The event will start at 3 p.m. sharp at the Quaker Amphitheater.

This one-of-a-kind event in one of Western New York’s most scenic places is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer. Arrive early to enjoy the park and spend the afternoon being a part of history. Your kids will be saying, “remember when…” for years to come, regardless of the end result!

For more information, visit the Hootenanny Facebook page at