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Volunteers and visitors craft 1,064 origami turtles during the 2019 Gresham Arts Fest

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The world record attempt was inspired by the western painted turtles, which live in Gresham. Gresham claimed another Guinness World Record after the community came together to craft the largest display of origami turtles — in honor of an animal that calls the city home.

Volunteers of all ages stopped by the origami tent as they enjoyed the Gresham Arts Festival Saturday, July 20, which sprawled throughout downtown.

Following a set of instructions, and using brightly colored origami paper, they made 1,064 turtles, which left volunteer Guy Edwards, with Brainjar Media, breathless by the time he was done counting and documenting the effort.

"I don't have to do any sit-ups now, it was such a workout," Edwards joked. "I'm going to have a six-pack after all these turtles."

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Volunteers made a total of 1,064 origami turtles to claim the record. As with the other world record efforts, the fifth attempt was enthusiastically embraced by community members and visitors to the Gresham Arts Festival. Many families swung by to fold several turtles, and it was a big hit with kids. One young visitor from Vancouver, B.C., was specifically excited for the festival because of his love of origami. He spent several hours at the tent, folding 40 turtles.

"Lots of people are excited to help in any way they can," said Elizabeth Coffey, spokesperson for the city.

The attempt was inspired by the western painted turtles — many of which live in Gresham. Painted turtles are the most widespread species of native turtle in North America, and love the slow-moving fresh waters from southern Canada to northern Mexico. Painted turtles have red, orange or yellow stripes on their extremities.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Many families volunteered to help Gresham achieve the world record for most origami turtles. The western painted turtle, which can be found in Gresham living within Johnson Creek, is further unique in that it has a red pattern across the bottom of its shell.


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