Blake Grigsby didn’t initially set out to break a world record, he just wanted to take the childhood fun of playing with boxes and maximize it.
“I was walking along my college campus on day and I saw these kids playing with boxes, and they only had like three boxes. So I thought you know, I could do that better,” said Grigsby, local comedian and event organizer.
After searching the internet for ideas on how to build a cardboard box castle, Grigsby came across the Guinness World Record for the largest cardboard sculpture and decided to beat it.
Three months later, after working with an architect, the blueprint turned into action. Friends and family gathered at Neuqua Valley High School and got to work.
“I have an amazing team of volunteers so even if we cut it close we are going to have fun with it and that’s really what matters,” said Grigsby.
High winds forced the project to be moved indoors, but the minor setback didn’t stop the team’s determination to make history.
“We were definitely worried about rain, which thankfully it didn’t. But the winds have kicked up to 20 mph, which you can see by my shirt flapping which is not the best to build a castle made of cardboard,” said Grigsby.
The Chicago Awesome Foundation provided a grant for the project and International Paper donated boxes.
Mayor Pradel came out to perform a ribbon cutting and acted as a judge to see if Blake and his gang beat the world record.
The final structure measured 112 x 130 feet, setting the new world record.
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