Danny Gokey will help Gildan Activewear break the Guinness World Record for Largest T-Shirt on Saturday, June 11 during CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The t-shirt, nearly the size of a football field, is 170 feet wide and 262 feet long, weighs nearly three tons, and took six weeks to make. It will be used to create 12,000 shirts, which Gildan will donate to Keep the Music Playing, an organization that supports music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
“We’re excited to not only break the Guinness World Record but also, more importantly, to align with Keep the Music Playing through our donation,” said Randy Brown, vice president retail sales for Gildan. “Music education is so important to today’s youth and we’re thrilled to support the cause.”
The fabric for the t-shirt was produced at Gildan’s textile facility with yarn from spinning plants in North Carolina. Final construction of the t-shirt took place in Utah over more than four weeks and used sewing machines on a large track that sewed the rolls of fabric into larger panels for assembly. A flatbed trailer was used to bring the t-shirt 1,700 miles to Nashville. It will be unveiled at Centennial Park at 11:30 AM with help from more than 100 volunteers. A Guinness representative will be on hand to confirm the record has been broken.
“Gildan will be attempting to break the World’s Largest T-Shirt record, which has been set and broken five times since the first attempt in 1991, Guinness surveyor Morgan Wilber said. “The T-shirt will be measured from shoulder to hem vertically and armpit to armpit horizontally.”
The unveiling of the t-shirt will be a kick-off to Musician’s Corner, a weekly outdoor concert series that will feature performances by Love & Theft and James Otto beginning at 3:00 PM. Gildan will be presented with the Guinness World Record certificate at the LP Field stage later that evening during the CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concert at LP Field.