GENOA – Covered from head to toe with pudding, whipped cream and graham cracker crust, Robby McCarthy looked up at his father and asked where he could hose off.
"Chocolate, vanilla, some whipped cream. He looks like a pie," Ed McCarthy, of Sycamore, replied as his 8-year-old son continued his search for water.
The McCarthys were among the hundreds of people who attended a pie fight Saturday afternoon in Genoa. Organizer Molly Holbrook opened her farm to the public Saturday in hopes of setting a record for the world's largest pie fight.
"I saw a pie fight on TV," she said when asked why she held the event. "Everybody was having so much fun. I thought I would have to do this."
And with more than 200 people registered as participants in the pie fight when it started shortly before 2 p.m., she believes she adhered to the specific guidelines and has the documentation needed to qualify for the world record.
Participants included toddlers, teenagers and adults, who wandered around a taped-off section of Holbrook's farm on Derby Line Road on Saturday shortly before the fight started. Various attires included a girl in a raincoat and galoshes, a young woman in shorts, T-shirt and sleeveless shirt and a man in a gorilla suit.
Moments before the fight started, all pies were placed on the ground and participants raised their hands in the air before an air pistol signaled they were allowed to let loose. A minute later, pies were still being thrown and people – most of whom were laughing hysterically – were covered with what used to be chocolate, pumpkin, meringue and custard pies.
"That was awesome!" 10-year-old Colin Rothecker, who attended the fight with his brother, two cousins and aunts and uncles, said after it was done.
The only standing pie fight that holds a world record was in 2008 and included 120 people and was credited to the band, Weezer, Jamie Panas, spokeswoman and public relations assistant for Guinness World Records, told the Daily Chronicle last week. And that event was specific to custard pies.
Rules for surpassing the standing statistic include ensuring the pie fight lasts at least one minute, that all custard-filled pies are at least 6.5 inches in diameter and have a pastry or sponge crust. If a hopeful record-breaker wants to create a new category, she must apply for it and it’s subject to approval, Panas said.
Holbrook said after the pie fight that she believes she met the requirements for setting the record, but would have to wait four to six weeks for confirmation from Guinness. She said she was thrilled with the turnout and that everyone had such a good time.
Attendees had different reasons for being there, but many said taking part in a world record attempt was a draw.
"Being in the Guinness Book of World Records is good enough for me," 22-year-old Wesley Richardi of Burlington said when asked why he came. "That and throwing pies. I'm always a fan of that."
Richardi and three of his friends used a case of whipped cream to fill 24 pie crusts, adding chocolate pudding to some of the pies.
"I've always wanted to nail her with a pie," 48-year-old John Timmerman of Kingston joked, motioning to his friend, Jennifer McDonald of DeKalb.
"I hope there's a lot of people here and we have a good time," he added as he balanced a chocolate fudge pudding pie in one hand and a pistachio pie in the other. "And if there is a chance to break the world record, that's great too."
Holbrook said she's already planning for next year's fight – she plans to beat this year's record.