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April 3, 2014

Pulaski County girl shooting for rubber band record

Somerset — Most kids don’t spend their spring break working with springy substances and hoping they don’t break.

But then again, Marissa Maxie isn’t most kids. For her, it’s a snap.

Maxie, age 8, a second-grader at Southern Elementary School, will attempt to get her name in the Guinness Book of World Records by creating the world’s longest rubber band rope.

The project will be done at the Somerset Mall this coming week, April 5 through the 12, which coincides with the local “spring break” period for schools.

“It’s definitely exciting that it’s something she’s dug into,” said her father John Maxie, owner of John’s Automotive Repair in Somerset. “She’s pretty headstrong. She’s got her mind set to do it, so she’ll accomplish it.”

Indeed, Marissa’s will has the strength of a rubber band, which stretches to accommodate shapes and snaps back into place at rest.

A natural creative talent, Marissa also likes to draw, she said. She’s been working on the rubber band creations for about three months.

“My sister (Chelsey) taught me; she started doing it and it got me doing it,” said Marissa.

John said that Marissa would hang out at his car repair shop and make necklaces out of rubber bands. It took her only about 15 minutes to braid together the rubber bands into a contiguous form about 40 feet long.

“She asked about the world’s longest necklace,” he said. “All (the Guinness World Records) had was the world’s longest rope, but as fast as it took her to make (the necklace), we thought she could do it.”

The current record is a rubber band rope that’s 1.32 miles long. Marissa is aiming to make one two miles long.

As such, the Maxies have purchased 193,000 rubber bands, which should be enough to accomplish the task.

Even though Marissa is keeping things even-keeled — when asked if she was excited about all the attention for her project, she replied, “A little” — everyone else around her believes that her rubber band dream isn’t such a stretch.

“Everybody’s excited for her,” said John. “She comes here (to the shop) after school and sits with customers. We’ve got a big poster on one wall about it. She’s constantly talking to customers about it and showing them the rope she’s already made. There’s going to be a pretty good turnout watching her do it.”


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