Greg Arrigoni used 1434 Qualtex balloons to build a balloon
arch. The balloons were three feet in diameter. The arch measured 600
feet wide and 340 feet tall. It took 65 tanks of helium to fill the
balloons. The arch was built at the Grand Excursion festival to
commemorate the the 150-year anniversary of the founding of St. Paul,
The record was set in Portland, Oregon on April 1, 2010 at Wieden Kennedy’s 28th annual Founders’ Day party. RecordSetter co-founders Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson were on hand to preside over the event.
Expert marksmanDoug McManaman shot five balloons with a 22-caliber
rifle from a distance of 30 yards away. He performed the feat with his
back facing the balloons, atop a 6’ ladder, using of a mirror for aim.
NOTE: This record is dangerous and should only be attempted by trained