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Posted on: June 1, 2022

The Play Catch Event (A world record attempt!)

Play Catch Event

The City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department and The Play Catch Movement invite locals to Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park for a baseball-themed event with an attempt to break the world record for playing the largest game of catch! 

The Play Catch Event is scheduled for Sunday, June 19, from 3:30 p.m. – to 11 p.m. at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, with the world record attempt at 6 p.m. 

The Play Catch Event Schedule

  • 3:30 p.m. Games and Activities
  • 6:00 p.m. World Record Attempt
  • 7:00 p.m. IWCC Band Performance
  • Dusk: Screening of "Field of Dreams"

In addition to the world record attempt, The Play Catch Event will have plenty of baseball-themed games and activities that will be fun for all ages. Activities include a whiffle ball home run derby, fastest pitch contests, longest throw contests, accuracy throws, dizzy bat races, races around the bases, fly ball catch, glitter tattoos, prizes, and more! 

"We couldn't think of a better time to attempt a world record for playing catch than on Father's Day during the College World Series," said Dan Bettmann, City of Council Bluffs Recreation and Events Manager. "We hope to have lots of baseball and softball fans, families, and friends join us at Hanafan Park." 

Rhett Grametbauer, Founder of The Play Catch Movement and National Play Catch Week, is facilitating the world record attempt. Registration for the official game of catch will take place on-site. Each pair that registers will receive a free keepsake baseball.

 “Iowa is synonymous with playing catch thanks to Field of Dreams,” said Grametbauer. “Our goal is to have this become an annual event for the Council Bluffs community and baseball fans alike." 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their baseball gloves and wear their team's shirts to the event. The event is free and open to all ages. Food trucks will be on-site, with concessions available for purchase. 

Come down and enjoy Father's Day at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park and be part of The Play Catch Movement!

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