10-foot crayon could break Guinness record

Chase Carey is only 10, but he's already working on setting a Guinness World Record.

He's hoping the community will join his effort to make the world's largest homemade crayon.

The fifth-grader at Odell Elementary School in Concord took on the task as part of a community service project for his school's program for gifted students.

Chase also will use the world record attempt to raise awareness for his mother's nonprofit, Petey's Promise. The pet food bank offers assistance to struggling pet owners throughout Cabarrus County and the Charlotte area. It has helped feed more than 3,000 animals since it was formed in 2008.

The crayon will be unveiled during a fundraiser "Coloring for Critters" 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Village Church, 9280 Davidson Highway (N.C. 73), Concord. All proceeds will benefit Petey's Promise and the Academically and Intellectually Gifted program at Odell Elementary.

There will be food, crafts, pet booths and a silent auction. People also will be able to sign the wrapper of the crayon, possibly becoming a part of Guinness Book history.

Chase came up with the idea after he read about students in Georgia whose crayon set the world record at 9 feet 8 inches, he said. Now he's collecting crayons in any condition to make a 10-foot crayon.

Chase estimates it takes about 110 crayons to make one pound of crayons, and he will we need about 800 pounds (or 88,000 crayons) to break the record.

Chase's mother, Liz Mellott, said they have received thousands of crayons from across the nation but have only about three-quarters of the crayons they need. Roush-Yates Engines, Race City Steel and BoHoss Engineering helped make the mold for the crayon.

"We already have the mold mostly built, and we have thousands and thousands of crayons sorted into buckets," said Mellott. "I am so proud of Chase and his dedication to Petey's Promise and the Coloring for Critters event. Now we just need to break that crayon record."

Chase said getting Petey's Promise involved was a no-brainer. The organization is named after his family's rescued spaniel-lab mix.

"We almost had to give up Petey when I was little, and it was really scary for my mom and I," he said. "I always want to help Mom feed more pets, but I am really excited about the chance to break the Guinness World Record."

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