Pedestrians strolling down Calgary’s famous Stephen Avenue were treated to a historic moment, as renowned fruit sculptor Shawn Feeney helped Orange Julius set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for largest fruit sculpture. The 10-foot-tall fruit tree (officially measured at 3.06 m), consisted of 1,200 pieces of pineapple, orange, strawberry, peach and mango, was certified onsite by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Michael Empric.
The achievement celebrates the launch of Orange Julius at all Dairy Queen Canada locations and was topped off by with 4,000 free Orange Julius Strawberry Premium Fruit Smoothies for the public. This all was done in exchange for donations to Children’s Miracle Network and its local partner, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Canadian Red Cross in support of Alberta flood relief.
“To set the world record for largest fruit sculpture in Calgary makes the event even more special,” said Denise Hutton, Vice President, Marketing Dairy Queen Canada. “Orange Julius enjoys a loyal fan base here, which we wanted to recognize with this achievement while helping to support those affected by the flooding, and to let Albertans know that Orange Julius can now be enjoyed outside of malls at any DQ Canada location.”
The sculpture marks the second time DQ Canada has successfully broken a record. In 2011, it created the largest ice cream cake at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square, which weighed 10.13 tonnes (22,333.6 lb). "We started this whole process almost a year ago," Hutton continued. "We thought, 'How can we do this with a bang?' ...There were some very tense moments, but the team really buckled down and we got her done."