nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
Archives | Subscribe | Guide to the Daily


Local News arrow Frederick County arrow Winchester

| 0 | 0 Comments

Lip-lockers look to break last year's record

kiss1_02-12-11.jpg
View larger image

Couples gather and kiss at the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall for the Big Kiss event in Winchester last year. Coordinators are expanding the event this year to include blood pressure screening and other health checks. Andrew Thayer/Daily file


By Candace Sipos -- csipos@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- "All you gotta do is carry your lips."

That's the message Ben Weber, coordinator of the city's Big Kiss event, wants to get out.

He came up with the idea to set a Virginia record for the most people to kiss simultaneously last year, and 97 couples came out to the downtown pedestrian mall for the cause the Saturday before Valentine's Day.

"I was just trying to think of what can we do for Valentine's Day," Weber said. "Why not? Listen, things don't have to be complicated in this world. Sometimes the beauty of a simple kiss is the most exciting."

He plans to expand the event every year. For this year's try at breaking last year's record, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Weber has secured blood pressure screening and other health checks. If participants donate to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association, they will receive raffle tickets to win prizes donated by local merchants, he said.

All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

The actual kissing will occur at 2 p.m. in front of the old courthouse.

"This is going to last a long time because we will continue to break the record every year," he said, adding that he expects much more participation this time around.

He has been in contact with representatives from Hershey's and Chapstick about possible sponsorship for future years. While the event doesn't make any money for the city or merchants, it's designed to draw people into downtown.

Weber emphasized that any couple can come out -- whether it's a romantic or family oriented couple. Last year, some parents kissed their children on the cheek or forehead.
Weber arranged for pictures to be taken from a second-story window, and then he blew up the images and counted the number of couples.

"It was the ultimate public display of affection," he said. "Some people just aren't that into that, but in this case, it was like a free pass."






Leave a comment

What do you think?

(You may use HTML tags for style)

Comments

Comments that are posted on nvdaily.com represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com.

Comments that contain Web addresses, e-mail addresses, personal attacks, name-calling or personal information considered by the editor to be inappropriate for posting here will not be posted.

Commenters agree to abide by our COMMENTS POLICY when posting. Questions? E-mail us at info@nvdaily.com.












top-jobs-logo.jpg

Look Who 'Likes' nvdaily!



Daily readers: Click the "LIKE" button above to get Daily news and breaking news alerts on your Facebook page.

Activity & Recommendations

Local News Sections

Agency on Aging Agriculture AP Wire Features Apple Blossom Festival Basye Berryville Bob Wooten Boyce Breaking News Business Charities Charles Pannunzio Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Edward N. Bell Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal Hard Times Health History Homes In The Spotlight Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mt. Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Quicksburg Religion School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery Stephens City Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Warren County Weather Winchester Woodstock Year in Review




News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Homes | Classifieds
Guide to the Daily: Advertise | Circulation | Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

nvdaily.com
Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!


nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com