News from the Tennessee Valley Diversions
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2005

Think you can blow the biggest bubble? Here’s your chance

By Jenny Thompson
DAILY Intern · 340-2447

The competition could get sticky when the bubbles burst.

Wal-Marts across the country invite children aged 12 and younger to blow the biggest bubble gum bubble they can.

In Decatur, children can participate in the Dubble Bubble National Contest at Wal-Mart on Spring Avenue Southwest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Charlie Richards, Decatur Wal-Mart food co-manager, said the contest will take place in the aisle that goes around the store on the food side between the produce and the checkout lanes. A couple of years ago when Richard's daughter was 12, she placed third for the store, blowing a bubble 12 inches around.

Bubble diameter determines five nationwide finalists from the preliminary national contest.

A grand prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a donation in the winner's honor to Children's Miracle Network will be awarded to the finalist who blows the biggest bubble at the national finals in August.

Four runners-up will receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a $1,000 donation in their honor to Children's Miracle Network.

Judges measure with an Official Dubble Bubble Meter, a flexible piece of cardboard that measures the bubble in inches.

Richards said contestants can try more than once to blow the biggest bubble.

Staci Dolgin-Rubinstein of Salmon Borre Group Communications said more than one million children participated in the 2004 contest.

Kelsey Lea, 12, of Conway, Ark., won the 2004 contest by blowing a bubble 18 inches in diameter.

Dolgin-Rubinstein said Wal-Mart will provide gum to any child 12 and under until the allotted supply runs out.

She also said children may chew up to three pieces of gum at one time.

Richards suggests that children avoid wearing nice clothes and advises those with long hair to pull it back.

"I know some of these kids blow some serious bubbles," Richards said, "as big or bigger than their heads."

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