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Tree huggers seek record hug

— PORTLAND, (AP) — It sounds like a scene from "Portlandia." A Portland arboretum is calling all tree huggers for an organized attempt to set a world record for simultaneous tree hugging in one place at one time.

Since parking space will be limited at the Hoyt Arboretum, participants are urged to bike, carpool or take the bus.

Also, KGW-TV says arboretum spokesman Martin Nicholson reports that participants in the July 20 hug-in will receive "a coupon for a complimentary beverage from one of several participating local breweries."

To comply with strict Guinness World Records rules, Nicholson says organizers hope most participants pre-register. The online Guinness website shows the world record as 702 huggers, set in September 2011 in England. A Minnesota group claims to have gathered more than 900 people in May 2013. Nicholson says Portland organizers are shooting for about 1,200.


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