At this point, the count is still unofficial but organizer Tara Linhardt tells us that they handily beat the existing record of 414 mandolinists. When she returns from Galax, she’ll get all the videos, photos, and witness forms together and off to the Guinness folks for certification and approval.
Tara said that a total of 493 players registered, but that crowd monitors noticed two people that stopped playing at one point, so they can’t be counted.
Hopefully, beating the previous number by this large a margin will keep the record here in the US for a good while.
Congratulations to Tara, all the other folks who helped organize and execute the attempt, and all 493 mandolinists who showed up to take part!