'Great Minnesota Nerf Battle' hopes to set world record in Blaine this weekend

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A Nerf battle in Arlington, Texas, 2016.

A Nerf battle in Arlington, Texas, 2016.

The National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, describes itself as "the world's largest amateur sports facility," but this weekend, it'll be the site of a great war.

A Nerf gun war, that is. 

A local non-profit group is organizing what it calls the "Great Minnesota Nerf Battle" – an attempt to break the record for world's largest Nerf gun war

They're hoping to get more than 2,200 people to participate in the event, which is happening at the National Sports Center on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.

Though a good time is certainly in store for whoever shows up, it's not all fun and games; the battle is actually for a good cause.

Organized by Project My Neighborhood, the event is aimed at raising awareness of bullying, since October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

The group will also be raising money on behalf of PACER, an organization that advocates for children with disabilities. Joining the battle is free, but organizers are asking for voluntary donations of $10 per person. 

Though it'll be the first annual Great Minnesota Nerf Battle (with more such battles planned in the future), Project My Neighborhood has held events like this before – most notably at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis:

And in case you're wondering, yes, adults are welcome to play. 

In the past, the games have been organized by age group into separate "battlefields," so expect a similar setup at this week's games if you go.

And participants are, of course, encouraged to bring their own Nerf guns, but if they show up empty-handed, organizers will have some extra ones ready.

You can register right here.

The current world record

If the Blaine battle hopes to shatter the current Guinness world record, it'll have to exceed 2,289 participants. 

That's how many combatants showed up at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in March 2016, setting the the record for "world's largest toy pistol fight."

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