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World's largest Christmas stocking unveiled Saturday in Fayetteville

Posted December 12, 2015

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— The world's largest Christmas stocking – a 1,600-pound, 7,700-square-foot behemoth that took more than a year to create – was unveiled Saturday evening at Fayetteville's Arnette Park.

The stocking, which is 139 feet tall and 74 feet wide, was created over the last 13 months with yarn from Caron United, a Washington, N.C.-based company.

Knitters from all 50 states, four Canadian provinces and Ireland helped create the record-setting stocking by donating 3-foot- by 3-foot swatches of knitted yard, and Caron donated part of the proceeds from yarn sales to provide more than $100,000 for scholarships for children of fallen U.S. troops.

Saturday evening's festivities in Fayetteville will include a light show, marshmallow roast, train rides and a visit from Santa, who will likely need a few more reindeer to carry the giant stocking.

The stocking was verified as the world's biggest this week by the Guinness Book of World Records. A surveying crew measured the stocking.

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