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More cowbell! Detroit suburb seeks to set ear-ringing record

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) – The call has gone out for “more cowbell” in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

The line from a 2000 “Saturday Night Live” TV sketch is part of the inspiration for an effort to break the Guinness World Records mark for the most people to ring a cowbell at once. The attempt is Saturday during the Cowbell Classic 10K and 5K run.

Participants will clang cowbells to the song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” a 1970s hit by Blue Oyster Cult that was featured in the Saturday Night Live sketch. Guinness says the current cowbell ensemble mark is 640 participants from a 2009 event in Switzerland.

Saturday’s event benefits the Royal Oak Historical Society. That’s appropriate, since the area was home to a 19th century cowbell-making business.