Iowa Man Goes for World Record for Most Pencils Collected

A central Iowa man hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest pencil collection tomorrow (Saturday). Aaron Bartholmey, of Colfax estimates he has about 70,000 pencils in his collection, which he’s been growing for 30 years. The current record sits at just over 24,000. He says he mostly collects wooden advertising pencils.

He says he started collecting pencils when he went to flea markets with his grandfather about 30 years ago.

Bartholmey will be holding a public counting for his pencil collection at the Colfax Historical Society beginning at 8 am Saturday for his attempt to break the world record. He says fellow members of the American Pencil Collectors Society will be there to help.