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  • Cartons each containing 78 doughnuts, totaling 24,000, are lined up for a record-breaking attempt at the Hamburg Family Fun Fest in Hamburg Township, Mich. on June 15. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)

HAMBURG TOWNSHIP, Mich. » Mmmm, doughnuts.

Volunteers lined up about 24,000 doughnuts — the basic, circular kind — on Friday at a festival in Michigan, hoping to set a Guinness World Record.

Work on the "Hamburg Mile" started in the morning in Hamburg Township, northwest of Detroit.

"The early estimate was 2 miles, 750 feet," Hamburg Enhanced Recreation Organization president Joanna Hardesty told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus. A mile is 5,280 feet.

If verified as accurate, it will eclipse the 1,841 feet and 10 inches set last year in Germany. A surveyor and witnesses were on hand, and their statements will be forwarded to Guinness World Records.

Hardesty said a machine attached to a tractor dropped the days-old doughnuts in winding lines. Volunteers followed, making sure each yeasty treat touched.

"We started at 8:15 and by 10:45 we were done, as far as laying them down," she added. "It was a wonderful community effort. … We didn’t achieve our goal — we went way over the top."

All but 10 of the donated doughnuts were used. After the line, the doughnuts will serve one last purpose: a snack for farm animals.

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