A Guinness World Record has finally been declared for the 'Largest gathering of people wearing Akubra hats' nearly a year after the attempt.

In November last year, 1912 people with their Akubras were mustered into a cattle pen in Kempsey in northern NSW.

It came after several attempts by the town over previous years to create the record with a minimum of 1,000 people required.

Now the hometown of the national icon has thrown open the challenge for others to attempt to break its new record.

Kempsey Shire Council's Susannah Smith says there are other Australian towns with a great fondness and affinity for the hat.

"There may be people at Tamworth or elsewhere that would like to try and beat the record that Kempsey has created," she said.

"If that does go that way, then by gosh that would be an interesting tussle in terms of which town proves that it is the real town of the Akubra hat.

"And then what a fantastic opportunity it would be for Kempsey to come back and reclaim the title."

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