The centuries-old Christian tale of a newborn in a manger is essentially an intimate story about every human family — mother, father, baby. It tells of a child, at once humble and heroic, about the immense power of possibility, the subtle strength of a god in embryo and the awe of onlookers.

But some Utah County folks are going for a bigger version — indeed, the biggest nativity tableau they can create.

They enlisted more than 1,000 volunteers and musicians, including singers David Archuleta, Alex Boye and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a news release states, to help break the Guinness World Record for Largest Live Nativity Scene.

The Daily Herald of Provo reported ( ) that a Guinness World Record judge determined there were 1,039 participants in the production that also included a camel, donkey and sheep.

That tops the record of 898 people at a nativity scene last year in the United Kingdom.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.