Costumes, Chili, Kickball, and Haunted Trail
If it’s Halloween time, it’s another day of activities at Creek Run for team bonding, charitable activities, and all around good fun. The Third Annual Creek Run Costume Contest, Chili Cook-Off, Kickball Tournament, and First Annual Haunted Trail (yes, it was a long day) took place Friday October 27, 2017. What started as a fairly normal staff meeting, ended with the judging of the costumes? We had Rick and Morty, Marty McFly and Doc Brown, zombies, lumberjacks, dentists, and a plethora of others. The T-Rex and “Mitch” (Roy Munson’s brother) were the finalists, with Mitch taking the coveted bag of candy home.
After the captains picked teams for the kickball tournament, our “honorable” judges were sequestered for the tasting of the chili contest entries.
We had 15 entries this year, with Kendra Reininga’s Meat Lover’s Chili taking the new Directors’ Cut prize. The spiciest was Mike Zimmerman’s Hunka Hunka Burning Love, Dennis Livingston’s G Washington Wishbone’s Wild West Chili took the Most Original trophy for the second year in a row, while Chelsea Smith’s Creamy Dreamy Chicken Chili grabbed the Best Overall and for the second year in a row, the People’s Choice Award.
After lunch, the six teams played in a single elimination kickball tournament. On the same day the Astros took a 2-1 lead in the World Series, the team of Adam Lenz, Abby Michael, Nellie Peffley, Matt Shrack, Ryan Peterson, Ross Yeater, and Jodi Beck took first place in the kickball tournament. As part of these festivities, Creek Run staff collected numerous food, paper, sanitary items, and cash to be donated to the local food pantry. With all of the fun, Creek Run was able to collect 257 items and $175 for the Montpelier branch of Community and Family Services.
Creek Run also recently started a scholarship fund. The fund is intended to provide a little financial assistance to dependents of Creek Run employees attending college. The first deposit into the fund came from a rummage sale at the end of August/beginning of September organized by the CHMM group at Creek Run. The Geology group at Creek Run put together a haunted trail to help add to the fund.
Setup for the trail started right after the kickball tournament. The weather wasn’t ideal, as it was cold and rained all afternoon and into the night. But the Creek Run zombies stayed out there anyway, and we somehow got and kept the campfire going the full time.