KALIDA — Employees of Kalida businesses competed Friday night in Battle of the Businesses competitions to earn bragging rights and to celebrate the opening of the weekend for Pioneer Days in Kalida.
The event, held in front of the Kalida Fire Station and sponsored by Kalida Area Chamber of Commerce, included four rounds of competitions, 18 teams and four to six employees per team.
The Huntington Bank team took first place in the competitions and won a trophy they signed at the bottom. The bank’s team previously won back in 2016. Second place went to Unverferth Manufacturing Team 3, and five teams tied for third place, including Unververth #1, Schimmoeller Construction, Progressive Stamping, Dick’s Steakhouse and Kalida Schools.
Lindsey Miller, a Huntington Bank employee for 12 years, said they were so excited to win.
“We talk about this competition all year and look at it as a team-building activity and are competitive,” Miller said.
Five games were played. One was “Cheese Head,” where team members wore a head covering with shaving cream on its surface. The object of the game was to throw cheese puffs in an attempt to stick on the head. Another game was “Dog Pound Delivery,” where teams carried milk bones from one paper plate bowl to another with hands behind their backs.
The other games were “Half Time Tipsey Waiter,” where participants spun around a baseball bat then attempted to carry a tray with five cups of water to a bucket. The last two competitions were “Who Do They Think Can Pass,” where team members threw nerf footballs through a hoop, and the other competition was “Big Ben Three Rivers Shootout,” where team members held a bucket to catch water and were scored on the amount collected.
Katie Unverferth, chamber director, said the competition brings the businesses together in a friendly competition and has been in existence for more than 20 years.
“The businesses in Kalida support Pioneer Days and come together to support the community. This is a way to build a stronger generation for now and the future,” Unverferth said.
Pioneer Days, sponsored by Kalida Lions Club, is in its 147th year and started out as the Putnam County Pioneer Association, according to Bill Rieman, publicity manager and Kalida Lions Club member.
“At that time the association wanted people to remember history, and there was a small festival that grew,” Rieman said.
Visit pioneerdays.com for a complete listing of the event schedule.
Teammates from PSI and Irwin Real Estate compete in the Battle of the Businesses competition Friday night in Kalida during Pioneer Days.
Members of Tannis School of Dance, Kalida, performed for Pioneer Days attendees Friday night at the fire station.
Pictured are Pioneer Days Battle of the Businesses competition winners from Huntington Bank, including front row, from left, Jay Siefker, Amanda Collins and Lindsey Miller, and back row, from left, Evelyn Burgei, Amber Miller and Sam Wagenhauser.
Michael Riley, an employee of Old Skool Grill, Bellefontaine, cooks butterfly pork chops and peppers and onions during Friday night’s Pioneer Days.
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