27th Annual Vandalia Corporate Challenge kicks off

Johnson Electric team members listening to instrutions.

Amber Holloway and Darren Davey compete in the Balance Beam competition. The two players start at opposite ends of the balance beam and have to pass each other as they get to the other side.

Parks and Recreation Director Steve Clark waters the sand volleyball courts.

Pictured are Amber Holloway (hitting the ball), Kurt Althouse, Zach Marvin and Kristen Carnes in the volleyball competition.

VANDALIA — The competition is fierce and the events a little odd – but that’s what makes the Vandalia Corporate Challenge a fun and entertaining way to network, unwind, and have fun under the motto, “Work Hard, Play Hard!”

The Challenge, now in its 27th year, pits teams from Vandalia companies in various competitions over a week-long period that began on Saturday, June 6 with bowling and billiard tournaments at Thunderbowl.

Nearly 300 employees of 12 Vandalia companies compete for the glorious title of Corporate Challenge Champion.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses in Vandalia to come together in an atmosphere outside of work to participate in a wide variety of athletic and non-athletic events,” said Jeff Kreill, Vandalia’s Recreation Superintendent.

Other competitions include a punt, pass, and kick football contest, basketball competitions, corn hole, euchre, frisbee relays, sand volleyball, and others. The week winds up witha Trivia contest and cook out at the Vandalia Sports Complex on Friday night.

Each team also competes in a team fight song/cheer for bonus points as well as creates a spirit banner and team t-shirt for bonus points.

Competing in this year’s Corporate Challenge are Coors Tek Medical, Crossroads Rehab and Nursing, Delphi, Ge Aviation, GE Aviation TDI, Inteva Products, Johnson Electric, Kentner Sellers, PSA Airlines, Waibel Energy Systems, the Vandalia-Butler City Schools, and the City of Vandalia.

Complete results will be published in next week’s Vandalia Drummer News.