Costumes, Chili, and Kickball
The 2nd Annual Creek Run Fall Food Drive, Costume Contest, Chili Cook-Off, and Kickball Tournament took place October 28th; Creek Run’s autumn event to relax and get refreshed because winter is coming! Jason Lenz took the last part of the monthly staff meeting to lead the judging of the Halloween costumes worn by the staff. Minnie Pearl (Amy Armstrong) and Mary Pippins (Mary Hile)took the top honors, followed closely by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Chris Parks) and Dr. Nefario (Dennis Livingston).
The chili cook-off this year had 11 entries, with some returning contestants as well as a few newcomers. Our panel of five judges determined the winners of the Spiciest, Most Original, and Best Overall categories. This year also included a People’s Choice Award, voted on by all in attendance. Winners for the 2nd Annual Creek Run Chili Cook-Off were (from left to right):
Best Overall- Nellie Peffley’s The Great Bam-Beano; Most Original – Dennis Livingston’s G. Washington Wishbone’s Wild West Chili; Spiciest (second consecutive year) – Jeremiah Catron’s The Ghost of Yesteryear; and People’s Choice – Chelsea Smith’s Chicken Chili con Queso Quesadilla
Once judging was complete, staff, family members, and guests relaxed with a pitch-in lunch (with all the chili, of course) while mentally preparing for the final contest of the day, the Kick Ball Tournament. Being the last player picked in 2016, Cole Lenz was honored with being the captain with the first pick in this year’s draft. Other than the wind blowing in from left field, the weather was perfect for Kick Ball. This year’s tournament was double elimination, with games of 3 innings for each round. Going undefeated through the tournament, the group captained by Ryan Peterson is the 2016 Creek Run Kick Ball championship team.
Creek Run is always looking for ways to contribute to the community and other charities. One small way is for the staff to donate food items or cash during events like this and the Annual Creek Run Dodgeball Tournament that takes place in February. Creek Run staff gathered together over $100 worth of food items and cash during the Kick Ball Tournament, which was donated to the Community and Family Services Montpelier Pantry.