SIKESTON -- After a one-year hiatus, the Sikeston Corporate Games are back.
"It used to be held every year," said Jiggs Moore, supervisor of the city's parks division. "Now we're on an every-other-year schedule,"
Moore explained the change was made to build excitement.
"We had done it 10 years in a row," he said. "We thought the every-other-year format might boost interest and anticipation for the event."
The 11th Sikeston Corporate Games begin this week.
"We're having our kick-off event Thursday night with the lip-sync contest," Moore said. "It's kind of a fun thing. All the teams that participate get five points regardless of how they do."
The lip-sync contest is judged by the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to bragging rights, lip-sync contest winners are presented with a plaque to commemorate their victory.
"The other events start on Sunday. The football challenge, which is 'punt, pass and kick,' is a co-ed event," Moore said. "The basketball also starts on Sunday."
Also during the first week there will be co-ed eight-ball and co-ed volleyball.
The second week of the games will feature co-ed tennis and co-ed softball. Then the final week, there is golf and the co-ed aqualympics.
Moore described the aqualympics another a fun event. "There's four events all together in that, " he said. "You don't have to be a hard-core swimmer to participate."
Organizers decided on the aqualympics after trying traditional swimming events for the first few Corporate Games.
"Most of the people weren't in shape for that kind of thing," Moore recalled.
The aqualympics, on the other hand, are as fun to watch as they are to participate in.
For example, the races use leisure rafts that are designed for lounging for one event and inner tubes for another.
Also during the final week, the co-ed bowling and horseshoes will take place.
"And that gets us down to Super Saturday, which is the last day," Moore said.
On Super Saturday, teams will compete in a fishing tournament, canoe races, the finals for the horseshoe tournament, a co-ed team triathalon, pyramid relay races and the co-ed tug of war.
Like the aqualympics, the co-ed triathalon is more about fun than athletic ability. It consists of a sack race, a three-legged race, and a balloon toss -- "fun things just about anybody can do," Moore said.
Trophies and medals are awarded for each event.
"The individuals get the medals and the company gets the trophies," Moore said. "The teams earn points for the top six places in each event and then at the end we add up all the team points that have been earned and the team with the most points is declared the winner. The top three teams get a plaque."
For those considering participating in the 12th Corporate Games, they are open to "any area employer that would like to participate," Moore said. "They just have to be large enough that they'll have enough people."
Participating businesses do not have to field representatives in every event. "They can pick and choose," Moore said.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is the current reigning champion having won the 10th Corporate Games.
"Winning is nice, but it's more about these companies getting out and having a good time, meeting people from the other companies," Moore said.
"This is a pretty big undertaking and we have a lot of volunteers helping -- we couldn't make it happen without them," he added. "There's a number of individuals and organizations such as the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, the Sikeston Sharks Swim Team, the Elks, the Lions and the Sikeston Park Board that really make it happen for us with their help."