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Morning Sun
  • Pitsco hosts Spring Fling games

  • Competitors in Pitsco’s inaugural hot dog eating contest were not given much time — only three minutes. But in that time, Scott Dalton downed eight hot dogs. He was determined, and the result was a dominating victory over the other competitors.

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  • Competitors in Pitsco’s inaugural hot dog eating contest were not given much time — only three minutes. But in that time, Scott Dalton downed eight hot dogs. He was determined, and the result was a dominating victory over the other competitors.
    “I watched a guy on YouTube known as Furious Pete. He’d dunk it in water or drink water to get it down easier. Water was key,” Dalton said. “I’m proud and somewhat ashamed at the same time.”
    The hot dog competition was just one way the Pitsco crowd, roughly 200 strong across the city, gathered together on Thursday for a day of fun. The Spring Fling, as organizers call it, has been taking place for close to 10 years.
    “Pitsco is all about family. A couple of times a year, we bring together both campuses, which don’t often get a chance to see everybody as much as we’d like. We try to bring them together a couple of times a year,” said Eric Simmons, member of the LEGO Education sales management team.
    Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate as well as Pitsco had hoped, and some events, like the home run derby, were not only moved inside, but moved to a Wii competition.
    Other events, like bocce, became a game handled with even more finesse on the smooth surfaced carpet. Each employee had to pay for tickets to participate in the various events, from bingo to bag-o.
    All the proceeds from the Spring Fling are going to the Relay for Life, which is set to take place later tonight.
    Pitsco President Lisa Paterni said the Spring Fling is a natural progression of the company’s efforts
    “We set internal and external cultural goals. We want to provide a good corporate culture,” she said. “An internal goal is something that only reaches us. The Spring Fling is half about getting together and playing games. The external is the good that we do in the community, and that’s Relay for Life.”
    Colleagues and co-workers competed in ladder golf, Wii activities and more Thursday, with folks from across the company’s campuses working together in ways they may not usually. And that’s just the sort of thing Paterni was hoping to see.
    “I love seeing everybody together. I love seeing where there can be employees that might not be interacting on a weekly or monthly basis, and it’s interesting to see them on the same team,” Paterni said.
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