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YNC Fall Festival: A pie-eating, corn-shelling, turkey-crafting good time

Company vice presidents slammed their faces into whipped-cream-covered pies. Corn kernels flew as reporters and advertising reps went wrist-to-wrist in a cob-shelling relay. And it all happened under the watchful eye of a creepy, construction-paper turkey resembling “Twilight’s” Edward Cullen.

It was hardly business as usual at the York Daily Record and York Newspaper Company on Tuesday as co-workers gathered for a first-of-its-kind celebration.

Fall Festival, which included contests, competitions and some pretty delicious lunch offerings, was hosted by the members of the newly formed Leadership Committee.

Jodi Rentzel, Nachelle Whitmoyer and Patrick Corbin conceived, organized and executed the event, which featured a pie-eating contest, a corn-shelling relay, a turkey-crafting contest and a guessing jar filled with candy corn. Employees were encouraged to bring a dish to share for lunch, or to bring a food item to donate to a local charity.

Check out the photo slideshow above for a glimpse of the fun. (Thanks to multitalented features journalist Ashley May for lending her photography skills).

One highlight of the afternoon — the pie-eating contest — pitted two-person teams representing each department in the building. With a furious rally, the Circulation duo of George Sepic and Brian Laughlin took first place, earning a pizza party for their department. Check out the messy fun in the video below:


Later, teams of five hustled to rip kernels from their cobs in the corn-shelling contest. When the dust settled, the Tele-sales team — called “Team Awesome” — emerged victorious, earning a basket of candy to share. Team members included Eric Reed, Erica Gearhart, Stephanie Benamor, Cheslea Foster-Hilt and
Patrick Corbin.

The runner-up team, representing the Daily Record newsroom, featured Business and Hyperlocal staff members Cathy Hirko, Brittany Wilson, Lauren Boyer, Sean Adkins and Stephanie Reighart. They were known as “The Stalkers.”

See some highlights from the corn-shelling contest in this video:


(Special thanks to visual editor Eileen Joyce for her videography skills).

The competitions were emceed and officiated by publisher Sara Glines, who opened Fall Festival by thanking employees for their many efforts and contributions.

The festival was the first endeavor for members of the Leadership Committee, formed this fall to improve interdepartmental relationships and communication, and to help further the efforts of the company’s Operating Committee.

Other Fall Festival winners included:

— Candy corn jar: Scott Fisher, opinion-page editor, guessed there were 303 candy corns in the sealed jar. There were 308. Close enough. Scott won a candy basket AND the jar of candy corn.

— Scariest turkey: Buffy Andrews, for her “Twilight”-themed paper turkey that had the head of vampire Edward Cullen.

— Funniest turkey: Teresa Cook, whose gobbler was seen browsing a Giant supermarket circular.

— Best in Show turkey: Sam Dellinger. (It pays to be the staff artist.)

Tom Norton picks up a pie’s edge with his teeth during the Pie Eating Contest at the York Daily Record / Sunday New’s Fall Festival. DAILY RECORD / SUNDAY NEWS – ASHLEY MAY