A messy pie eating contest and a dunk tank, where employees could try to dunk their supervisors, were some of the new activities available at this year's Organization Day, June 14.
A variety of free activities for adults and kids, included a pickle and pie eating contests, tug-of-war, a softball tournament, a dunk tank and water slides, to name a few. A community picnic also took place where people barbequed and street tacos were available for purchase.
Lisa Frankson, the WSMR special events coordinator for the Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation Office, coordinated the event.
"It was all part of planning a whole long week worth of fun for WSMR. So we have to coordinate the day and we have to coordinate the DJ. I had to hire the inflatables, we had to get the food, we do a layout of where people can be and where our activities are. So it is just a lot of stuff to do," she said.
In the end, all the work paid off for Frankson, as those who attended seemed to enjoy all the activities and events.
Lathan Newkirk, an Army Substance Abuse Program specialist, said he has attended the event for years and always enjoys it.
"I love coming out to Org Day," he said. "I've been doing it for 24 years you know. Twenty-two years in the military and two years here at White Sands, so I love doing it."
Many attended so their children could participate in the fun activities. There was a Kids Zone with inflatable water slides, games and crafts. A Slip 'N Slide set up by the WSMR Fire Department was a popular activity for the kids.
A variety of competitions were available throughout the day for eventgoers that included a one-pitch softball tournament that was held at the youth softball field. The single elimination tournament had five teams enter and the winner was given a name plaque that would be on display at Bell Gym.
The Diamondbacks took first place in the tournament, which was no surprise for teammate Austin Adams, who believed they had the best team there. The majority of the team members are a part of the 3rd Battalion and 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Air and Missile Defense Test Detachment at WSMR and have played together prior to the tournament.
Later in the day a "no hands" chocolate cream pie eating contest drew a big crowd and over 20 participants of all ages. Mason McCray, the winner of the contest, received a $25 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse. He said he had never participated in an eating competition before, but that lunch and dinner were pretty much an eating contest for him anyway. McCray, said he entered the competition not to win, but for the pie.
"I wasn't really all about winning. I just wanted the pie, so that was a win right there for me," McCray said.
Free swimming and bowling were also offered during the day that provided indoor fun away from the heat. The Org Day event was made possible by the revenue collected from past FMWR activities.