Puzzles of all kinds are supposed to help some people relax or at least keep their minds sharp. Many people do different variety online, but there are others who do them in books, or if you love a jigsaw, do them on a flat surface, like a table. Shawnee Lodge is holding a special event meant for people who like to work these tabletop jigsaw puzzles.
The Lodge is calling the event their, Puzzle-palooza to be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, with 6 p.m. being Registration & Cash Bar Opening, and at 7 p.m. the puzzle competition starts.
The teams for the competition are to consist of 2 people, of any age, who will compete to see who can solve the same 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, which will be included in the registration fee.
They also say that they only have 25 team slots available. The costs is $20 per team. If registered by Jan. 18 and at the door (if there were open spots)$30 per team.
The Shawnee Lodge is also were inviting the contestants to stay Saturday night and enjoy the beauty of the lodge and surrounding areas, with prices listed on their website. www.shawneeparklodge.com
The first team to complete in under two hours WINS! Each team gets to keep the puzzle they work and prizes will be given for first, second & third places along with light snacks that will be provided.
According to Andra Ayers, an employee at Shawnee Lodge, she says that this is the first time that they have done this and that this will be kind of like their trial run. She says with this one, they will see how it goes and hopefully have a bigger one next year.
Ayers, “We have talked about it, me and the other co-workers and a lot of us, work the jigsaw puzzles. They talked about having a competition so they kind of went with it from there. Terry Stevens the front desk manager put it all together. He contacted different companies to see if they would donate the puzzles and a lot of the companies do that and I guess they have a limit and he found the one company and they sent him 25 puzzles.”
Ayers says that she doesn’t think there have been a lot of these competitions in this area. But a lot of places do those. It’s only $20 per team and that includes your registration and your puzzle basically. She says that at the competition, it would have to be quiet for the competitors to work their puzzles.
There is a World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation (worldjigsawpuzzle.org), which is an international organization dedicated to jigsaw puzzles. It follows the Olympic standard and brings together puzzlers from around the world for World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship (WJPC). The World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship (WJPC) is a skill-based competition that recognizes the fastest jigsaw puzzlers in the world. It is celebrated the last weekend of September at the Millennium Dome in Valladolid (Spain).
In case you were wondering what a jigsaw puzzle competition is like, springbok-puzzles.com gives some ideas as to what you might see at one:
A jigsaw puzzle competition typically consists of individuals and teams that compete against one another, putting a puzzle together. Whoever completes their puzzle first wins! Typically, these events include multiple rounds to determine the ultimate winner. Each team receives the same puzzle.
No one gets to see the puzzle until the timer begins – the puzzle boxes are placed face down before the competition starts. Individuals or teams try to put the puzzle together the fastest. There are no devices or outside assistance permitted while working on a puzzle. Individuals and teams are not allowed to distract or approach team tables when the competition is in progress. Remember, all the jigsaw puzzles for each round must be the same for each participant so that it is a fair challenge.
Shawnee Lodge hopes the unusual and different jigsaw puzzle event for people to in the community will draw a crowd, and if successful, will be even bigger and better next year.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740) 353-3101 ext. 1928
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