If you're looking for a way to make your next event more interactive, competition is a great way to invite participation and incentivize residents with prizes. You don't have to be a naturally competitive person to enjoy a friendly rivalry between neighbors. Without further ado, here are our top 10 ideas for competitive events that could work in any community!
1. Chili Cook-off: Encourage residents to sign up ahead of time so you can plan accordingly, and hand-select a panel of resident judges to name a winner.
2. Volleyball Tournament: In the sand or in the pool, it's sure to be a blast. Check out this glow-in-the-dark water volleyball game hosted by coordinators Ryan and Elizabeth at Mueller in Austin, Texas! (pictured left)
3. Karaoke Night: Make your neighbors feel like rockstars and reward the best in a variety of categories (i.e., Best Performance, Crowd Favorite, Best Group Performance, Most Creative Interpretation).
4. Chess Tournament: This ain't just your grandpa's sport – chess is trending among young people! Open the evening with a short chess lesson and multiple boards set out for everyone to get involved, no matter their skill level. Then, invite the seasoned chess players in your community to duke it out in an epic tournament battle.
5. Community Olympics: Do you ever miss elementary school field days? Bring back the fun with community Olympics with your neighbors! Set up a variety of games, challenges, and obstacles, and split off into teams or compete individually. (The Summer Olympics will be July 26-August 11, 2024, if you want to plan your event calendar a full year ahead).
6. Bake-Off: Most of your neighbors probably have signature recipes that they are experts at making. They love baking, and the rest of us love eating, so why not bring the two together with a classic bake-off? Select a few different categories and award the top winner with a fancy dinner out or snazzy new kitchen gadget to enjoy (look for a local business to donate in exchange for promotion).