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Employee Appreciation Day Participation 2024

Monterey County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, June 26th

Join in on the fun! We encourage all MCHA members to participate and enter in their appropriate category.

All sign-up sheets MUST be submitted by Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 5:00PM. 

Competition Schedule of Events:             

8:00AM (TBD)Soccer - Start time may vary based on number of teams
3:00PMBell Staff Team
3:40PMTallest Tower
4:00PMBartending: Martini
4:00PMChili Cook Off
4:15PMFood & Beverage
4:45PMBartending: Spirit-Free Specialty Drink
5:15PMBed Making
5:45PMGeneral Manager’s competition – Food & Beverage (not judged as part of overall competition)

All events will begin on time.  Absolutely no new teams will be allowed to sign up at the door; name changes however, will be allowed.  On the day, please plan to arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to the time your competition begins.

All participants and competitors MUST check in at the "Competition Check-In" area at the Fairgrounds.

Only one team per company is allowed per contest. Each member organization may have one recognized coach for the events. 

Individual Awards: Individual trophies are presented for the first-place winners in each category.

Team Awards: Team awards are presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall.  

Overall Competition Award: In order for a MCHA member business to win the overall trophy, they must have competed in five contests, out of the seven.   (Note:  The General Manager competition does NOT count towards overall trophy.) There will be points for each place in a competition.  Ties will share the points for the two positions that they take.  Each event shall be equally weighed.   A team’s top five scores will be used to determine the overall winner.  In the case of a tie, the team with the highest place in the next event they participated in will be the winner.  The trophy will be awarded to the team with the most points, and held for display at the winning business location until the following annual event.

Team Spirit Award: This annual trophy “The Gloria” will be awarded to the team who, in keeping with the tradition of competition and sportsmanship, exhibit the true qualities of the camaraderie of the entire hospitality industry. This trophy is returned to the event for the annual recipient, awarded by Gloria McPherson. The team recipient will be judged based on:

  • Team Cohesiveness: Demonstrated by some uniform identification or look (t-shirts, caps, color theme, etc.)
  • Team Spirit: As evident by supporting teams and cheering for competitors (team support and unified encouragement).
  • Team Presence: The perceived presence as related to the size of property or staff.

2024 Employee Appreciation Day Contest Official Rules, click here to download PDF

Judges: All judges received the rules in advance.  No judge will be affiliated with teams participating in the competition

Pop up tents: If you plan to bring a 10x10 pop up tent, please indicate on the competition sign up below. No tents can be set up prior to 10am. Only one space/tent per property. Set up location must be pre-approved by MCHA or the event co-chair Paula Calvetti (morning of the event, at the fairgrounds). Space is limited - Any tent larger than 10x10 will result in disqualification in competition awards.


IMPORTANT NOTE! The primary purpose of this form is to collect names of contest participants so that we have the information we need for awards and participation. Please have the names of all contest participants ready before starting the form. Since there is no way to edit the entries at a later date, you will have to submit a new form with any updates.


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