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The Office games coming to Scranton

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 1st 2008 11:39AM
Mindy KalingTo some, the only games that matter this summer will be the Olympics in Beijing. To others, Scranton, Pennsylvania will be the place to be for the real games.

On Saturday, July 19, The Office's number one on-screen enthusiast, spunky Kelly Kapoor -- played by actress/writer/co-executive producer Mindy Kaling -- will host a series of games to promote the release of two new The Office products. NBC and Pressman Toy have created The Office DVD Board Game and The Office Trivia Game.

In true The Office spirit, the Scranton games are likely going to be more interesting than the products. Remember when Jim and Pam organized a mini-Dunder Mifflin Olympics in the office, with yogurt cup lids for medals and origami doves for the presentation?

Anyway, I'm thinking that if Mindy Kaling is schlepping to The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton -- site of the July 19 event -- it's going to be a hoot. She's hilarious.

By the way, is that the mall where Michael and Pam and the ladies went shopping at Victoria's Secret? They should tell us things like that! I never knew that Scranton had a Steamtown section.

Back to the games, there'll be traditional contests like a 2K Fun Run (when is running fun?), an official The Office Trivia Challenge, and -- my favorite -- a Beet Eating Contest. That's B-E-E-T, as in the red vegetable found on broscht.

On first reading, I thought it was beef and figured they'd been grilling steaks and hamburgers. No, it's beets, like the kind Dwight Schrute grows on his family farm. He brought a lovely beet salad to Michael and Jan's one night for a dinner party as I recall.

So Mindy K. will officiate The Office Games and in addition to promoting those new products, they're going to raise funds for United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), a Scranton-based charity that provides services and creates opportunities which empower individuals and builds strong interdependent communities throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

If you live in Scranton, or love The Office enough to go to Scranton for the day, you can register to take part in the games, and, who knows, you might win a prize. It won't be a Dundie, but it'll be something you can point to with pride nonetheless. To register click here.

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I go to Scranton all the time. But I hate The Office so no I won't go.

July 02 2008 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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