Representatives from 12 Sherman industries gathered at Pecan Grove Park Saturday for the Sherman Economic Development Corp.’s Industry Appreciation Picnic.


Employees and their family members enjoyed free treats, games and prizes, with the big attraction being the first Sherman Industry Showdown Competition. Teams from eight local industries took part in a three-part competition that saw the squad from GlobiTech take home the big trophy.


“We’re having a lot of fun,” SEDCO Director of Research & Marketing Ashton Ghaemi said. “SEDCO always has an annual event and this year, we wanted to shake it up a little bit and show appreciation for our industries — thanking the industries and the employees for working in Sherman and choosing Sherman as their home.”


Held near the park’s amphitheater, attendees got to enjoy free ice cream, popcorn and coffee, and children had the chance to play on a pair of bounce houses, get their face painted and other games. Ghaemi estimated the event drew around 800 throughout the afternoon.


The biggest crowds and cheering of the afternoon were centered around the industry showdown events, which started with a five-legged race for the four-person teams from Globitech, Finisar, Eaton, Emerson, Presco, Tyson, Alorica and Douglass Distributing.


“I know all the teams, they had auditions and they practiced,” Ghaemi said. “Just seeing their enthusiasm to come out and do this, it just got me really excited too.”


GlobiTech, Eaton, Presco and Douglass Distributing won their heats in the five-legged race to move on to the limbo contest. That event saw the teams from GlobiTech and Presco go the lowest to advance to the tug-o-war for the championship.


The GlobiTech team said they went into the tug-o-war event confident they were going to win.


“It was fun,” Manufacturing Manager Andy Reeves said of the day’s competition. “It wasn’t real intense until the tug-o-war — that was pretty intense.”


Saturday’s event was the first time SEDCO held an industry appreciation picnic, but Reeves said he’d like to see it become an annual tradition.


“We’ll be back — so we can win again,” he said.