This just in from NBC, which announced that a series of games based on “The Office” will take place in July in the town the show is set in, Scranton, Pa.
An event such as this seems extreme for a sitcom, but “Office” fans have proven themselves die-hards to the bitter end over the past few years. Scranton also played host to an “Office” convention last year that did well, so the series’ viewers have showed that they’ll spend in support of their show.
Mindy Kaling, writer, co-executive producer and the actress known as the chatty Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s “The Office,” will join fans in Scranton, PA, on Saturday, July 19 as Dunder Mifflin’s hometown becomes the first city to offer the new “The Office” DVD Board Game and “The Office” Trivia Game by Pressman Toy and licensed by NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.
Ms. Kaling will officiate “The Office Games” – a full day of Dunder Mifflin style fun – starting with a 2K Fun Run and ending with a Beet Eating Contest that would make Dwight proud. The day’s events will take place in and around The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton.
In addition to marking the official debut of the two games, “The Office” games launch will 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.
“There’s no better place than Scranton to serve as the springboard for our new games based on ‘The Office,'” said Pressman Toy President Jim Pressman. “We’re excited to bring Ms. Kaling and ‘The Office’ games to the home of Dunder Mifflin.”
“Scranton is honored to have been selected as the first city in America whose retailers will stock ‘The Office’ Trivia Game and DVD Board Game,” said Scranton Mayor Christopher Doherty. “We’ll be rolling out the beet red carpet for Ms. Kaling.”
“I have been to Scranton before and am really excited to return for this fun event!” – Mindy
“The Office Games” July 19th line-up includes:
9:00 a.m. – 2K Fun Run
Wear your favorite office attire! Prizes for best dressed, best character look-a-likes and fastest.
10:30 a.m. – “The Office” Trivia Challenge
Are you an “Assistant to the Regional Manager” or the “Regional Manager” when it comes to “The Office” trivia? The Challenge will feature questions from “The Office” Trivia Game.
12:00 p.m. – Beet Eating Contest
Straight from Dwight’s farm…well, after being canned.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Autograph Session
The first 125 customers who purchase “The Office” DVD Board Game or “The Office” Trivia Game at Boscov’s at The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton, PA, on July 19 will be able meet Mindy Kaling and have her autograph their game.
To register for “The Office Games,” please visit: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1603902.