KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 15, 8:30 a.m. – In a spin on the popular game played by millions, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Progress Energy will host one of the world’s largest human checkers tournaments in downtown Kissimmee tonight, beginning at 5:30 pm.
Using the intersection of Pleasant Street and Darlington Avenue at Toho Square, the game will feature local dignitaries and business owners who will serve as human checker pieces. A representative from each of the respective cities will call their moves from utility bucket trucks positioned 30 feet above a giant checkerboard painted on a downtown street.
The tournament will feature games between Kissimmee vs. St. Cloud and Celebration vs. Poinciana.
The tradition of human checkers began 79 years ago in Osceola County. On a Saturday afternoon in 1927, crowds began to gather around a checkerboard at Broadway and Darlington Avenue. Community pride was at stake, and Kissimmee and St. Cloud residents were there to rally support for their towns and to prove their checkerboard champs were up to the challenge.
The annual human checkers event was revived in 2001 by the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce as part of an effort to revitalize Kissimmee’s downtown business district.
The event is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116