SSEMC gives back to the community through Commissary Sweep

Event participants hold a piece paper with a price on it during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The event allowed the contestants to shop for groceries, solve riddles and have fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Event participants hold a piece paper with a price on it during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The event allowed the contestants to shop for groceries, solve riddles and have fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Contestants get ready to start shopping during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The participants were chosen during the deployed family member Thanksgiving dinner from five different categories which are unaccompanied Airman, accompanied Airman, accompanied Airman with one-two kids, accompanied Airman with three or more and Spangdahlem Spouses Enlisted Members Club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Contestants get ready to start shopping during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The participants were chosen during the deployed family member Thanksgiving dinner from five different categories which are unaccompanied Airman, accompanied Airman, accompanied Airman with one-two kids, accompanied Airman with three or more and Spangdahlem Spouses Enlisted Members Club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew O'Connor, 52nd Medical Group Spangdahlem NCO in charge of the Veterinary Clinic treatment facility, and his wife shop during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The contestants received 25 minutes to shop for groceries while also solving riddles during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew O'Connor, 52nd Medical Group Spangdahlem NCO in charge of the Veterinary Clinic treatment facility, and his wife shop during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The contestants received 25 minutes to shop for groceries while also solving riddles during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Horton, 52nd Fighter Wing vice commander, and his wife watch the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany Nov. 23, 2015. The Spangdahlem Spouses and Enlisted Members Club hosted the event as a way to give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Horton, 52nd Fighter Wing vice commander, and his wife watch the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany Nov. 23, 2015. The Spangdahlem Spouses and Enlisted Members Club hosted the event as a way to give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

The price of groceries for U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew O'Connor, 52nd Medical Group NCO in charge of the Veterinary Clinic treatment facility, and his wife is displayed on a screen during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The O'Connor's were one out of five families participating in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

The price of groceries for U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew O'Connor, 52nd Medical Group NCO in charge of the Veterinary Clinic treatment facility, and his wife is displayed on a screen during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The O'Connor's were one out of five families participating in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew O'Connor, 52nd Medical Group NCO in charge of the Veterinary Clinic treatment facility, watches as groceries are scanned during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The Contestants tried to stay as close to the budgeted money to win first place for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew O'Connor, 52nd Medical Group NCO in charge of the Veterinary Clinic treatment facility, watches as groceries are scanned during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. The Contestants tried to stay as close to the budgeted money to win first place for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Commissary Sweep bucks lie on a table during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. Contestants of the competition used the money to pay for groceries during the third round of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Commissary Sweep bucks lie on a table during the 2015 Commissary Sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. Contestants of the competition used the money to pay for groceries during the third round of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - -- Under the glaring hot fluorescent lights, a competitive spirit could be felt throughout the playing field. This became the atmosphere of the 2015 Commissary Sweep.

"The commissary sweep is kind of like a game show that we host," said Chanda Haney, Spangdahlem Spouse Enlisted Members Club president. "It's sort of like another game show called super market sweep."

Chosen randomly from a hat during the deployed family member Thanksgiving dinner, the participants were picked from five different categories. Haney said the categories were unaccompanied single Airman, accompanied Airman, accompanied Airman with one-two kids, unaccompanied Airman with three or more, and SSEMC members.

Like most game shows, the commissary sweep consisted of the contestants participating in different rounds.  In the first round they guessed the prices of different groceries inside various themed baskets.  In the second round they solved a riddle and in the third and final round things got interesting. During the third round, the participants were given 25 minutes to shop for groceries using the allotted money they earned from the previous rounds, while also solving different riddles. Finally, the winner was decided by how close they came to their budgeted money. Though there was only one overall winner, every participant got to Keeps their groceries and prizes.

Haney said this competition provided a win not only for the lucky contestant, but also the community through the funds earned from the Spring Bazaar.

"The commissary sweep is a great way to give back to our community while having fun," said Haney. "It brings everybody together from the local community to SSEMC members." 

For more photos of the event check out our Flickr page here.