Bay State residents have become accustomed to hosting various sports championship events in recent years including the World Series and the Stanley Cup Finals.


On Saturday Massachusetts will add another contest to that list -- one that is more often played by kindergarteners.


The Musical Chairs World Championship takes place in Amesbury and is expected to draw thousands of competitors seeking to claim the title of world musical chair champion and a $10,000 prize.


Organizers are also hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of musical chairs set by a group of more than 8,000 in Singapore more than 20 years ago.


Fred Smith, who owns the offbeat event managing company SmithFest Events, came up with the idea while trying to think of a fund-raiser. He then worked with his team to develop the concept and trade-marked the event. He even created the World Musical Chairs Federation, the "international governing body for all major musical chairs competitions."

"The response has been amazing," said Smith by phone as he helped to load up about a thousand chairs for the event. "But one of the things we're lacking is history and actual footage to show people, but we're not doing bad."

Despite that, Smith said he hopes to make the event an annual occurrence. He said he's already received calls from organizations in Michigan, San Francisco and Ireland that hope to sanction musical chair competitions.

Spectators must pay an admission fee. Other activities taking place include a paintball range, bands and stunt bags.

How to play

The rules, according to the World Musical Chairs Federation:

Competitors must pay a $35 entry fee.

Competitors must be 18 years old or older.

There shall be no use of hands, arms or shoulders.

Over-aggression will not be tolerated and will result in an ejection.

You must keep pace with the person in front of you.