While I’m sure Mayor Lloyd Winnecke takes his job of running the town of Evansville very seriously, it’s nice to see that he’s not afraid to let loose and have some fun once in a while. time. For example, a recent TikTok video where he and a few of his staff recreate a viral video mimicking “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” using the pool at the Deaconess Aquatic Center.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have some interaction with Mayor Winnecke since he took office years ago and I can tell you he’s very down to earth and easy to talk to him. He has a quick wit and isn’t afraid to embarrass himself a little for a good cause. Like in 2017 when he agreed to sing a live show with our former morning show host, Dave Fields, in exchange for a $100 donation to the Red Cross during a mediathon.
Or, the time he sang a Christmas carol with Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin and Sergeant Pat Phernetton to encourage donations to our annual 911 Gives Hope for the Holidays toy drive.
Thing is, even though he’s the mayor, he’s still a fun-loving human being who apparently doesn’t mind jumping in a pool while wearing a cute suit.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and his staff recreate viral video of ‘Avengers Assemble’ challenge
On Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office posted a video on the City of Evansville’s TikTok page showing the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer and two other staff members giving their own version of the “Avengers Assemble Challenge.” The original (below) featured members of a British diving team emerging from the water and posing in the positions of some of the characters from Avengers: Endgame.
Instead of the ocean and a dock, the mayor’s office used the deaconess aquatic center on the north side of town for their version called “The Town of Swiftsville (Avengers version)” (more on that in a minute).
The video begins with Deputy Mayor Schaefer exiting the pool and landing on the deck where he grabs some pool noodles and a pool weight resembling Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. He is followed by a young woman who lands on the bridge and strikes the pose made famous by Black Widow. The camera then pans to show a young man jumping out of the water and posing as Iron Man before Mayor Winnecke flies out of the water, fully dressed in a suit and tie, and grabs an off-camera paddleboard he uses to impersonate Captain America with his shield.
It’s not a perfect version of the original, but it’s pretty good. Plus, they all jumped into the pool fully clothed, which adds to the humor.
What is Swiftsville?
To understand why Evansville is called “Swiftsville”, you need to go back to the two videos released before the second Avengers Challenge. The first was released on July 25 and shows a few members of the mayor’s staff getting emotional whenever a certain Taylor Swift song pops up.
To date, this video has been viewed nearly 287,000 times, leading to a comment from a viewer suggesting that Evansville be renamed Swiftsville. This comment led to the posting of this video the next day (July 26).
So I guess we live in Swiftsville, Indiana now?
The whole thing appears to be the brainchild of a young woman named Savannah, an intern in the mayor’s office who is mentioned in the bio line on the city’s TikTok account as “the coolest intern in the world” and head of management. Account. I believe she is the young woman in the Avengers video and the one who brings Mayor Winnecke the “top secret document” to sign to officially rename the town.
Whatever the idea, kudos to them for showing that while politics and city management are serious business, they also have a light side.
Check out the City of Evansville’s TikTok channel for more great videos.[Source: City of Evansville on TikTok]