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Love Door County? Check. Want to learn fun facts about the county? Check. Interested in a fun weekend in Door County? Check. Door County visitors and residents can accomplish all these goals by participating in the first annual Door County Treasure Hunt on Saturday, September 30.
Treasure Hunt registration is currently open for an event that will send out teams throughout the Peninsula, looking for clues and accumulating points for prizes. The Treasure Hunt is presented by Write On to raise funds for our programs aimed at inspiring and enhancing writing and reading and bringing people together through stories.
“This is the beginning of a tradition,” says Write On Executive Director Jerod Santek. “A lot of effort has gone into planning interactive and fun challenges. We believe people will come back year after year to compete in what will become a favorite Door County event.”
Teams will spend the day working through a booklet of clues that will take them to various places across the northern section of the county. (Next year’s Hunt will focus on the county’s southern half.) The event is not timed and teams can work at their own pace as they explore locations related to history, nature, food, art, and other treasures of the county.
A light supper and music at Sawyer Farms in Egg Harbor will finish off the event as teams gather for the final tallying of points. High scorers will will win cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.
Registration for the event is open at www.doorcountytreasurehunt.com, where additional event information is available. Families, co-workers, and friends are encouraged to participate. A team can be made up of two to five people, all traveling in one car with one clue booklet. All ages are welcome.
The clues will be kept secret until starting time on the morning of the 30th. Some clues allow flexibility, such as Take a photo of a favorite place to watch the sun set. Other clues involve team challenges: Build a sandcastle that incorporates your team’s name. Other clues require specific answers about nature or history or local landmarks. Some clues involve word puzzles or “I Spy” type searches. Each clue is assigned points based on difficulty. Teams can pick and choose which clues they wish to follow.
“We want this to be fun and as challenging as participants want to make it,” said Anne Emerson, a founding board member of Write On. “This is a chance to spend a day with friends on an adventure. Explore, problem solve, meander your way to interesting spots throughout the county. Learn something new, pause to take in the county’s beauty, eat a little, laugh a lot, then finish the day at a party in a beautiful bard with food and music and prizes. What better way to spend a September day in Door County?”