“Last year’s event was our first event, and it was more successful than we could have ever hoped. People had a blast,” said Write On, Door County’s Executive Director, Jerod Santek. “The hunt covered northern Door County last year and some teams ran from place to place while others wandered slowly along and spent a lot of time laughing. We already know that both types of teams are planning to participate again this year.”
Treasure Hunt registration is still open for the event at doorcountytreasurehunt.com. Teams can consist of 2-6 people, all traveling in one car and all ages are welcome. Additional information is available at the site.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m on September 29 at the Door County Fairgrounds in Sturgeon Bay. Team members will receive their clue booklets at 10 a.m. and can begin strategizing their routes and heading out to find clue answers.
Teams will spend the day working through the clues that will take them to various places across the middle section of the county, from the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal to a line just north of Carlsville to Jacksonport. Teams can work at their own pace as they explore locations related to history, nature, food, art and culture. Each team needs a smartphone for research and to send in their answers via a Treasure Hunt app. The instructions will be given at check-in.
The clues will be kept secret until starting time on the morning of the 29th. 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, and the research can be done on Google. Some clues involve word puzzles or “I Spy”-type searches. Each clue is assigned points based on difficulty and teams can pick and choose what clues they wish to follow.
The Treasure Hunt is presented by Write On, Door County to raise funds for the nonprofit organization’s programs, which are aimed at inspiring and enhancing writing and reading for all ages and bringing people together through stories. “Everyone has a story to tell.”
Write On, Door County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering writing workshops, author visits, memoir sessions, book clubs, conferences and classes throughout Door County. The group also supports a writers-in-residence program at their 39-acre site in Juddville just east of Hwy. 42 between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek.
From Write On, Door County, 4177 Juddville Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212; 920.868.1457; www.writeondoorcounty.org.