Teams are gearing up for the first annual Door County Treasure Hunt to be held on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Registration is open for the event that will send teams around beautiful Door County to find clues and accumulate points for prizes. The Treasure Hunt is presented by Write On, Door County to raise funds for the organization’s programs that inspire writing and reading and bring people together through stories.
“This is the beginning of a tradition,” says Write On, Door County 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 which 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 win cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.
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. Others involve team challenges: Build a sandcastle that incorporates your team’s name. Other clues require specific answers about Door County nature or history or a favorite landmark. Some clues involve word puzzles or “I Spy” searches. Each clue is assigned points based on difficulty. Teams can pick and choose what clues they wish to follow.
“We want this to be fun and as challenging as participants want to make it,” says Anne Emerson, a founding board member of Write On, Door County. “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 barn with food and music and prizes. What better way to spend a September day in Door County?”