GRAFTON—Grab your kids and get ready to have fun while expanding your minds, as participants of the Taylor County Partners in Prevention Team’s first-ever Taylor County History Hunt.
To help families shake off their COVID-19 fatigue and winter blues, Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) teamed up with their Partners in Prevention to bring this one-of-a-kind and exciting event to Taylor County.
“We also wanted to celebrate Black History Month and Presidents Day in a unique way, while allowing participants to learn all about Taylor County History,” shared TCFR Executive Director Cathy Coontz. “The History Hunt will do just that!”
The hunt, a community-wide scavenger hunt, will have youths in grades first through twelfth traveling throughout the community to find 15 hidden historical figures.
“Those who find the most hidden figures will be entered to win some great prizes,” Coontz revealed. “To help sweeten the deal, the first 50 youths to register for the Taylor County History Hunt will receive a participation packet full of cool items.”
The participants who solve the clues and track down the most items will be rewarded for their incredible problem-solving skills, earning a digital tablet, a bicycle or a drone, according to organizers.
Participation in the event is simple and can be done in one of two ways.
Those wishing to take part in the hunt can register by logging on to tcfamilyresources.org/historyhunt. There they will need to provide the name of an adult, their address, phone number and an email address, along with the youth participant’s name, their grade level in school and what school they attend or if they are home schooled.
On the site, they will also find the rules of the game, as well as a photo release.
“Be sure to read all of the rules before registering for the event,” Coontz urged.
Once registered, participants can whip out their smartphone to solve the riddles and track down the figures, through clues that will be released on the site at noon on February 16. The clues will also be presented in the Mountain Statesman newspaper.
Once the hidden figure is found, smartphone users will be able to scan a QR code or navigate to the URL posted to answer questions about the historical figure. Participants will then need to snap a selfie with the figure and then submit their responses.
For those who would rather not use a smartphone, registration can be done in person at the TCFR Office, located at 105 Beech Street, Grafton, between the WIC and Salvation Army offices.
On the big day, a paper packet with the clues and questions related to each historical figure will be available for pickup at the office.
“Take this packet around town with you and jot down your answers,” said Coontz. “Be sure to take a selfie with each historical figure and print it out to be turned in with your packet!”
Packets, complete with as many answers as possible, and smart phone entries will need to be turned in before 4:00 p.m., on March 1 to be entered for a chance at the prizes.
“This event is open to any child who would like to take part, as long as they have a trusted adult who will participate with them. All participants will need to be pre-registered before the event,” Coontz explained. “We hope that you will join us for the first-ever Taylor County History Hunt. It’s sure to be a lot of fun!”