Taylor County History Hunt deemed smashing success


GRAFTON—The Taylor County History Hunt received rave reviews from participants and community members, helping to expand the minds of the area’s youth while offering incentives for the top performers.

To help families shake off their COVID-19 fatigue and winter blues, while celebrating both Presidents Day and Black History Month, Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) teamed up with their Partners in Prevention to bring a one-of-a-kind and exciting event to Taylor County, the first-ever Taylor County History Hunt.

The event, a community-wide scavenger hunt, saw youths in grades first through twelfth traveling throughout the community to find 15 hidden historical figures from February 16 until March 1.

The participants who solved the clues and tracked down the most figures were rewarded for their incredible problem-solving skills, earning either a digital tablet, a bicycle or a drone.

According to Executive Director for TCFR Cathy Coontz-Griffith, the Taylor County Partners in Prevention Team worked very hard to bring the Taylor County History Hunt to the citizens of Taylor County.

“We had a very successful event,” said Coontz-Griffith. “We had over 40 participants and lots of them stated they had a lot of fun engaging in the event.”

After a successful event, many hunters expressed that they not only enjoyed learning about the historical figures and a bit of Taylor County history, but that they learned many new facts they never knew, and they hoped for additional hunts in the near future.

After everything was tallied up, the prizes for the winners of the Taylor County History Hunt were awarded.

This year’s Grand Prize Winner was Reagan Summers, followed by Wyatt Biddle and Cody Biddle in first place. Audra Murray snagged a second-place finish, while Katherine Holley finished out in third place.

“We asked the kids which prize they would like for their hard work and critical thinking, and most opted for a drone,” Coontz-Griffith reported. “We just want to thank everyone that took part in locating our presidents and historical figures. We would also like to give a special thank you to the businesses who participated by hanging a poster in their establishments to promote the event!”

During the hunt, the young sleuths were asked questions about specific figures, which provided clues to who figure may be.

Some of the clues included: “I was taught growing up to not challenge Jim Crow Laws of the South. Back in the day, you might have found me conducting a “sit-in” at the counter of a former hot dog place on the outskirts of Taylor County. Now, local children sit around these tables learning while their parents work.”

The answers provided information about the figure, as well as the location that the clue was found in, such as: “Answer: I’m US Congressman John Lewis and I was located at the former home of T&L Hotdogs, this location is now the site of Little Feet After School Care located on the 250/50 spilt part of the Taylor County. This location was selected because “T&L Hot Dogs” once had a lunch counter. During the Civil Rights Movement of 1960’s, John Lewis helped organize sit-ins at lunch counters across southern US, where African Americans were not allowed to sit and be served a meal. Seats in restaurants were reserved for white people only.  Sit-ins were considered a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats and refuse to move. John Lewis became well known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement.”

The young gumshoes were also provided with links to learn additional information about the hidden figures.

“The hunt was a lot of work, but thanks to the dedication of Joe Solberg and Lisa Wotring for working so hard on the clues and information on the figures chosen, it was a huge success,” voiced Coontz-Griffith. “Thank you again to everyone who helped make this a successful, educational and fun event. We were so happy with the turnout for this event and are looking forward to our next hunt!”

For a complete list of the clues and their answers, be sure to check out the Taylor County Family Resources Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tccfrn.

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