Spring Grove is the host of the high school drama club’s first Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 3.
In past years, the drama club hosted the Halls of Horror, the club’s largest fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, the popular event is not happening this year. Instead, the club is organizing Spring Grove’s first outdoor scavenger hunt. Participants will explore the town’s attractions and businesses in a race to be the first team to solve all the clues.
The students, with the guidance from their drama and theater teacher, Megan Miller, have designed a fun family event suitable for all ages and ensures that everyone is safe. Team members are required to wear a mask when they go into businesses and to social distance.
The Spring Grove race is modeled after a similar event in Portland, Oreg. Miller, formally a resident of Portland, explains that “Portland’s scavenger hunt was held all over Portland.”
Now is the time to start putting your team together. There is a maximum of five members per team, with exceptions made for groups with small children. Registration is $10 per person. Teams can register online at forms.gle/xTsVUKiVjbUE2qht7 or take a picture of the QR code on the event’s poster, which will open the online registration form. In-person registration starts at 11 a.m. at Red’s IGA.
There are three categories – walk, bike, and golf carts/ATV. Winners in each category will receive a prize basket filled with gifts from area businesses.
“Thanks to the following businesses who are donating to the prize baskets: Wennes Communications, Spring Grove Insurance, Spring Grove Communications, Merchants Bank, Ye Olde Opera House, Shooting Star Native Seeds, and more!”
Teams can accumulate points by creating a theme for their team, solving clues, and taking selfies with smartphones. Make sure to interact with the living statues for points. Clues will be emailed to participants at noon.
If you are not familiar with Spring Grove, that is okay, because after the race is over, you will be. Racers are allowed to use the internet and are permitted to ask for help.
The race begins and ends at Red’s IGA on the east end of town. The race officially starts at noon, and teams must be back to Red’s by 3 p.m. Plan to stay for the music fest and tasty pork burgers sponsored by Red’s — Your Hometown Market.
Club members are actively involved in planning the scavenger hunt, plus they will be playing the role of living statues. The students are also responsible for contacting businesses for donations, placing clues throughout the community, and judging.
Funds raised will help finance the club’s visit to New York City. Every three years, the drama club embarks on a six-day trip to the most-visited city in the world. Students will visit Radio City Music Hall, tour NBC Studios, take a walking tour of Broadway Theatre District, take in Broadway plays, and see other popular attractions.
The Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt is guaranteed to be fun. It is also an opportunity to support Spring Grove’s outstanding youth and visit the city’s businesses, so register today.
Photo:The Spring Grove High School Drama Club is planning their first Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. Some members pictured are, left to right, front row, Claire Solberg, Grace Torgerson, Olivia Mendez, Jensen Krosch. Back row, Evan Holty, Savannah Holty, Josh Newgaard, Wyatt Spier, and Ellie Halverson.