In 2008, a small group of us got together to put a summer geocaching picnic event together.
A few weeks ago, that event hit its eighth birthday.
Originally born the Hall of Fame Picnic because of two Hall of Fames in our immediate area (baseball and soccer), there is now but one still around (baseball). The picnic, however, continues on.
One thing that is cool about the event is trying to come up with something different each year. There’s been photo scavenger hunts and the GeoOlympics to name a few things we’ve done. We usually try and put out new caches for the event, which is always fun.
This year was a passport program where people showed up, received a passport and then went out to find eight new caches — all letterbox hybrids — to stamp their passport. Then they came back for the picnic and we drew names of those who completed the passport for random prizes.
It’s a nice, smaller event that people seem to enjoy each year. We’ve, for the most part, seen a steady increase in attendance each year.
Our attendance over the years:
- 2015: 47
- 2014: 41
- 2013: 23
- 2012: 29
- 2011: 26
- 2010: 25
- 2009: 28
- 2008: 17 (does not include multiple logs by people claiming “event only” finds
In two years, the 10th edition of this event will take place and I already have ideas for it. Next year will be No. 9, though, and it will hopefully be as fun as normal.
If you are a local (or semi-local) geocacher and haven’t been to this event — well check it out next year! If you’ve been to them, I hope you’ve had a great time at them.
This year was definitely a success and here’s looking forward to next year and beyond!
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Sounds like you all need to start a geocatching hall of fame!
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Congratulations. Our local group started doing this last year on the first weekend in August. Last year, we had a poker run, with new caches and 11, yeah, you read that right, 11 different events scattered through the course of the day. Most of them were flash mobs of the 15 minute variety which aren’t allowed anymore, but man, what a hectic day.
This year, we had a puzzle run, with STAR WARS themed caches hidden worth various points for teams who decided to work through them. A lot of work, but also a lot of fun. Not sure what we’ll be doing yet next year.
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Awesome! Keep that up. I have found as we continue on, the more interest we get. I like that it’s not some massive event, too. It’s nice to be able to talk to people etc. I have plans for Year 10, but I need to get through next year.
The puzzle run sounds fun. I might have to think about something like that.