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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