The Cary Scavenger Hunt Returns To Page-Walker in 2014

Cary Scavenger Hunt teams disperse

Photo of 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt by Brooke Meyer

Cary, NC- While everyone in Cary has been enjoying a wicked winter, CaryCitizen has been working quietly behind the scenes to build the 2014 Cary Scavenger Hunt.

When & Where?

The fun will take place on Saturday September 13, with check-in starting at 9 and winners announced at 3pm.

We are pleased to announce that will will once again be partnering with the Town Of Cary as our hosting sponsor to produce our event again this year at the Historic Page-Walker Arts and History Center in the Heart of Downtown Cary.

Some Changes for 2014

We listened to our teams and sponsors and this year we will be expanding our booths at the finish and offer raffle prizes from participating businesses so that more people leave winners.  Scores will also be posted during the event so that teams can see where they stand in the finish as the winners are announced.

Expect trophies for First, Second and Third place teams in both Adult and Family team categories.

Clue Ideas

Folks liked the “clue bombs” on our facebook page, and we will continue those. We also have some new ideas to increase the fun that will be announced at a later date.

If you have some clue ideas that you would like to submit, please email Lindsey Chester. She will begin putting together this information in March and finalize by August 1.

Get Involved

Do you own a business that would like to participate? Businesses can create a team, have a booth, contribute raffle prizes, or sponsor a clue in the Hunt itself.

Give Lindsey a call at 919-244-6463, and she’ll set up an appointment to go over the particulars.

Team Sign-ups will begin May 31. There will be some special offers to past participants, and if that’s you, watch for emails with promo codes..

Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!
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2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt Official Scores

Morning photo at Page-Walker before the teams took off
Morning photo at Page-Walker before the teams took off

Cary, NC- Last Saturday amid forecasts of thunder showers and a last minute switch of afternoon venues, teams competed to be declared the winners of the 4th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt. After an adventure that took 52 teams throughout the 54 square miles of our town, including non-contiguous areas, the exhausted competitors came back to Town Hall and a warm party reception. Food, Beer (that’s right!) and plenty of entertainment awaited our heroes as the scores were tallied and the winners were finally announced at 3:00pm by CaryCitizen publisher Hal Goodtree. There was even a Last Place trophy awarded to the team who scored the overall lowest points of the day.


Team Epic, the Adult Team winners
Team Epic, the Adult Team winners

Our Winners

In the Adult Category: “Team Epic”, who has played with us before, won first place with a score of 9000 points even.

CaryCitizen publisher announces the family Team winners, the Lucky Lucases
CaryCitizen publisher announces the family Team winners, the Lucky Lucases

Our Family Team winners were the “Lucky Lucases” also a team who has competed in the past, who scored 8490.

Our last place team, was Team Smith, who we believe we have seen playing previously as well. What does that prove? “If at first you don’t succeed, Try Try Again- or take home a different kind of trophy”.

Team Smith with the official lowest score won a trophy too
Team Smith with the official lowest score won a trophy too

We heard fun tales from our sponsors, who told us teams came prepared for fun on their visits. At Town Hall everyone enjoyed a brew from soon-to-open Fortnight Brewery, and had some samples from Another Broken Egg, Great h=Harvest Bread, Tijuana Flats and Smoothie King. Teams were entertained by the daring-do of Tiger-Rock Martial Arts, the Concert Singers of Cary and the ever popular Superskippers. Child IDs’ were made by NY Life, tumbling was learned from Little Gym, kids could even learn some yoga from Open Arts or make & take a craft from the Cary Creative Center. Three teams even test drove the new 4 door 500L FIAT for the day. Adventures all around.

Now what everyone has been waiting for: (drumroll please) The overall scores from our teams! From a total possible score of  10,877 points,  here’s how our teams performed:

The Scores

Family Teams

  1. Lucky Lucases: 8490
  2. Waverly Hillbillies: 8344
  3. Moores-R-Us: 8254
  4. Family Fun 44: 8034
  5. The End of the rainbow: 7972
  6. Team Ziggy: 7715
  7. The Fireman& His Pink Flamingoes: 7242
  8. Mac Knapp-7045
  9. Foernzler- 6755
  10. Knick Knacks: 6669
  11. Just The Girls: 6430
  12. Starfleet: 6339
  13. Adventure Owls: 6155
  14. Scaramouche: 6059
  15. The Winners: 5874
  16. Pteradactyls: 5814
  17. Team Rowe: 5770
  18. Dad’s birthday Crew: 5444
  19. White Lightening: 5360
  20. The Wyatts: 5025
  21. Team Reyes: 4475
  22. TGK: 4329
  23. Cozy Corners: 4230
  24. Cary’d Away: 4170
  25. The Neck Flabs: 3785
  26. Angry Birds: 3240
  27. Team Smith: 2120 (Our Last Place Team)

Teams that did not finish: Village Idiots and Flamingo Monkeys

Adult Teams

  1. Team Epic- 9000
  2. Riddle E Racers- 7848
  3. Farm Girls- 7714
  4. Pederson A Team- 7580
  5. Cary On- 7550
  6. Pig Me- 6775
  7. Keep Calm & Carry On- 6105
  8. In It To Win It- 5965
  9. Team Thomas- 5745
  10. Team Schwartz- 5265
  11. Purpletts- 5160
  12. Penn Staters- 5050
  13. Chris’ Clue Crew- 4975
  14. BAMT- 4904
  15. J-PAC- 4277
  16. Whovians- 4230
  17. Team Buckeye- 3455
  18. Popham Crew- 3130
  19. All Wrapped Up Parties- 2835

Teams without scores: The Growlers, Farm Girls

We will begin planning next year’s event within the next few weeks and plan to make some early announcements as the details unfold. I have heard it’s a good idea to read CaryCitizen (subscribe for free daily emails) and check our facebook page periodically. Oh yeah, and listen up when we announce our sponsors they are generally important folks for points.

Photos by Brooke Meyer for CaryCitizen

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2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt: The Biggest Clue

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Cary, NC – Do you want to know the biggest hint to winning the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt? Read on.

The Biggest Clue

So, you want the biggest clue to the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt? The one that will let you rack up some major points? Here it is:

Pay attention to the sponsors.


We have hinted around about this before. Our sponsors play a BIG role during our event.


Sure, they may have a booth at the event and hand out some samples to our hungry teams. They have all  hung up our posters and handed out fliers. Maybe they even put our event in their email newsletters. But did you know that clues about their businesses are buried within our clue book?

Sponsors are in integral part of the event.  Most clues found in our clue book are about Cary trivia, history, public art, event venues and little known facts. But sponsors are really important. Over 20 clues this year will let you meet Cary-owned businesses. These folks help make Cary unique. Many participate in numerous other community events as some of our town’s chief cheerleaders.

Worth The Most Points

Here’s another hint: Our sponsors are worth a lot of points.

We couldn’t have the event without them, therefore we reward these businesses for their community spirit.

If teams travel to every single sponsor and bring back the clues, we will award them over 5000 points! Maybe next year we will come up with a Sponsor Bonus for the team that does just that!

Do Your Research Now

Look them up, find out where they are located and you may get on jump on winning.

Of course you won’t know what the questions are, but at least you will have an idea where to go.

The questions may require you to take a team photo. Or bring back an item. Or find an answer about these businesses. All to prove you paid them a visit.

2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt Sponsors

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of these fine businesses for their support of the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt.

The Town of Cary, our hosting sponsor, without whose help we would not be at the historical and lovely Page-Walker for our event start and finish.

Atlantic Tire and Service, who graciously offered to be our presenting sponsor, and is involved throughout Cary in many community building events.

All of our Platinum sponsors who have stepped up in a big way to help:  Ashworth Drugs , Bright HorizonsChick Fil A of Waverly Place  , Casto Development (Stone Creek & Park West Shopping), Glenaire  and Great Harvest Bread Co, Cary.

Our Gold level sponsors bring variety to our event and include fitness centers, a winery, restaurants schools catering and more:  Carolina Auto Spa , Cary Family Y, Cary Family Eye Care, Cat Clinic of Cary, Chatham Hill Winery, Fid’addle Fitness, Garden Supply, Legacy Academy, The Matthews House, Parkway SleepHealth, Thai Spices & Sushi, Tijuana Flats , Triangle Aquatic Center, Yes! Solar Solutions

And last but surely not least our Silver sponsors , each who have been involved with us in the past: Cary Creative Center, Cornerstone PediatricsCRC- The Disaster Relief Experts, Dorcas Ministries, Triangle Food Tour, Whole Foods of Cary.

As diverse as this group of Cary businesses is, they all have one thing in common: a desire to connect with our wonderful Cary Community. Find out a little about each of them and be prepared to have a great time at the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt! A little homework could make you a winner!


2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday Sept 21, 2013
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Downtown Cary

  • Check in at 9am, Hunt starts at 9:30am
  • Teams return to be judged at 1:30pm
  • Winners announced around 3pm

Register NOW.

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Cary Scavenger Hunt: Here Come the (Celebrity) Judges!

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Cary, NC-  Some of the most iconic leaders in Cary will be on our panel of judges for the 2014 Cary Scavenger Hunt. Thank you, judges!

Cary Scavenger Hunt – Connecting People

CaryCitizen likes to connect people in the community. Our Cary Scavenger Hunt is our biggest example of how we do that in a very real and physical way through an event that brings people, places and businesses together all in one fun-filled day.

All teams are judged by some of Cary’s famous town leaders. These include the Town Council members, a State Legislator, presidents and directors of some of Cary’s most iconic institutions.

Be on your best behavior! Teams may get hot under the collar as they present their answers to our clues, and they will be judged by these wonderful town leaders. You wouldn’t want to get on their bad side, would you?

Our Esteemed Judges

Chief Judge –  Joy Pike, former Chairperson, Heart of Cary Association.


  • Doc Thorne – Past president, Heart of Cary Association
  • Kris Carmichael – Supervisor, Page-Walker Arts & History Center
  • Peggy Van Scoyac – Cary historian
  • Ed Yerha – At-Large Member, Cary Town Council
  • Becky Colwell – Manager, Koka Booth Amphitheatre
  • Lyman Collins – Cultural Arts Manager, Town Of Cary
  • Jack Smith, Town Council District C representative
  • Tom Murry – Representative, North Carolina State Legislature, District 41
  • Preeti Waas – Executive Chef of the Matthews House
  • Ralph Ashworth – Owner of Daphne’s Hallmark and Ashworth Drugs
  • Rachel Baranski – Director, Applause! Cary Youth Theatre
  • Susanne Portanova – House Manager, Cary Arts Center
  • Howard Manning – Executive Director, Dorcas Ministries
  • Mary Davis Wallace – Executive Director, Cary Visual Art
  • Eleanor Thorne – Businesswoman, member of Cary’s Technology Task Force
  • Steve Thorne – Businessman, lifelong Cary resident
  • Denise Russo – Heart of Cary Association

Now’s your chance to test your knowledge and have fun building some connections to the town we all love. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, or you moved in last year, you will learn something about Cary on Sept 21- we guarantee it!

There’s less than 1 week to register for the fun.

Event info

4th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Sept 21, 2013
starts and finishes at historic Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Downtown Cary, NC

Check in at 9am. All teams must return to Page-Walker by 1:30 pm. Winners announced approximately 3 pm.

Register Now

Trophies Full of Cash!

3Cary, NC- We are counting down to this year’s Cary Scavenger Hunt, slated for Sat Sept 21. We decided to add a new twist. A trophy full of cash for each winning team!

Who couldn’t use a little extra dough in their pocket? Rather than a trip that means more work for you to arrange, or gift cards to places you will never visit, this year our teams will to be rewarded for their efforts with good old-fashioned, cold hard cash!

Not a debit card, not a bunch of gift cards- but cool dollars filling the top of our new fabulous Cary Scavenger Hunt trophies!

Each winning team: Adult Team and Family Team will win the trophy and its contents.

Not to be left out: the team achieving the LOWEST score will also win a trophy and a prize.

The idea of a trophy is new this year. Sizable and heavy, we created these beauties with Downtown merchant Creative Images. They make trophies of all shapes and sizes for area teams. Your team can display it proudly- maybe on your mantel. We plan to make our trophies a new Scavenger Hunt tradition. We are looking forward to the photo opportunities when our winners hoist these in the air.

So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to register!

Click here to sign-up today!