What’s A Clue?

July 1, 2014 | Story by: | Categories: Featured, Scavenger Hunt

past cluebooks have yielded lots of answers in the Cary Scavenger Hunt adventure

Cary, NC- By now you may have seen posters around town, or flyers promoting our Cary Scavenger Hunt at your favorite local businesses. You may be wondering “what is the Cary Scavenger Hunt?” Or “What sorts of clues are people hunting for during the event?”

Glad you asked. There are three main types of clues that teams will be tasked with finding.

What Makes a Clue?

In order to get credit for visiting various sites around town, our judges will need proof that you and your teammates actually visited the locations that the clues hint about. Some clue answers will be local businesses, some will encompass Cary’s public art placements, others will involve trivia about historical places or facts, and still others will test our teams’ knowledge of the greenway and park system.

You get the idea. No one is an expert at EVERYTHING. Well, almost no one. We at CaryCitizen pride ourselves on knowing a lot about Cary, and what we don’t know, we have experts to help us. People like Lyman Collins, the Cultural Arts Manager for the Town of Cary, and Brent Miller president of The Friends of Page-Walker, and Kris Carmicheal, Page-Walker Supervisor and lots of others town celebrities willing to lend a hand. They also help us judge the teams answers at the finish line.

The Three Types of Clues

Most answers fall into three categories: team photos, bringing back an item, or filling an answer in the book. That’s right, everyone gets an official Clue Book  (one per team) on the morning of the event. It serves as the official guide to all things Cary Scavenger Hunt.

1. Take A Team Photo

A question that requires a team photo, means just that. The whole team must be in the photo, at the correct location, wearing their 2014 Cary Scavenger Hunt t-shirts. You may have to ask a friendly stranger to snap that photo, or if you are great at taking “selfies” that will suffice. The judges will score based on whether you got the location correct and if everyone is in the photo. teams are strictly NOT allowed to “divide and conquer” the cluebook to beat the time. Teams MUST stay together. Heck, its more fun that way!

2. Bring Back an Item

Some clues will require teams to visit a location and collect something there. Maybe a bottle of sauce, or a rock,who knows? The judges will ask the teams to produce that item in order to be awarded points.

3. Fill In an Answer

Other clues will test your knowledge by requiring teams to visit a location and learn something, then fill in an answer in the space provided in the book. It may be a person’s name,  a date, a number or an interesting fact they find.

Then There’s “Miscellaneous Clues”

Still other clues may require teams to have some paper and pencils to make a rubbing of a plaque or to make something and bring it back.

The whole point of the Cary Scavenger Hunt is to get a little outside of your comfort zone, and go discover what the Town of Cary has to offer. All clues require that teams physically visit the locations, not simply answer from memory. We want you to see and learn about town during this one day adventure.

Teams have from 9:30am until 1:30pm to trek to as many of the 60+ clues as they can. It CAN be done- we have had teams that have answered nearly every question in our book in one day. You can do it too!

What are you waiting for?  Sign up today and start watching our facebook page for helpful hints to “get you in the game”

Event Info

The 5th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt

Saturday September 13, from 9am check in til 3:00pm winners announced

Page-Walker Arts and History center (and beyond!)

Teams of four $49.00

Sign up here


Cary Scavenger Hunt – Watching for Clue Bombs


Cary, NC – Wouldn’t you like some fun hints about how to win the Cary Scavenger Hunt? Start looking for Clue Bombs! 

CaryCitizen is adding to the fun with our favorite past time: Clue Bombs! But you can only find them if you “get Social with us” on Facebook and Twitter. That’s where we drop the occasional hint to keep life interesting.

What’s a Clue Bomb?

We invented the Clue Bomb in the lead up to the event last September.  We hoped  potential participants would have a better idea what the clues require, and that it would pique interest. It worked. Lots of fun questions were asked and teams signed up, and created a fun dialogue.  Some Clue Bombs will be photos we post to Facebook. Others will be actual clues pulled from the official book yet to be published. Still others are shout-outs to our sponsors who make up a percentage of our clue destinations.

Get Social

Where can you find a Clue Bomb? The easiest way is by following CaryCitizen on Facebook . Several times a week there will be a Scavenger Hunt update.

Like to Tweet? Look us up on Twitter (@CaryCitizen) or search for  #CaryScavHunt. Anything related to the Hunt will have that moniker.

Using these two social media channels, we post information about Cary several times a day. Sprinkled within those posts, in the weeks leading up to the Cary Scavenger Hunt, will be hints at what we are going to include. Clue Bombs.

We may have taken a fun photo that we share on our adventures creating the clues. Or we may pose a question that might help find a location that will be used in the event. You never know, but it helps to pay attention.

Here’s a hint that was already dropped this past week- maybe it’ll give you an idea what to expect:

Bow strings on the greenway- can you tell me how I got here? It may help you in your Cary Scavenger Hunt quest on Sept 13

Our sponsors have also been encouraged to post things about their own plans for the event day. Look on our sponsor page, and start following these businesses. They may have special offers, they may repeat things we have posted. Its all part of our hopes to have a fun social media environment surrounding the event. Cary’s a tech town, right?

Event Info

Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Check in at 9:00am, winners announced at 3:00 pm

Starts and Finishes at Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop in Downtown Cary

Tickets- Teams of four+ $49.


It’s back! The 5th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt!

042 Cary Scavenger Hunt 2013

Cary, NC- For the fifth year in a row, CaryCitizen brings to town the Cary Scavenger Hunt, to be held on Saturday, September 13 at the historic Page-Walker Arts & History Center.


But First, What Is It?

The Cary Scavenger Hunt is an adventure in your own backyard. In Cary , that is. Well, there’s a few clues in Morrisville too.

Teams  of four will compete to see who can figure out the answers to our cluebook questions and come back bringing home the most points.

What Kinds of Questions?

Glad you asked.

  1. They may need to find a mural and tell us its name.
  2. Teams may climb a wall and have a photo to prove it.
  3. Maybe there’s an item that must be brought back as proof of the journey.

Participants will learn about public art, locally owned businesses, parks, greenways, entertainment venues and history. Its also been called a good team-bonding event.

We are excited to once again partner with the Town of Cary as our hosting sponsor, and Atlantic Tire and Service  the presenting sponsor, who is providing an outstanding surprise (we’ll get to that later).

More of Everything

Last year, despite the threat of inclement weather, which forced a late move indoors to the Cary Town Hall, our teams had a spectacular time. We intend to make 2014 even better. More activities, more prizes, and more food!


The more registrations we receive, the more cash for our winners. Last year, each winning team won giant trophies stuffed with cash (at least $250 each). If we hit 100 teams, we will double that.

But even better we will have some serious random raffle prize drawings during the day, including our grand raffle prize of 4 Michelin Tires from Atlantic Tire and Service !

There’s even a loser prize for the team with the absolute lowest score.

Live Electronic Scoring

New this year will be live scoring. Teams have asked us if we could post scores live during the event. Many wanted to see how they performed compared to the field of competitors. Our system is still in the works, but it is our intent to have an electronic board displaying scores, and a live social media stream that broadcasts what folks are posting to twitter and other social media during the day. Possibly some live video from inside the inner sanctum of the judging room.

Discount Codes

If you have played with us before, watch for a special email including a discount code to this year’s registration site . We are also creating promo codes for Heart of Cary Association members and Town of Cary staff. Membership does have its privileges! It is wise to sign-up before September to guarantee your team will have T-shirts to wear, they are required for any team photos taken during the day. And heck- they look cool!

4 Ways Follow Us- It Pays

  1. If you are thinking about forming a team to join in on the fun, start by subscribing to CaryCitizen’s emails so that you don’t miss a story or hint about what’s to come.
  2. Visit the Cary Scavenger Hunt website and subscribe to that feed for up -to -date info exclusively pertaining to the Hunt.
  3. Like us on facebook and join the Cary Scavenger Hunt event. Then watch for “Clue Bombs” where we give hints to questions hidden in the secret cluebooks.
  4. Follow us on twitter and look for helpful hints. The HASHTAG is #CaryScavHunt

The start time for the event is 9:30, which is when every team gets their official Cluebook and starts to strategize how to best tackle their trips around Cary during the 3 hours they have til they must return.

Books aren’t available until 9:30 am on the day of the event. After that, they are great souvenirs. We sometimes repeat particularly hard clues from year to year. If you’ve played, you might know those answers.


Event Info

The 5th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 13 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Page Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Downtown Cary
Check in from 8:30- 9:15
Official Start 9:30
Return 1:30pm
Winners announced at 3:00

Registration is $49 (unless you have a Promo Code) and you can do that HERE

Rain or Shine (in case of inclement weather, the finale will move inside to Cary Town Hall, right next door)

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!
Eventbrite - 2014 Cary Scavenger Hunt

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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