Clue Bombs: Hints to Win!

Cary, NC-

Cary, NC- While everyone is enjoying their summer vacation, our CaryCitizen team is hard at work dreaming up new clues to stump our The Cary Scavenger Hunt teams. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it! Because you are reading this, you may now have a leg up on the competition. Read on! Read more

Register Now and Save!

Cary, NC – While CaryCitizen’s 2016 Cary Scavenger Hunt is still almost three months away, we have an incentive for folks to become what we call “early adopters.” It’s a PROMO CODE. Read more

The Cary Scavenger Hunt: Team Building at Its Best

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Cary, NC- CaryCitizen has created the Cary Scavenger Hunt for the last seven years and every year we are impressed and surprised by the ingenuity of our competitive teams. They work together and strategize to be the best during their quest to learn all about Cary, the town we all know and love. Read more

Date Announced for 2016

Last Year's Corporate team Winners (The Real E Staters) visiting our Presenting sponsor, Doctors Express

Last Year’s Corporate team Winners (The Real E Staters) visiting our Presenting sponsor, Doctors Express

Cary, NC- Save the Date! Saturday, September 17, 2016 is the date of the 7th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt! Read more

More Photos from the 2015 Event

This team came ready to compete with costumes- maybe extra points next year?

This team came ready to compete with costumes- maybe extra points next year?

Our teams had a blast at the 6th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt on Saturday September 12th. But it seems that one post listing our winners was just not enough to express what an awesome time everyone had at the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt.

Enjoy these additional photos!

Morning Check-in

Our morning volunteer check-in staff. They did a great job! L-> Phil Shepard, Kris Carmichael, Beth Hunt, Jillian Goodtree, Barbara Shepard, Hal Goodtree, Lindsey Chester, Christie Shine, David Lindquist

Our morning volunteer check-in staff. They did a great job! L-> Phil Shepard, Kris Carmichael, Beth Hunt, Jillian Goodtree, Barbara Shepard, Hal Goodtree, Lindsey Chester, David Lindquist. Missing: Christie Shine

 

The Riddle E-Racers, 2014 Adult team winners, came ready wearing shirts they had worn in past scavenger hunts to psych out the competition

The Riddle E-Racers, 2014 Adult team winners, came ready wearing shirts they had worn in past scavenger hunts to psych out the competition

Donations to Non-Profits earned Extra Points

Kramden Institute was on hand in the morning to collect used computer equipment to recycle- extra points!

Kramden Institute was on hand in the morning to collect used computer equipment to recycle- extra points!

Michelle from Dorcas Ministries loaded up her car with food donations dropped off by our teams

Michelle from Dorcas Ministries loaded up her car with food donations dropped off by our teams

Teen Council Helped us get Ready

The Cary Teen Council prepared our team bags containing the secret Clue Books

The Cary Teen Council prepared our team bags containing the secret Clue Books

The View From the Stage

The view of our teams from the stage

The view of our teams from the stage

Hal Goodtree and Lindsey Chester, of CaryCitizen prepare the teams to leave on their quest

Hal Goodtree and Lindsey Chester, of CaryCitizen prepare the teams to leave on their quest

 

The Afternoon Finish Party

Dan PIke checking in teams when they returned

Dan PIke checking in teams when they returned

Teams were welcomed by Swoops and Cosmo mascots from the RailHawks and Cary Invasion

Teams were welcomed by Swoops and Cosmo mascots from the RailHawks and Cary Invasion

 

The Cary Invasion Dancers entertained the crowd

The Cary Invasion Dancers entertained the crowd

 

Teams sampled food and activities from our 24 vendors

Teams sampled food and activities from our 24 vendors

 

Lindsey and Phil draw raffle winners. We had over 20 prizes to give away

Lindsey Chester and Phil Shepard draw raffle winners. We had over 20 prizes to give away

 

overhead shot of the stage in Town Hall

overhead shot of the stage in Town Hall

 

Hall Goodtree announces the winners

Hall Goodtree and intern Jillian announce the winners

2nd and 3rd Place Teams

We did a story on the winners already but here are the teams that came in 2nd and 3rd place.

The Riddle E-Racers, 3rd place Adult Team with 10,850 points

The Riddle E-Racers, 3rd place Adult Team with 10,850 points

The Brainy Bunch 1- 3rd place Corporate Team with 7180 points

The Brainy Bunch 1- 3rd place Corporate Team with 7180 points

The Newman Navigators-3d place Family Team with 9690 points

The Newman Navigators-3d place Family Team with 9690 points

 

2 place Family Team Eeyore's buddies with their mascot scored 9770.

2nd place Family Team Eeyore’s buddies with their mascot scored 9770.

 

The UndersTATEd was our 2nd place Corporate Team with 7355 points

The UndersTATEd was our 2nd place Corporate Team with 7355 points

 

Playing for their second year the Piggly Wiggly Princess came in 2nd place for adult teams with 10745.

Playing for their second year the Piggly Wiggly Princess came in 2nd place for adult teams with 10745.

Stay Tuned for 2016 Date Announcement

Many teams came in costumes like the team pictured above. We just may add some bonus points for that next year. Stay tuned for a date announcement for our 7th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt in 2016.

After speaking with our sponsors this week, we feel assured that most will be back with us to join in the fun next year. If you missed this year’s hunt, start getting a team together now! Subscribe for free to CaryCitizen- we write 3 stories a day, and many of our clues come right from that content!

The Winners

Our first place teams walked away with $250 cash and a cool trophy!

Our first place teams walked away with $250 cash and a cool trophy!

Cary, NC — CaryCitizen had our highest turn-out ever for our sixth annual Cary Scavenger Hunt – 63 teams registered to play and discover clues placed all over Cary.

6th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt

The adventure started at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center.

Breakfast was provided by The Richards’ Advantage McDonald’s, Toast Cafe, Edible Arrangements, Relay Foods and Once in a Blue Moon Cafe.

A record number of teams signed up in advance to play and checked-in with us by 9:30. They were then given their clue books and began to strategize to use their time wisely. All teams had to return by 1:30 pm to have their scores tallied.

Due to predicted inclement weather Saturday for afternoon, we made a move to hold our finish-line festivities inside Cary’s Town Hall right next door.

Hilarious Team Photos

For the first time ever, teams uploaded photos from the field to a secure email address. We have some hilarious photos to share of their adventures.

The Amazing Racers dressed up at the Country Connection Western Store

The Brainy Bunch visiting The Cat Clinic of Cary

Team Blue Whales having fun at the Cary Family Y

The Cary Potter team at presenting sponsor, AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care

The Fearsome Foursome at sponsor Workout Anytime

The Winners

When teams came back to Town Hall, a party awaited them included 24 booths filled with food and fun to keep them busy while their scores were tallied by our esteemed celebrity judges.

Then, we announced our winners. The three 1st place teams were:

The Fab 4, Our first place Adult Team displaying their cash and trophy winnings

The Roaming Rowdy Lucas family, won 1st place in the Family Team category

The Real EsTATE Chix won in our new Corporate team category

Plenty of Fun

Regardless of whether teams won or lost, there was plenty of fun for all.

Many of our sponsors donated fun raffle prizes that included tickets to Cary Invasion games and opening nights at the Cary Players theater productions, a two-night stay at the Mayton Inn, jewelry from Stonehaven Jewelers and much more.

If you would like to see the the scores of all who competed, visit the official scoreboard on the Scavenger Hunt website. We will be announcing plans for the 2016 Cary Scavenger Hunt soon when we have a date set. Who knows – maybe your team will be a winner next year!

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Story by Lindsey Chester. Lead photo and winner photos by Brooke Meyer.

Meet the Judges of the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt

 

Meet our celebrity judges of the Cary Scavenger Hunt Saturday Sept 12, 2015

Meet our celebrity judges of the Cary Scavenger Hunt Saturday Sept 12, 2015

Cary, NC — Did you know that you can rub shoulders with Cary’s celebrities at the Cary Scavenger Hunt? They’re not movie stars, but, without them, Cary wouldn’t be what it is today.  Read more

The Cary Scavenger Hunt – Pssst! The Big Hint!

2014 Team photo taken at the Cat Clinic, a sponsor of the Cary Scavenger Hunt

Cary, NC — It is less than three weeks until CaryCitizen’s annual event, the Cary Scavenger Hunt, on Saturday, September 12, 2015. And that means it’s time to drop one more BIG hint.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

If you’ve played in the Cary Scavenger Hunt before, you know it involves our sponsors. Pay attention folks – these guys could help you win!

We love our sponsors, because, without them, we literally could not hold the Cary Scavenger Hunt! They help us pay for all the things we need to purchase in order for you, our teams, to have a fun day! Event t-shirts, quality signage, posters and advertising, food and beverages and the technology that allows you to view your scores in real time during the event are all part of it.

Our sponsors make all this and more possible.

The Campbell University Camel drawing a raffle ticket for an iPad last year

Free Raffle Prizes

Many of our sponsors will be contributing fantastic FREE raffle prizes that anyone can win at the finish area when our teams return and await their scores and the winner announcements. If you register for the Hunt, you can enter to win great prizes at the event. No extra cash needed – you just have to fill out a ticket! We will have random drawings, and they’re all free to enter.

How would you like to win a two-night stay at the soon-to-open Mayton Inn, including breakfast and cocktails? What about a wonderful piece of handcrafted jewelry from Stonehaven Jewelers?

Other raffle prizes this year include season tickets to see the Cary Invasion professional basketball team, tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes, catered dinner for 10 from Firewurst, round-trip Amtrak train tickets, two sets of tickets for four opening nights to the Cary Players’ productions this season and more!

Pay Attention to Our Sponsors

Visit these folks before the event, or check out their websites.

Knowing what they do or where they are located can come in very handy. You might want to chart their locations in your GPS. To see the full list of all sponsors and the booths that will be serving up fun at the finish, visit the sponsor page.

Thank you to the following local businesses who are all an important part of the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt:

Presenting Sponsor

AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic in Cary that treats the whole family. They have on-site lab tests, x-rays and prescriptions, and no appointments are needed to treat a range of problems from fractures and cuts to earaches and more.

AFC Doctors Express is open seven days a week to meet your emergencies close to home without the wait time of an Emergency Room.

Hosting Sponsors

The Town of Cary allows the event to be held in one of its most historic treasures, The Page-Walker Arts & History Center, located in the heart of Downtown Cary. Their wonderful staff works hard to make sure our booths are set up and that our sound system is working.

With their help, the event runs like a well-oiled machine.

Platinum Sponsors

Ashworth Drugs is a wonderful Cary landmark has been a part of the Cary Scavenger Hunt from the very start.

Great Harvest Bread bakes bread daily with wheat they grind in the store (this business has been with the Cary Scavenger Hunt since 2010).

The Cat Clinic of Cary is veterinary clinic that specializes in feline patients. They also have a visiting van to look at dogs and other pets in the comfort of home.

Chick-fil-A of Waverly entices with the phrase “Eat More Chicken” and is part of many events all over Cary.

North Carolina’s Amtrak operates several trains per day that arrive at the Downtown Cary Depot.

Paws in the City is a family-owned business that offers holistic and natural food for your dog and cat.

Koko Fit Club customizes workouts to your goals, guides you every step of the way, motivates you and tracks your results on your own private dashboard.

Gold Sponsors

Cary Family Eye Care is a private optometrist practice that is family-owned.

Whole Foods Cary was renovated and enlarged in 2014, and they have offered organic goodness in Cary since Waverly Place first opened.

The Cary Family YMCA has helped grow mind, body and spirit for all through fitness, camps, tutoring and after-school programs for over 20 years.

Hurricane Grill & Wings boasts some of the best wings in town, but that’s not all they serve – check out their fish tacos and other fresh menu items.

Firewurst is a family-owned business that is hoping to take their unique quality flame grilled sausages, burgers and dogs business to a national level.

The Country Connection stocks cowboy boots, hats and all manner of Western gear. They started in Garner, and the Cary location opened in 2014.

The Mayton Inn will open in the fall of 2015 as a Diamond luxury boutique hotel on South Academy Street and will include a full bar, restaurant and meeting space.

The Butcher’s Market is a locally-owned butcher and market where you can expect wonderful meats and local produce and products.

Workout Anytime is open 24/7, and this gym has all the equipment you’ll need to get a complete workout whenever you want it.

The Parkside Town Commons shopping center in Western Cary is now building phases two with restaurants and smaller, more local businesses in addition to the recently opened CineBowl.

Stonehaven Jewelry creates lasting works of art that can be worn for generations.

Triangle Table Tennis is the largest indoor table tennis facility in the country that holds lessons, weekly leagues and camps, monthly tournaments and fitness equipment with showers and a pro shop.

Cary’s Biggest Adventure

If you register to be a part of the fun, you will learn all about these great places as well as history, public art (Cary has a lot of both!), our parks and greenways and a little trivia thrown in for fun. You don’t have to be a “Cary Expert” to play – one registered team just moved here.

One of the comments we hear year after year is that teams play to “have an adventure,” and that is guaranteed. You will also take some hilarious selfies along the way – Christmas photos anyone? So, check out the website, and register soon!

Online registration closes at 8 pm on Friday, September 11, 2015. We will accept walk-ups on event day with a $10 on-site processing fee. Be a part of Cary’s Biggest Adventure!

Event Details

The Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Page-Walker Arts & History Center – 119 Ambassador Loop in Downtown Cary

  • Check in – 8:30-9:15 am
  • Start – 9:30 am
  • Teams return – 1:30 pm
  • Winners announced – 3-3:30 pm

Register for the Hunt.

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Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos from CaryCitizen files.

Cary Scavenger Hunt: The Prizes

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Cary, NC — The Cary Scavenger Hunt takes place on Saturday, September 12, 2015. As a reader of CaryCitizen, you probably already know lots of Cary trivia. These odd facts and miscellaneous knowledge could help you win big at the finish – but what will you win?

Everyone Can Win

Teams of up to four people compete to claim the biggest prizes, but anyone can win our raffles.

Three Team Categories

Teams register to compete in one of three team categories. They are:

  • Adult Teams – Four unrelated or semi-related adults (all over 18)
  • Family Teams – Adults with related children or parts or two families (someone is a parent of the others on the team)
  • Corporate Teams – Employees from one company. A company may sponsor from 1-3 teams of their employees. This can include spouses or families of employees. They will wear shirts bearing the company logo during the Hunt.

Register for the hunt online.

Winners of the Cary Scavenger Hunt are awarded trophies stuffed with cash

What Teams Win

The top three teams in each category will win trophies for first, second and third place.

They also win cash prizes to split between them:

  • 1st Place – $250
  • 2nd Place – $100
  • 3rd Place – $50

There is even a prize for the team with the lowest score of the day. That team will be awarded four tickets to Triangle Food Tour’s Downtown Cary restaurant tasting tour, to be scheduled when it suits the team members. Great way for them to learn a little more about Cary, right?

Raffle Drawings mean anyone can win!

Grand Prize Drawing

You don’t have to be an expert to win something cool at the Cary Scavenger Hunt. Everyone can enter to win FREE raffle drawings at the finish. The grand raffle prize this year is a “Sweet Escape to a Romantic Hideaway” donated by the soon-to-open Mayton Inn.

Get pampered with two luxurious nights in the romantic Waldo Cottage at the Mayton Inn. Enjoy a couples massage followed by a toast and dinner in their restaurant, Veranda. Have a nightcap of port and chocolates. Breakfast in the morning completes the package, valued at $1,100.

Stonehaven Jewelers, located in Downtown Cary, has donated a piece of jewelry valued at $500. This custom jewelry company creates one-of-a-kind pieces to hand down over generations. Other prizes include free bowling packages from Buffaloe Lanes, a membership to Triangle Table Tennis, tickets to the Cary Players’ Fall production and much more.

The Finish

To ease all the stress of waiting for your scores, we have a party at the finish line. The School of Rock musicians will play as teams return. There are booths from area businesses and food to sample from Academy Street Bistro, Smoothie King, Moe’s, BlackFinn, Dave & Busters, Chick Fil A Waverly, Great Harvest Bread and Firewurst. We may even have a few food trucks!

Winners

Raffle prizes are awarded at 2:30 pm. Our winners are announced between 3-3:30 pm.

Do you think you know Cary? Even if you don’t, you’ll have a great time learning about this wonderful town we call home. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Prize Money Could Increase

If we exceed our registration goals, the cash amount for winners will increase! After we hit 60 teams, we will increase the prize pot by $5 for each additional team that registers. We are already more than halfway to that goal with 31 teams on board as of this writing!

Help us spread the word and increase registration.

Event Details

2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt
presented by AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care 
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop

Check-in 8:30-9:15 am
Start 9:30 am
Return 1:30 pm
Winners announced 3-3:30 pm

The event is created by CaryCitizen and hosted by The Town Of Cary.
For additional information, click here.

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Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos from CaryCitizen files.

Donate During the Morning and Earn Extra Points!

Cary, NC- CaryCitizen has strong ties with our area non-profits. Two of these organizations will be accepting donations during our morning check-in at the Cary Scavenger Hunt on Saturday September 12, 2015. Dorcas Ministries will be collecting non-perishable food items and Kramden Institute will have a van to take your used electronics and computers. Read more