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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

Cary, 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!


Cary, NC- You gotta be in it to win it! The Cary Scavenger Hunt is just 4 weeks away and that means, its time to register and guarantee that your team will be wearing our fun event t-shirts while competing!  We are dropping hints on our facebook page– look there and you may have several answers ready before you even have a cluebook in hand!

Cheaper than a Movie Date

Registration costs only $49.99 per team of 4 people. You won’t need to spend ANY  additional money that day, unless you need to fill up your tank. The day includes your lunch, prizes, t-shirts, and lots of memories and a fun festival at the finish area. It’s cheaper than sending your family to the movies! And more memorable! Can you even tell me the last movie you saw and what the plot was?

You will learn all about Cary and yourselves during the day.

What you should know: Even if you think you don’t have enough points to win, the day is filled with fun, and there is a prize for our team with the absolute LOWEST score! Winners will receive trophies and prizes which this year includes CASH!

Its a Party

The day begins at 9 at the Page-Walker when you check in, and all teams must return by 1:30 to have their scores tallied. At the finish we have a party planned with food, crafts and entertainment. If you’re hungry, Tijuana Flats, Another Broken Egg, Smoothie King, Chick Fil A Waverly and Great Harvest Bread Co will feed you. Tired? We’ve scheduled performances by the International Ballet Academy, Concert Singers of Cary, Tiger Rock Martial Arts and the Cary Y Superskippers to help you chill out. The Cary Creative Center will be working on crafts with the kids. Our winners will be announced around 3:00.

SO What are you waiting for? Check out the event website and sign up today- you could still be entered to drive a FIAT for the day and save yourselves a tankful of gas! Register before September 9 to guarantee that everyone on your team gets to wear one of our great event T shirts!

Register for the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt here

Event Info

  • Sat September 21
  • Page Walker Arts and History Center
  • 119 Ambassador Loop, Downtown Cary
  • Check In at 9:00am, finish by 3:00 pm
  • Price $49.99/ team all inclusive


Cary Scavenger Hunt -  Fiat 500LCary, NC- The Cary Scavenger Hunt is one month away and we’ve got another trick up our sleeves to make the day super exciting for our teams! How about test driving the new 4 Door FIAT 500L?

If you register your team before Labor Day, Monday Sept 2, you are automatically entered in our drawing to drive one of FIAT’s newest four-door models all day, compliments of Hendrick FIAT of Cary. CaryCitizen will notify our four teams via email on Sept 3.

Hendrick will make sure the car has a full tank and you can hop in and out of this stylish Italian car for the day.

FIAT kids

Your team captain must be 21 or over and possess a valid driver’s license and proper (full coverage including collision) auto insurance. When you check in at 9 am on Saturday September 21st at Page-Walker, the driver will fill out the necessary paper work and off your team will go!

The new FIAT 500L (L as in LARGER, LONGER, LUXURIOUS) can comfortably seat 4 adults, and fifth if they are small. The car is sporty and being touted as an Urban Utility Vehicle to compete in the US with the Mini Cooper’s Countryman and the Kia Soul.

Recent Reviews

USA Today reviewed the 2014 500L in July and had this to say about this zippy model with excellent fuel economy:

We observed fuel economy of about 26 mpg (the EPA rates it at 25 city/33 highway/28 combined). Acceleration was brisk, even when passing on the highway, thanks to that Abarth engine. The six-speed manual was both responsive and comfortable, with easy throws. And did we mention how much fun it was to drive?

Syncs Up Phone and Navigation

As you search around Cary for clues, wouldn’t it be great to have a built-in navigation system and your phone hooked up? All models come equipped with in-dash navigation and bluetooth smart phone capabilities.

The reviewer says “It’s easy to sync it with a phone for music and calls, and navigation proved straightforward. There’s even a feature that tells you when you’re going over the speed limit, which came in handy during our tests. “

We certainly don’t want our teams getting speeding citations during our event!

Better Than Your MiniVan

Maybe you still have kids that need hauling with a fair amount of “junk”. This car will make you look cool like no minivan ever will. Want to try it for yourself- for a whole day? Register now for the Cary Scavenger Hunt and get out on the road in something cool.

Sign up before Sept 2, Labor Day, and you could be one of four teams that turns heads all around Cary on Saturday September 21 as you compete in the 4th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt.

Cary Scavenger Hunt Info

Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Sept 21, 2013
check in starts at 9am , event finishes at 3pm

Page-Walker Arts And History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC 27513

Sign up by Sept 2 to be eligible to drive a FIAT 500L.

Sign up by Sept 9 to guarantee a t-shirt.


The Cary Scavenger Hunt is created and produced by CaryCitizen, hosted by the Town of Cary and presented by Atlantic Tire.

cary scavenger huntCary , NC – As the Cary Scavenger Hunt draws near, we’re spending a great deal of time mapping out the town creating intriguing or puzzling clues.Each year, our teams amaze us with how many locations they manage to find and how high they score. Get a hint on this year’s strategy and 10% off registration through July 31.

Each Year We Change Strategies

Every year we revise our Cary Scavenger Hunt strategy and try to make the race tougher.

The first year we gave our 31 teams 6 hours to find 56 clues. But the winning teams found everything! We decided that 6 hours was too long, and reduced the time to 4 hours. The second year it was was 101 degrees and the winners managed again to find everything in four hours. Year three, we increased the overall number of clues to 60.

Our family team last year, conquered it all with a winning score of over 2000 points!

Cary Scavenger Hunt 2013 Strategy

This year’s strategy could be called “four corners.” 70 clues will literally take you to the 4 corners of Cary.

Our town has a far western edge that’s in Chatham County – we’ve got clues out there. We have a very far eastern side off Hillsborough Street, the hunt will take you out there. Harrison Avenue heads North to Umstead Park- you’ll go there too. Go way to the south and you’ll find several winning clues there as well.

Remember: the farther the clue, the more valuable the points. Teams will strategize to figure out how they can get the most points quickly.

Here’s a clue that will get you to a new location in town, one you just might think is in Apex:

 Many people think Cary has only 3 public high schools.  Can you name the 4th? Visit the home of the Mustangs and take a photo to prove it.  This clue will be worth 325 points!

cary scavenger hunt

Do a little research and see if you know where you can find the Mustangs. Then drive over there and see if you can find a mustang to prove you were there! You could be on your way to winning….

Sponsors Are Important in the Hunt Too

Our sponsors also play an important role in the Cary Scavenger Hunt. Without them, the Hunt couldn’t take place. Pay attention to these guys, cause you may earn some points along the way.

We’d also like to thank some additional businesses who have come on board to be our event sponsors since our first event announcement:

10% off Ends July 31

There’s only a few days left of special July pricing on our team registration. Form your team today and we’ll see you Saturday September 21, 2013 at the Historic Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary.

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cary scavenger huntCary, NC – The 4th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt is coming on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Here are some highlights and hints about this iconic Cary event, plus a 10% discount for registration in July.

2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt

As in scavenger hunts past, you’ll drive around town solving clues about places, people and things in Cary. You’ll collect souvenirs and amass points. The teams (Family and Adult) with the most points get prizes.

But everyone’s a winner, because the Cary Scavenger Hunt is really about an adventure in your own backyard.

Different Location Every Year

The first year we have held the Hunt at Koka Booth Amphitheatre to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

The second year we gave our teams a sneak peek of The Cary Arts Center before its official grand opening.

Last year we brought our crowd to the new Waverly Place  as new tenants were just starting to fill the space.

This September, we will base operations at the Historic Page-Walker Arts & History Center, thanks to our hosting sponsor, the Town of Cary and presenting sponsor Atlantic Tire.

For more history of the event, visit

Drive a New Fiat for a Day

One of our favorite twists that was added in year two was our partnership with Hendrick FIAT of the Cary Auto Mall. This will be the third year that they allow 4 teams to drive all day in four of their brand new cars. This year they have a new 4 door model (but we will tell you more on that in another post).

Stay tuned and we’ll tell you how to drive a new Fiat on the 2013 Hunt.

Be Efficient! From Start to Finish

The day starts with check-in at the site, when teams receive their T-Shirts. You wear these while zooming around town. Bags containing our official cluebooks are dispersed to everyone at once, and teams take off at 9:30am.

Clue questions will literally take everyone to the four corners of Cary. A good map, GPS, smart phone or laptop is helpful to make the best use of time. All teams return to Page-Walker by 1:30pm.


Strategy is Part of the Game

On average we have included 60 clues each year. Some clues are near each other, and most demand an efficient idea of where you are in Cary so that you move quickly from area to area.

Cary Scavenger Hunt clues are all worth different points. Places that are far away are worth more points. Clues that are close together have less point values, but are easier to collect.

10% Off in July

More than a dozen teams have already signed up for the September 21st event.

Last month, we gave 20% off for early birds. This month, we’re giving 10% off. In August and September, there will be no discounts.

Visit the Cary Scavenger Hunt registration page for more details.


Story by Lindsey Chester, associate publisher of CaryCitizen. Photo by Paula Bailey.

Cary, NC- The 4th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt is gearing up.  Here are a few sample questions to whet your appetite. See how many you can answer.

2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt: 3 Types of Clues

1. Team Photo

Team photos to prove you were there. That’s right, you can’t split up and try to conquer all of Cary by driving separate cars. Team photo clues require everyone in a team to be at the location and in the photo (except the photographer).

Here’s a Team Photo clue from our 2012 Cary Scavenger Hunt.

I’m a frog named Jeremiah, I’m outside mowing the lawn

I mow and mow but the grass is never done.

People are watching me 24 hours a day

Take a group photo with me and then be on your way.

Do you know where this is? Leave a comment if you have a clue.

2. Souvenir Item

Bring back an item from a location to prove that you visited a site. This is great way to interact with some of our local businesses who may hand you a coupon or special offer for a return visit at a later date.

Here’s a question from 2011 that required a Souvenir item:

Locally owned and locally grown

From trees and plants to walkways of stone

Fountains and pots and a decorative store

Landscape design and so much more

Garden Supply Company is the place to go

For your bag ask for the seeds that you can grow

3. Figure Out an Answer

Some clues are questions that require an answer that can only be found if you visit the site. That’s right, your smart phone may help you navigate, but there won’t be any answers found through SEARCH.

Here’s a clue from the 2010 hunt. This one stumped everyone – so we repeated it in 2011.

Where is the Liberty Tree?

Do you know? Leave a comment.

Adventure in Your Own Backyard

The Cary Scavenger Hunt is an adventure right here in your own backyard. You will go places you have never been before, and get re-acquainted with places that maybe you visited when your kids were young.

One thing is for sure, you will get connected to your team mates and where you live all in one memory-filled day. Ask anyone who has ever participated – they keep coming back for a chance to win!

Register now and save 20% through June 30! (Now only $39.00 per team!)

Visit the event website for all the info and registration page.

Sponsors – Almost Sold Out

If you would like to sponsor the event, we still have a few sponsor slots available for local businesses. Please contact Lindsey for more info.


Special thanks to our friend and long-time CaryCitizen partner, Leslie Huffman, who authored the clues for the Cary Scavenger Hunt for 3 years of fun. We can only hope to write clues with as much whimsy in 2013!

cary-scavenger-hunt-2013Story by Lindsey Chester.

Cary, NC – Announcing the 4th annual Cary Scavenger Hunt on September 21, 2013 at Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, NC!  It’s an event that builds team work, makes memories and expands your mind as teams race to find the most clues all over Cary during the course of an excitement-packed day. Register now and save 20%.

Hunt For Clues

Maybe you live in central Cary, but you don’t know the west side of town. Perhaps you visit lots of parks with your kids. Do you frequent restaurants and pubs in town? Play soccer?

The truth is that it’s hard to know ALL of Cary. That’s why we created the Cary Scavenger Hunt.

Our town is 54 square miles and has several world-class venues that many Cary-ites have never visited. Now’s your chance to get out of your comfort zone and have an adventure right here in your own back yard.

Be Prepared

You may want to do a little research before you go. By all means read CaryCitizen! We always create clues from coverage. Pay attention to our sponsors who play a very important part in the Hunt (hint, hint!).

The Venue

Each year we check out a new venue, making the location part of the discovery inherent in the event itself.

In the past, we have been at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Arts Center and Waverly Place.

This year, we move to the Page-Walker Arts and History Center to kick off and end the day of fun. One of the coolest old buildings in Downtown Cary, its history includes time as a railroad hotel for passengers traveling through Cary.

What to Expect

Sign-up a Family Team (related members with parents) or Adult team (all over 18).

The day starts with check in at Page-Walker between 9am and 9:30. Each team will be given an official clue book and a bag to collect items. Teams all leave at the same time and will plot their routes based on reading the clues and strategizing how to get as much done as possible within the allotted time.

All teams must return for official check in no later than 1:30pm. Not back in time, lose points.

A mini-festival awaits the teams at the finish. Expect food, kids activities and things to keep you busy while your books are tallied by our celebrity judges. Winners announced at 3:00pm.

About Clues

Clues will have different point values to help you prioritize where to go. Teams should think strategically try to figure out the best route before you drive all over town and waste time!

How Do You Win?

Teams in each category (family and adult) with the most points win. Other prizes, too. We even have a prize for lowest point total (you know who you are).

Just sign up, have fun, and don’t worry TOO much about points! We want everyone to have an exciting, memory-filled day. That’s winning.

Thank You Sponsors

CaryCitizen is thankful for all our wonderful sponsors, including Hosting Sponsor Town of Cary and Presenting Sponsor Atlantic Tire & Service.

Returning sponsors include Ashworth Drugs, Great Harvest Bread, Thai Spices and Sushi, Chick Fil A Waverly Place, Yes! Solar Solutions, Whole Foods, Garden Supply, The Cary Family Y, Bright Horizons, Tijuana Flats, Dorcas Ministries and Hendrick Fiat .

New partners this year include: Carolina Auto Spa, Glenaire Retirement Community, Casto Development (in Park West and Stone Creek), Cary Creative Center, the Matthews House, Parkway SleepHealth, Cary Family Eye Care, and the Triangle Aquatic Center.

Event Details

4th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 21, 2013
9 AM – 3 PM

Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC 27513

Cost: $49.99 per team

Sign Up Now – Save Money

Visit EventBrite to sign up for the Cary Scavenger Hunt.

Now through June 30, save $10 off registration. That’s a 20% savings. Register now for the Cary Scavenger Hunt.

For more information, visit

Cary, NC – Planning is underway for the 4th Annual Cary Scavenger Hunt.

We’ll have more announcements in the coming weeks, but enjoy our new logo, designed by Hal Goodtree of CaryCitizen.

Subscribe by Email to get the latest updates on the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt or contact Lindsey Chester for sponsorship opportunities.

Story by Leslie Huffman. Photos by Brooke Meyer.

Cary, NC – What a beautiful sunny day we had for the Cary Scavenger Hunt. 62 Teams – over 250 people – joined CaryCitizen at Waverly Place on Saturday for the best interactive event of the year. Here are the final scores for our Teams out of 2,804 points possible. Read more