Sign-ups due today for scavenger hunt

By Jim McCabe on April 21 at 1:55pm

Today is the deadline to participate in Jacksonville’s second annual Great Race Scavenger Hunt.

The event is Friday, May 2nd starting and ending at the Northridge Hills golf course, but the hunt potentially encompasses all of Jacksonville at the various businesses that are taking part. Chamber of Commerce executive director Ginny Fanning explains.

“Our business stops are Chamber members, so they have the opportunity to be one of the places where the teams will arrive. They are asked to have some sort of a task for them to complete, and then the team takes a picture of the completed task and then sends the picture back to Northridge,” she says.

“They take all the pictures and put them up on a TV and do a rolling stream of pictures of the different teams doing the different activities.

Fanning is hoping for more participation this year. She says the businesses last year had fun with the tasks they had scavenger hunters perform. You get a clue about the next business you need to visit.

Fanning adds it’s fun for the participants, too.

“We have a prize for the best team, so the teams kind of get in to that and will dress up according to, maybe, what business they represent or whatever they want to see themselves as scavenger hunt teams,” says Fanning.

“People have a nice time to kind of tell their stories, they have a lot of fun comparing notes of their experiences. [Hunters] can head to some businesses they had never been to before, get a little exposure for the businesses and kind of get a better feel of what Jacksonville’s all about,” she adds.

Teams can include up to four people. The registration price is $50; you must be 21 years old or older to participate. The winning top three teams receive “Chamber Checks.”

Registration is at Northridge Hills the day of the event at 5:30. The race begins at 6:00. Teams that want to take part in the hunt must sign up by next Monday, and businesses that want to sign up to be a “clue spot” must do so today. For more information, visit

Corrected at 5 p.m.