Scavenger hunt planned

Published 10:04 pm Friday, July 15, 2016

Participants in next weekend’s Amazing Peanut Chase might feel like they’re swimming in peanuts by the end of the day.

The city-wide scavenger hunt event will pit teams against one another to solve puzzles, find clues across the city, post photos of their team on social media and, above all, have fun.

“It’s open to everyone,” said Ardith Ohka, young adult services library for the Suffolk Public Library.

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Ohka said she is relatively new to the city — she has been working at the library for less than a year — and she has wanted to organize a scavenger hunt for a long time. Researching local destinations and landmarks for clues helped her get to know the city, she said.

“We really want to get people out and exploring Suffolk, because it’s a great city,” she said. “It was a lot of fun finding sites.”

Individuals can compete in the scavenger hunt, but it will be more fun as a group, Ohka said. There is no pre-registration required; teams can just show up at the Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W. Washington St., at 11 a.m. on July 23 to pick up their clues.

There are 11 clues, and each one is a photo of an area around the city with clues on the back, Ohka said. Teams will have to put the pieces of photos together to solve the puzzle and then head to the location to take a photo and post it on social media.

She didn’t give many hints about the clues, but Ohka did say several of them involve peanuts. The Suffolk News-Herald might also make an appearance.

Teams do not have to hit all 11 locations, but each one is worth 50 points. Teams will get bonus points for funny or creative photos, Ohka said, and the highest score once all are tallied wins the competition.

An after-party begins at 1 p.m. at the North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. Teams will be able to partake in peanut-themed food and activities, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich bar with some fun and crazy toppings. Peanut butter candy and cookies and grape soda will also be available.

There will be a grand prize for the team with the most points, as well as prizes for other categories like funniest picture or most creative entry.

“We’re hoping for a large group of very excited people,” Ohka said. “I’m really excited about it.”

A Facebook group for the event says 28 people are going, and Ohka is hoping for even more.

“It might be a big thing,” she said.

And, she noted, people can hunt Pokemon while they’re at it.

The event is free, and there is no age limit as long as there is at least one licensed driver.