Leduc County unveils geocaching event ’50 for 50′

County partners with local geocaching group to celebrate historic anniversary

June 3, 2013 – Leduc County has teamed up with a local geocaching group, the LeducCountyCachers, for ‘50 for 50,’ a geocache event where 50 treasures will be hidden across the region to mark Leduc County’s 50th anniversary.

“We are proud to celebrate our historic anniversary in this new and innovative way and we look forward to sharing our rich history with geocachers of all experience levels,” says Rick Thomas, general manager of community services and chair of the 50th anniversary organizing committee.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity which requires participants to hide and seek objects – referred to as “geocaches” or “caches” – using a Global Positioning System (GPS) and other navigational techniques.

To encourage individuals of all experience levels to channel their inner treasure seeker and participate in ‘50 for 50,’ the LeducCountyCachers are hosting a free Geocaching 101 seminar at the Nisku Recreation Centre on June 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. This session coincides with the official launch of ‘50 for 50,’ as the locations of all 50 caches will be unveiled on http://www.geocaching.com on this date.

Geocaching 101 is open to all individuals and registration is encouraged. Individuals can register by contacting Tracy Dienes at 780-979-2390.

“The LeducCountyCachers are excited to partner with Leduc County to celebrate 50 amazing years. As Leduc-region residents, we want our neighbours to recognize geocaching as a healthy activity all ages and demographics can participate in,” says Ed Pitts, or “OldEddy” as he is known in the geocaching community. “With ‘50 for 50’ on the horizon, we look forward to sharing our passion for the world of geocaching with all area residents.”

To participate in ‘50 for 50,’ individuals must download and print Leduc County’s Geocache Passport, available at http://www.leduc-county.com/50for50. Located in each cache is a keyword that must be recorded on the corresponding space in the passport. The first 50 participants to find all 50 geocaches and record all keywords in their passport will receive a special prize and will be entered to win the ‘50 for 50’ grand prize.

 

Leduc County is hosting its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Leduc West Antique Society on July 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. All Leduc County residents are invited to attend the celebration, where they can take a trip down memory lane and reflect on positive memories in Leduc County, while enjoying a free meal and local entertainment. A range of family-friendly activities will be offered to ensure the celebration is something all ages will enjoy.

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