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GHAGAFAP VI - Once More For Kicks!

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GHAGAFAP VI - Once More for Kicks!
Golden Horseshoe Area Geocachers And Friends Annual Picnic

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  • Event Name:  
GHAGAFAP VI - Once More for Kicks!
Golden Horseshoe Area Geocachers And Friends Annual Picnic
  • Date:  
September 15, 2007
  • Place:  
Valens Conservation Area
Powell Pavilion
  • Who:  
Anybody!  If you want to attend, we'll be delighted to see you.  GHAGAFAP I, II, III IV and V drew folks from Ontario, Quebec, BC and from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and California. 
  • What:
Picnicing, Geocaching and Camping fun!
  • Cost:  
$5 per person 16 and over.
Registration fee will include Grand prize draw ticket, Prize table tickets, GHAGAFAP VI souvenir.

Special packages will also be available including Registration, Lunch, and T-Shirt !!!

Information Links
    Here are some quick navigation links to get you directly to each section...

Valens Conservation Area
Camping Info
Picnic and Geocaching Events
We've got T-Shirts!
Cache Hiders! Look Here!
Travel Bugs
Who's Coming to GHAGAFAP?

GHAGAFAP Central Requests

Last Minute Additions

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  • Registration starts at 9:00am.
    * PLEASE give the GHAGAFAP Central committee the necessary time to get everything set up!
  • Lunch is at Noon
  • The Blue Quasar team of BBQ experts will be setting up the grills, grilling burgers and dogs, and will have all the necessary hardware (plates and napkins) and software (ketchup, mustard, relish) to meet your needs!  Big thanks to BQ for taking on this challenge!
    * Lunch tickets will be available at the registration table, and throughout the morning! 
    * If you have any questions about lunch, please contact The Blue Quasar directly
  • Draws at 4:00pm
    * Registration draws...three major prizes
    * Ticket sale draw for a FABULOUS prize that EVERYONE will want!
    * Prize table draws using the idea of a "Penny Sale"
  • Official GHAGAFAP closing at 5:00pm
  • NON-Official GHAGAFAP events begin after 5:00pm in the camping area.  These events are unstructured and unscheduled and you are free to participate or not, depending on your mood!  The main theme of the night is HAVE FUN!



What's a GHAGAFAP Anyway?
    It's a picnic for Geocachers.  There'll be caches to hunt, travel bugs to trade, games to play, food, drinks, lots of Geocaching conversation, and prizes galore!

Bring your families, your friends, and your geo-dogs too.  And don't forget your GPS gear!

The event is open to anybody...seasoned geocacher or newbie!    We're hoping to draw folks from near and far!

GHAGAFAP has truly become a National and International event.  We had folks from across Canada, as well as visitors from many US states, and a traveller or two from Germany!
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Valens Conservation Area
Valens Conservation Area:
Vehicle and driver: $ 8.00
Each additional passenger: $ 3.00
Maximum per vehicle: $17.00
Walk/Bike in per person: $ 3.00
Group Camping $7.25/person/night
Youth Group: $4.25/person/night
Non-serviced $26.00 /night
Electrical and Water $30.00 /night
We have reserved "Aspen Cove" group camp (open area with 2 fire pits, no power) and "Pine Grove" which is a walk-in (tents) only group camp next door. Both are close to the showers.
If you want to see the tour of Valens then click here
We will be using the "Powell Pavilion" for our event.
Dogs are allowed.  Leashes please.
Valens has over 10km of trails and a 300m wetland boardwalk, plus two observation towers.  Plenty of cache hiding locations!
Alcohol is not permitted.
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Camping! Camping! Camping! Camping! Camping! Camping!
     GHAGAFAP III had a handful of campers, and they had a great time!
GHAGAFAP IV had somewhere around 50 campers.  What a blast!
GHAGAFAP V had over a hundred!  Awesome!!!
This year, we want everybody to camp!   You won't regret it!   Even if you are an "unseasoned" camper.

The group camping can hold approximately 75 tents although after looking at it, we WILL be VERY cosy! We will try to accommodate everyone but it will be first come first served and we ask that you try to fit in as neatly as possible. NO CARS will be permitted to remain in the group camping area.  Once you have unloaded, you'll be asked to move your vehicle to the overflow parking near the site.  If you arrive and there isn't room to drive in, you'll have to hoof it!  Don't's not far. 

NO trailers will be permitted in the group camping area.  If you are bringing a trailer you'll need to book a site. There are no reservations taken at this time of year but there should not be any problems getting a site near the group camp. They are aware of the size of our group and are willing to help out.

To clear up confusion from prior years - GHAGAFAP is from 9am to 5pm on Saturday. Any activities outside those times are taken on by individuals who volunteer to show movies, run night caches, feed us etc. The only meal outside of Saturday noon right now is the Annual Button Breakfast which will take place on Sunday morning in Aspen Cove Group Camp. We've had others volunteer a group dinner for Saturday in the past but no one has stepped forward so far this year. We will have a big drum BBQ delivered to the campsite for anyone to use if they wish.

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Loads of After Hours FUN!
Rumour has it that another awesome Night Cache is in the works!


As we did last year, we have asked our own Algonquin Bound to provide some campfire entertainment...he has once again graciously accepted!  AB's audience was enraptured last year, and I'm sure it will be the same again this tim!


And again, like last year, Logger will be doing his best to provide some night-time film fare for the kids!  Two thumbs up!


And what would GHAGAFAP Camping be without the astounding Laser and Lights Show!  Can't wait to see what will light up the night sky this year!


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The inaugural GHAGAFAP was a great success!  We had a great turnout and a super time in October 2002.  For those of you that missed the event (or those who just want to reminisce,) take a look at the GHAGAFAP I cache page.
The GHAGAFAP II - The Sequel was a fabulous!  About 100 geocachers braved the brisk and damp morning weather and gathered for a day of fun in September 2003.  The GHAGAFAP II cache page can be seen here.
The GHAGAFAP III - Third Time Lucky was a blast!  Over 180 geocachers joined us in September 2004 for a great day of fun, prizes, food, and caching.  The GHAGAFAP III cache page can be seen here.
The GHAGAFAP IV - May The Fours Be With You was a huge hit!  Almost 200 geocachers joined us in September 2005 for a fabulous day.  The camping that followed was terrific too!  The GHAGAFAP IV cache page can be seen here.
The GHAGAFAP V - the re"5"al was the best GHAGAFAP yet!  Over 200 geocachers joined us in September 2006 for another awesome day.  The camping on Friday and Saturday night had to be experienced to be believe....movies under the stars, live entertainment, an awesome laser show... WOW!  The GHAGAFAP V cache page can be seen here.
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Fun Stuff

A link to local area caches
GHAGAFAP Central will be running a bunch of traditional picnic-style games... three-legged races, sack races, wheel-barrow races, shoe kicking contest...we'll do our best to make sure everybody has a great time!
An AWESOME new game invented and setup by Logger and Button.  I've never seen this at a geocaching event looks like a TON of fun!!
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GHAGAFAP T-Shirts    
GHAGAFAP Central will selling a limited number of event t-Shirts this year. 
Last year we ordered too many shirts and had leftovers. --- This year.. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
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Interested in Hiding a Cache?
Thanks to everyone who contacted GHAGAFAP Central with detail on their intentions to hide a cache this year! 

If you haven't already done so, please have your coordinates sent to GHAGAFAP Central BEFORE Wednesday September 12, 5:00pm.  If you can't get your cache information to us by this time, please bring a stack of cache info printouts to hand out at the registration table, or, create a large poster with all the necessary details that you can hang up in the pavilion!

Thanks for your cooperation!


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Edible Stuff
Be prepared for a BBQ at Saturday noon!

Burgers, Hotdog and Drinks will be available for a reasonable charge at the pavilion.

Get 'em while they're Hot!
Folks have been asking about the traditional "shared dishes" at lunchtime.  This year, we'll keep this to desserts only.  So, if you want to bring a dessert to share, please do so.
You are, of course, completely free to BYO Lunch for you and your family....heck...we'll even share the grill (once we're done!)
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Prize Stuff
GHAGAFAP has always had a super prize table and it's looking great again for this year!  We'll be changing the way the prize draws are done this year to try and expedite the process.

Prizes this year will be in the form of Door Prizes, Prize Table, and a special GrandPrize....probably some cache game prizes too!



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Travel Bugs and Other Trackables

Rideau Rangers will be handling all things trackable this year!  Thanks!

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  GHAGAFAP Central is:
TrimblesTrek   Amazon Annie   Buttons and Beaux
  capjap   The Blue Quasar  
Logger & Trail   Swifteroo   Rideau Rangers
  Isquba & Nawty      
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Friends of the FAP !
  GHAGAFAP Central would like to thank the following for their various contributions to the FAP!:
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Who's coming?

You can see a list here!

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GHAGAFAP Central Requests
Requests: We're still looking for prize donations for the kids prize table.  PLEASE contact GHAGAFAP Central if you have any donations!
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