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Midwest Geobash 2009

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Hidden : Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Announcing Midwest Geobash 2009! Ladies and Gentlesirs - mark your calendar for the rootinest, tootinest Geocaching event in the Midwest! Registration is free as always, onsite camping is available and better than ever. There are also several nearby hotels for the Gypsies to stay at. Volunteers, contact us at info@mwgb.org to learn about our room block. There are about 80 caches and growing within 10 miles of the event to enjoy while you participate in event activities. WHEN: July 23-26, 2009
WHERE: Fulton County Fairgrounds - Wauseon, Ohio
WHO: Everyone is invited, we hope to see most of the 1500 or so attendees from 2008 become "repeat offenders".
Often imitated, but never duplicated - MWGB has become a must-do event in the Geocaching world since its inception as a casual camping gather in 2005 at Harrison Lake State Park in Ohio. In 2009 we're taking the event back "home" with a return to Fulton County Ohio and a venue only miles from the original event location. In that spirit 2009's planning mantra is "Back to Basics". Our overall plan includes a return to a less structured, more casual event management approach while simultaneously improving our socialization activities and improving on previous activities, prizes, etc. If you liked past MWGB events, you will LOVE this one.

Event Schedule

[JFB] = Junior Fair Building, [ACB] = Arts & Crafts Building, [SA] = Spangler Arena, [A51] = Area 51 / Fire Rings, [HLSP] = Harrison Lake State Park

Misc Activities

  • 20 GPS Unit Giveaway - Thanks to the support of GpsDude.com , we are able to make this dream a reality. Come to bash, participate in the activities and be present to win one of the 20 units we're giving away. And these aren't just a bagful of yellows - included in the mix are 3 Nuvi dashboard units and 10 Garmin Legend Cx units! All in the box with a year warranty.
  • Treasure Hunt - On Saturday try your hand at skerrin' up some really cool swag in our on-venue treasure hunt. Every trip into the treasure field guarantees a great prize.
  • Campsite Decoration Contest - Love to camp? Want to win some cool stuff? Then deck out your campsite. Preference is given to thematic campsites (old west / chicken) but dress your site to impress. Last year's winners won free camping in 2009 and the top site won a GPS Unit!
  • Geocoin Poker Challenge - The GCP 2009 will make a stop at MWGB 2009. Sign up (watch the forums) for one of the 40 seats and try your hand at winning a share of the 120+ coin grand prize
  • Sessions - Saturday's schedule includes many informational sessions. Topics range from puzzle caching to what it's like to review caches as a volunteer on Geocaching.com

Thursday, July 23
  • 10:00am - Venue Opens! C'Mon In! Find your campsite and set up, then join us at 1:30pm at Harrison Lake State Park for the big party!
  • 1:30pm to 6:30pm - [HLSP]  Flamingo Retirement Beach Party at Harrison Lake State Park! Back where it all began! Come enjoy the beachfront, swimming, and prizes all day! At 3pm we'll fire up the grill and everyone can have some hot dogs on us.  If you are coming and care to bring a drink, bag of chips, or sun-friendly cold dish to pass (we probably won't have power) that would be great but not required!  Then we'll wrap up at 6:30pm and head back to the Fairgrounds for the first evening fires where our campfire crew will wow us with their hospitality.  Alcohol is not permitted at Harrison Lake State Park (their rule... not ours...)  :)
  • 7:00pm to 10:00pm - [A51] Family Campfires and Social
  • 10:00pm - [A51] Campfires transform to Area 51. Families still welcome but after 10pm adult beverages are welcome at Area 51 fires.

Friday, July 24
  • 8:00am - [JFB] Free Coffee and Donuts Social
  • 9:00am to 12:00noon - [ACB] Mystery Activity. Come have donuts and then at 9, we'll start the first of our activities for the day. As a group, we'll learn about our mission. You can then break up into groups of friends to go out and complete the mission. This activity will take place on the fairgrounds and will help acclimate you to the facilities. The activity goals will be designed to be completed in about 1-1.5 hours, giving you 1.5-2 hours of free time in this block to explore the grounds in more detail, do some nearby caching, grab lunch, etc. Be back to the rally point by 11:30 for the activity wrapup and awards. Remember - must be present to win!
  • 12:00noon to 3:00pm - [ACB] Poker Run. As a group we'll explain the rules and then you will have 3.5 hours to complete a 7-stop poker run. The run is designed to take you out into the local community to see the sights. The run can be completed in under 1.5 hours, allowing participants who come late to play and those who start early to easily fit in a couple hours of local caching on top of completing the poker run. Return to the rally point [SA] by 3:00pm to return your cards. No late submissions. Partial submissions accepted (i.e. 5 of 7 cards collected may still be the winner!)
  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm[SA] Afternoon social brought to you by one of our sponsors!  Watch the poker run results be compiled and participate in our sponsor/vendor meet and greet while you partake in a tasty snack (while supplies last).  At the conclusion of the social and Poker Run results compilation we will award the prizes for the poker run.
  • 4:00pm to 7:00pm[SA] Flea Market and Geocoin Poker Challenge take place. Stay on after the social and poker run awards to see all the finest wares in the caching world and catch the live poker action of the GPC Tour where one lucky winner will walk away with over 200 coins!
  • 4:00pm to 7:00pm[SA] Silent Auction Donation Drop Off Open
  • 4:00pm to 10:00pm[SA] Set up and trade coins, pathtags, whatever while the vendors are open and the poker challenge is running. Remember - no sales are permited outside of vendor booths.
  • 7:00pm to 10:00pm - [A51] Family Campfires and Social
  • 10:00pm - [A51] Campfires transform to Area 51. Families still welcome but after 10pm adult beverages are welcome at Area 51 fires.

Saturday, July 25
  • 8:00am - [JFB] Free Coffee and Donuts Social
  • 9:00am to 10:00am - [JFB] SESSION 1. Come for the donuts, stay for the session. A fellow cacher will be presenting on an interesting topic. Take this chance while we're all together to learn a little, ask some questions, and share some knowledge of your own with the rest of us!
  • 10:00am to 11:00am - [JFB] SESSION 2. A fellow cacher will be presenting on an interesting topic. Take this chance while we're all together to learn a little, ask some questions, and share some knowledge of your own with the rest of us!
  • 12:00pm to 2:00pm[SA] Silent auction is open for bidding! Come see what has been donated. Bid often, bid high - remember all proceeds go toward event expenses!
  • 11:00am to 3:00pm - [TBD] Treasure hunt!  Stop by the event store and pick up a ticket to go out in our treasure hunt field.  Every ticket is a winner!  Prizes include Geocoins and Pathtag sets.  Some lucky hunters will find an extra entry into a GPS unit drawing!
  • 11:00am to 3:00pm - Grounds-wide scavenger hunt!  Test your wild west law keepin' prowess by seeking out our "Most Wanted" and completing a scavenger hunt.  Correctly completing the hunt enters you into a drawing for a GPS unit!
  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm - [SA] "Closing Ceremonies" at Spangler Arena.  Come join us for awards, recognition, a group photo and a giant thank you for attending.  BUT FEAR NOT!  MWGB rolls on after the closing ceremonies.  Don't plan on leaving after the closing ceremonies!  The best is yet to come at the night fires!
  • 4:00pm to 7:00pm - [SA] Flea Market is open with vendors showcasing their wares. Come and do some shopping.  Silent Auction results will be compiled by around 4pm and you can pick up your bargains and pay at this time.  Coin and Pathtag trading in the area during this time too! Trading area will be open until the wee hours, vendors are encouraged to close up around 7 or 8 to enjoy the evening with all attendees.
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm - [SA] Silent Auction items pickup.  You can pick up and pay for your silent auction victories at this time.
  • 7:00pm to 10:00pm - [A51] Family Campfires and Social
  • 10:00pm - [A51] Campfires transform to Area 51 for the last time of the event. Families still welcome but after 10pm adult beverages are welcome at Area 51 fires. Come hang out and enjoy the late evening with friends from all over!

Sunday, July 26
  • Git! - We loved having you, but please pack up and be off the grounds by a "reasonable hour" :) Remember, our volunteers need to clean up and get home too. If you can help with the tear down, please assemble near the location of the event store / will call in the morning to volunteer with the tear down. ALL attendees can help by making sure you CITO the grounds all weekend long!

* As usual, all activities are tentative.  Check back frequently for updates to the schedule.

Event Updates

6/15/2009 - Event Update

TODAY IS THE SWAG CUTOFF
You have officially entered the last minute zone! At least as far as swag is concerned... Today is THE LAST DAY to get in on our excellent event swag. Believe me when I say you don't want to miss out on this ultra cool stuff, especially the trading pins. If you get nothing else, pick up trader pins - they are excellent fun and a great way to meet people at the event. A trader pack has 6 pins, all alike. The full set is 6 pins, all different. Your goal will be to scour the event looking for other pin traders who you can trade with to complete your set. It's a lot of fun, and if you stop to chat a bit with every person you trade with - it's an excellent way to meet folks. All proceeds from swag sales go to event expenses.

**COFFEE FREAKS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!**
So... the other day we do a schedule run-through and we all realize how daunting the Coffee and Donuts social may be each morning. Donuts are no problem... you pick 'em up and put them out. But Coffee... how do you make coffee for a crowd like this? We've explored lots of options, but if you have ideas and/or equipment (and probably most importantly equipment...) please email us at info@mwgb.org with your input.

BTW - Friday and Saturday starts off with a free coffee and donuts social at the Junior Fair Building at 8am! If you can help us avoid getting up at 4am to put the brew on... that would rock :)

**SCHEDULE ADDITIONS**
Thanks to The Pittsburgh Area Geocaching Association for running an ammo can activity for the kids on Friday! Supervised kids under 12 are welcome to participate in this FREE activity and help paint one of 15-20 ammo cans! The cans will then be donated, as decorated, to the silent auction and can be bid on to take home! Parents - stop by the vendor area and visit The Pittsburgh Area Geocaching Association at their table for more ammo cans, Groundspeak Merchandise, and more!

Keep checking the schedule. As much planning as goes into this, last minute additions and changes always happen. Stop by http://mwgb.org and check the schedule frequently leading up to the event!

GEOCOIN POKER CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Visit the General Discussion forums at http://mwgb.org to register for the Geocoin Poker Tour. You could win a 120 geocoin pot and a 200 coin custom poker chip set!

CAMPING RESERVATION CUTOFF & REGISTRATION CUTOFF
We're going to cut off camping reservations and registration about *July* 15, a month after the swag cutoff. If you miss either of these cutoffs, don't sweat - we have oodles of camping and "just" registration is optional. If you need camping still, just show up and sign into an empty site with an IOU. Pay your IOU at the event store. Camping is standard rate + $15 for at-the-door booking, so sign up today and save $15!

REGISTRATION PROGRESS
Registration is free, takes only a moment, and helps us with planning. 970 people have registered so far and 194 campsites have been reserved. Register today at http://mwgb.org to put us over the 1000 (or 1500) mark!

6/5/2009 - Event Update

Hi again everyone, this is a quick(er) note to send an important new notice and a short update. It's coming up fast and we want to ensure everyone is prepared to have a GREAT time!

**GEOCOIN POKER CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN**
Visit the forums at http://mwgb.org to register for the Geocoin Poker Tour. Check out the thread in General Discussion for details on the rules of play and buy in requiremnets. Sign up for your chance to win a 120 geocoin pot and a 200 coin custom poker chip set! Not to mention - have a great time! Not into poker? No problem - come to Spangler Arena from 4-7 and you can watch the Poker action, visit the vendors in the event flea market, and trade Geocoins and Pathtags! It's fun for all!

REGISTRATION - PLEASE REGISTER
Yeah - standard registration "nag" :) We really want to see everyone there. It's free, takes only a moment, and helps us with planning. 854 people have registered so far and 181 campsites have been reserved. Register today at http://mwgb.org to put us over the 900 (or 1000) mark!

DID YOU PURCHASE YOUR THINGS?
Cutoff for ordering swag for will call is June 15! That's just a little over a week away! Don't miss out. We make enough swag for what is ordered plus about 20% - which is not much extra. We expect to be sold out of non will-call stuff by Friday afternoon. Remember - event swag is cool and ALL PROCEEDS go to support event expenses.

SWAG CUTOFF IS JUNE 15, 2009
Just in case you missed it in the previous paragraph ;)

CAMPING CUTOFF
We're going to cut off camping reservations about *July* 15, a month after the swag cutoff. If you don't get in and still want to attend, don't worry - we have oodles of camping. Just show up and sign into an empty site with an IOU. Pay your IOU at the event store.

DON'T FORGET TO PAY FOR STUFF
Just selecting stuff isn't enough to reserve it for will call, you need to pay for it too! ;) Don't forget to do this!

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