West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h Mega-Event Cache
Saturday, 15 August 2009
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West Bend, Wisconsin, the "Geocaching Capital of the Midwest"™, is
celebrating geocaching by offering a weekend full of geocaching
activities! West Bend boasts over 450 caches within a 7-mile
radius. Want a fun family weekend in a great little city? How about
finding 50 new PERMANENT caches (yes, we are going for 50 again!)
and a chance to win cash? Would you like to have fun socializing
and meet new friends? Then be sure to attend our second annual
This is WISCONSIN'S FIRST MEGA
EVENT! If you came last year, you know what a great time
we had, so come join us again and spread the word!
Registration Deadline: August 6, 2009
**NEW FOR THIS YEAR!**
- CACHE AND PARKING COORDINATES WILL BE RELEASED FRIDAY
NIGHT! Downloads can be done at home or on site. You will
still need to register Saturday morning and get your stamp booklet
at Regner Park prior to finding the caches IF you want to qualify
for the prizes. You can save some time by filling out the
registration form and accident waiver online
Click here for
- WIDER CACHE DISTRIBUTION: Caches will be spread
throughout the Washington County area and you may have to drive a
bit between caches. We are releasing the coordinates early so
people can map their strategies for trying to get all 50.
- WATER CACHES: If you have a kayak or canoe -
bring it! There will be a couple bonus caches accessible
only by water and also one cache that you have to swim and dive
for! Come prepared. These water caches also qualify to get tickets
towards the prize drawings.
- NIGHT CACHES: A couple night caches will be
released for your enjoyment on Friday night.
- CREATIVE CACHE CONTEST: Bring your most creative
cache container and teams will vote for their
calendars for the 2nd Annual
West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h August 14-16, 2009
Regner Park, West Bend, Wisconsin
6 p.m. - 11 p.m. FAMILY FRIENDLY MEET AND
GREET at the Old Courthouse, a "Walk Down Main Street"
multi-cache, free admittance to local museums, and night caching.
6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. REGISTRATION AND MORNING
REFRESHMENTS at Regner Park where geocachers can
download (if needed) the 50 new cache coordinates, register for the
contest, and pick up the official playing cards. Thank you to the
WGA and volunteers for allowing us to use their downloading
equipment, people and supplies! Coffee, donuts and other items will
be available to purchase. They will also be available in the
afternoon as cachers come back for snacks and sodas. Garbage bags
will be available for cachers to CITO throughout the day.
6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. GEOGOLF Prior
to 10, pick any location in Regner and mark it on your GPS as a
waypoint. Turn in your coordinates and team name at the
registration counter. The closest waypoint to the pre-chosen
coordinates will win a prize.
6:30 a.m. - ? WISCONSIN GEOCACHING ASSOCIATION
BOOTH The WGA will have a booth to introduce you to this
great organization for Wisconsin geocachers. They will be printing
WGA name tags and may have WGA merchandise. There will be someone
on hand to answer beginner questions and provide technical
assistance if needed.
6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MOST CREATIVE CACHE
CONTEST ENTRY Any age. Design a unique cache container
to be voted on by your peers. No names on the container. Submit
your entry by 10 a.m. at the marked tent. You may submit multiple
containers to try to win the most creative contest, but only 1
raffle ticket will be given per team with an entry. Voting will
take place between 4 pm to 5 pm, and a prize will be awarded for
the container voted as best. Be sure to vote for your favorite!
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. BEGINNING GEOCACHING
CLASS hosted by the Wisconsin Geocaching Association. If
you are new to the sport of geocaching and want more information
and tips, plan to attend this class at Regner Park. After some
"classroom" instruction, participants will get a chance to use a
GPS unit to find caches hidden in the park (some loaner GPS units
will be available).
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CREATIVE CACHE
VOTING Stop by the cache table to vote for your favorite
creative cache container. One ballot per team will be given at
4:30 p.m. PRIZE DRAWING ENTRY DEADLINE
ONE MEMBER FROM EACH TEAM MUST BE IN LINE AT
THE REGISTRATION STAND BY 4:30 with the official playing card in
order to qualify for the prize drawing. Cards can be
turned in as early as 2:30 (good luck - we are gonna make you work
for it this year!!). Raffle tickets will be given out at this
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. SOCIALIZING
with other cachers until the 6 p.m. drawing. Bring your pathtags,
geocoins and travel bugs to swap. Drinks and snacks will be
available for purchase. There are a limited number of picnic
tables, so you may want to bring lawn chairs.
4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. GEOCACHER
BINGO Who will get bingo first? How well do you know
your fellow cachers? A great way to meet new people and find out a
little about the people around you. Pick up bingo cards at the
registration desk. One extra ticket for each filled bingo
4:30 p.m. - ? SECRET TREASURE BOX
ACTIVITY (a favorite last year)!! Do you have the
"secret" key? This year there will be two set of prizes: one for
kids 8-12 and another for adults.
5 p.m. - ? LITTLE CACHERS PENNIES AND PRIZES
TREASURE HUNT in the WEST Playground by the bathhouse.
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. PRIZE DRAWING will
be held at Regner at the main pavilion where you registered. You
must be present to win.
7:00pm.-??? POST-BA$H PARTY EVENT
Relax and talk about the day at Pillars Sports Bar.
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. PJ PANCAKE
BREAKFAST hosted by the Wisconsin Geocaching
Association. Before starting your cache hunts on Sunday, come fill
up at an all you can eat pancake breakfast with breakfast sausage
and beverages. Fun activities and prizes are awaiting! Please visit
separate event page to register. (See
All Day FREE SWIM PASSES for Regner
Park will be given to geocachers on Sunday morning.
Prize drawing details are as follows:
*Teams will receive a raffle ticket for each new cache found — the
more new caches found, the more opportunities to win. One team
equals one geocaching.com user account. If there is one cacher or 2
or more in a family it is considered one account/team.
*Must be present at the drawing to win.
*The first 250 teams to register before August 6th receive
an official event bag with goodies that includes information on the
community and maps and also a special collectable item!
***As of June 7, all goodie bags have been spoken
*Participation in the caching activity is not a required part of
the event, you can simply come and enjoy the park and all it has to
offer, socialize and take a break from caching too if you
Prizes are as follows:
1st prize = $500
2nd prize = $250
3rd prize = $100 (2)
4th prize = $50
Plus geocoins, fun geocaching items and other great prizes.
West Bend is proud to be home of the Washington County Historical
Courthouse & Jailhouse Museums as well as the Museum of
Wisconsin Art. We have an extensive trail system which includes the
beautiful Riverwalk with its multiple art sculptures. We also have
part of the paved Eisenbahn Trail which starts from West Bend's
southern border all the way north to Kewaskum (bring your bikes and
strollers!) and into Fond du Lac County. Many of our caches are
hidden along the scenic Ice Age Trail which winds its way through
the city and outlying communities and parks. NOTE: Most of our
parks and trails do NOT allow dogs.
Visit the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce website for lodging,
dining, and other local information
Registration Deadline: August
If you miss the August 6 registration deadline, you can still
attend the event, but you will not be eligible for the cash prizes
and may not receive printed materials (booklets, maps,
Materials Available For
2009 Cache Ba$h Map (PDF)
2009 Cache Ba$h GPX / Pocket Query File
2009 Cache Ba$h Program / Booklet (PDF)
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