West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h
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 Cache Ba$h!
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 waiver.
- 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 favorite!
Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual
West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h August 14-16, 2009
Regner Park, West Bend, Wisconsin
The Weekend Line-up:
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. (See GC1RB4Q)
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 morning registration.
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 time.
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 card.
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. Ages 2-7.
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. (See GC1VD2M)
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 GC1RWV6)
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 for.
*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 wish!
Prizes are as follows:
1st prize = $500
2nd prize = $250
3rd prize = $100 (2)
4th prize = $50
Plus geocoins, fun geocaching items and other great prizes.
West Bend is proud to be home of the Washington County Historical Courthouse & Jailhouse Museums as well as the Museum of Wisconsin Art. We have an extensive trail system which includes the beautiful Riverwalk with its multiple art sculptures. We also have part of the paved Eisenbahn Trail which starts from West Bend's southern border all the way north to Kewaskum (bring your bikes and strollers!) and into Fond du Lac County. Many of our caches are hidden along the scenic Ice Age Trail which winds its way through the city and outlying communities and parks. NOTE: Most of our parks and trails do NOT allow dogs.
Visit the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce website for lodging, dining, and other local information here.
Registration Deadline: August 6, 2009
If you miss the August 6 registration deadline, you can still attend the event, but you will not be eligible for the cash prizes and may not receive printed materials (booklets, maps, etc.).
Materials Available For Download:
2009 Cache Ba$h Map (PDF)
2009 Cache Ba$h GPX / Pocket Query File
2009 Cache Ba$h Program / Booklet (PDF)
LOG A "WILL ATTEND" ON THIS CACHE PAGE, INCLUDING HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING. THANK YOU!!
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