West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2010 Mega-Event Cache
Saturday, 14 August 2010
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Mark your calendars
3rd Annual West Bend $1,000
Friday, August 13 &
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Regner Park, West Bend, WI
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West Bend, Wisconsin, the "Geocaching Capital of the
Midwest"™, boasts over 450 caches within a 7-mile radius of
the city, and we're celebrating geocaching by offering a weekend
full of geocaching activities!
The West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h is an annual free family-oriented
get-together for geocachers hosted by the West Bend Area Chamber of
Commerce, assisted by local geocachers. We became a Mega event last
year with over 1100 attendees! The Cache Ba$h weekend is chock full
of fun things to do starting Friday afternoon and lasting through
Besides the opportunity to socialize with a lot of other geocachers
in a great geocaching-friendly city, we will again be giving away
$1000 in cash prizes as well as
geocoins, geocaching items, and other great prizes. We're also
currently planning to hide over 50 new permanent
caches of varying terrain and difficulty in the West
Bend area for you to find!
Watch this listing throughout the year
as plans are updated and finalized!
|| The Weekend
12:00 p.m Publication of 50+ Permanent
This is the approximate expected release time of over 50 new
permanent caches for those who would like to download coordinates
from home or at the park. Teams may hunt the 50+ new permanent
caches at this time. Each qualifying cache will include a stamp or
codeword and teams can stamp the corresponding square on their
Official Playing Card to receive raffle tickets for the General
Prize Drawing.Please note that on-site registration at Regner
Park in addition to your 'Will Attend' log is required to
obtain a raffle ticket for the cash drawing, and is also required
to pick up an official playing card if you wish to receive raffle
tickets for finding caches.
12:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. REGISTRATION BEGINS at Regner Park. Cachers
may sign in and receive their goody bags, official booklets and
playing cards for the 50 new caches, and individual raffle ticket
for Saturday's cash prize drawing. Each individual must be present
to receive the cash prize raffle ticket. Bingo Cards, GeoGolf
playing cards, and Creative Cache ballots will also be given at
registration. Registration will continue on Saturday morning. The
Wisconsin Geocaching Association will provide equipment to download
the 50 new caches directly to your GPS receiver.
All Weekend: FREE SWIM PASS TO
REGNER If the kids (or you) get tired of caching, take a
refreshing dip in the pool. All weekend, Geocachers can enjoy the
pool and spash pad free of charge, courtesy of West Bend
Parks and Rec. Look for the ticket in your goody bag.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m MEET AND
GREET with Family Friendly Activities
The Cache Ba$h committee is organizing some family-friendly
activities for Friday evening at Regner Park and around West Bend,
including a Geo-Chutes and Ladders activity leading to a cache
filled with candy, superstitious-themed caches, and night caching.
Mingle with your fellow cachers from around the country (and
world), swap trackables, or just enjoy Regner Park, celebrating its
75th Anniversary this year.
7 a.m. - 10 a.m. REGISTRATION & DOWNLOADS CONTINUE at
Regner Park. Last chance to download the 50 new cache coordinates,
register for the contest, get a cash drawing raffle ticket, 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.
7 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MOST CREATIVE CACHE
CONTEST ENTRY Any age. Design and sumbit a unique cache
container brought from home 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 5:30 pm, and a prize
will be awarded for the container voted as best. Be sure to vote
for your favorite!
7 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. REGNER PARK 75TH
ANNIVERSARY GEO-QUIZ Any age. Kid-recommended! Correctly
answer questions about Regner at various locations around the park
to obtain coordinates that lead to a prize. You could win a gift
card, geocache, toy, or candy. Everyone wins.
7 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. GEOGOLF ENTRY
TURN-IN Pick any location in Regner Park and mark it on
your GPS as a waypoint. A GeoGolf entry form will be given to each
team at registration. Turn in your coordinates and team name on the
entry form at the marked table by 10am. The closest waypoint to the
pre-chosen coordinates will win a prize!
7 a.m. - 10 a.m WISCONSIN GEOCACHING
ASSOCIATION BOOTH The WGA will have a booth to introduce
you to this great organization for Wisconsin geocachers. They will
have WGA merchandise, and there will be someone on hand to answer
beginner questions and provide technical assistance if
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).
10 a.m. REGISTRATION
DEADLINE Teams must register at Regner Park
before this time in order to receive goody bags, printed materials,
and be eligible for the prize drawings. Goody bags of teams who
have not registered by 10am may be redistributed to other teams on
a first come, first served basis.
All day: FREE SWIM PASS TO REGNER
If the kids (or you) get tired of caching, take a refreshing dip in
the pool. All weekend, Geocachers can enjoy the pool and spash pad
free of charge, courtesy of West Bend Parks and Rec. Look
for your pass in the goody bag.
All day: GEOCACHING VENDORS AND EVENT
MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE A few geocaching vendors will be
in attendance this year. Shop and take home souvenirs of your
memorable time in West Bend.
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 pm PLAYING
CARD TURN-IN. You may turn in your stamped
playing cards for raffle tickets at this time. 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 General Prize
Drawing. Raffle tickets for qualifying caches will be given out at
this time based on the following scale:
1-10 caches: 1 raffle ticket
11-20 caches: 2 raffle tickets
21-30 caches: 3 raffle tickets
31-40 caches: 4 raffle tickets
41-50 caches: 5 raffle tickets
51-60 caches: 6 raffle tickets
61-70 caches: 7 raffle tickets
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 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.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 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
registration in your goody bag.
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. LITTLE CACHERS PENNIES
AND PRIZES TREASURE HUNT in the WEST Playground by the
bathhouse. Ages 5 and under.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. SECRET TREASURE BOX
ACTIVITY For Kids 6-12 Do you have the "secret" key? You
might receive treasure!
5:30 p.m. GEOCACHER BINGO TURN-IN
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 the
general prize drawing for a completed bingo card.
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. PRIZE
DRAWINGS will be held at Regner at the main
pavilion where you registered. You must be present to win. There
will be two separate prize drawings this year. Each
person in attendance as part of a registered team
will receive one ticket at registration to be eligible for
the $1000 cash drawings. All other tickets rewarded to cachers for
various activities and contests will be put in the general prize
drawing for a chance to win geocoins, gift certificates, fun
geocaching items, and other great prizes.
1st prize =
2nd prize = $250
3rd prize = $100
4th prize = $100
5th prize = $50
SATURDAY EVENING: POST-BA$H
PARTY, 7 pm - ?, Pillars Sports Bar
This fun social evening will once again be held at Pillars Sports
Bar. Food and drinks will be available as you talk about your
caching adventures and catch up with other cachers. Pillars is a
smoke-free establishment, and children are allowed with their
parents from 7-9pm. See event page GC28FT5
SUNDAY MORNING: WGA BIG BA$H
BREAKFAST 7:30am to 10am, Regner
"All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast" sponsored by the Wisconsin
Geocaching Association (WGA). You could win a new Garmin
Oregon or $50 gas cards playing the GPS Turkey Shoot, or win a
prize playing the Pancake Toss. Start your caching day right!
See event page GC2B3QH
Geocachers are also given free all-day swim passes to the pool at
Information about West Bend:
West Bend is proud to be home of the Washington County Historical
Courthouse Museum, Jailhouse Museum, and the Museum of Wisconsin
Art. We have an extensive trail system which includes the beautiful
Riverwalk with its multiple art sculptures. We also have part of
the paved Eisenbahn Trail which starts from West Bend's southern
border all the way north (bring your bikes and strollers!) into
Fond du Lac County. Many of our caches are hidden along the scenic
Ice Age Trail which winds its way through the city and outlying
communities and parks.
Attention Dog Owners! Most of our parks and trails do NOT
allow dogs. However, Rolfs Park is a special 20-acre fenced-in park
for dogs, located in West Bend on the west side of 18th Avenue, a
quarter mile north of Paradise Drive. Geocachers may take their
dogs to the park and use it free during the weekend of August 13th
– 15th. All they have to do is show their Cache Ba$h event
backpack or their GPS unit. As an added bonus, while enjoying the
park they can also search for several caches hidden somewhere on
Visit the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce website to view local
hotel options here. For camping options, click here. Make your reservations early!
2010 Cache Ba$h: Is
YOUR state represented??
Also registered: Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, England, Denmark,
Germany, and South Africa!
TO REGISTER: Each
team must log a separate "WILL
ATTEND" on this cache page. Please post the number of
people attending in your team (# adults, #
kids). In addition, each team must
sign in at Regner Park and sign the event log book by
10am Saturday to receive their ticket for the cash
The first 250 teams to register will receive an official event
NOTE: Bags that are not picked up by the 10am Sign-In
Deadline will be redistributed to other teams on a first come,
first served basis.
Registration Deadline: July 31,
- If you do not log your "will attend" by the registration
deadline, you may still attend the event, but you will not be
eligible for the cash prizes and may not receive printed materials
(booklets, maps, business discounts, etc). You can simply come and
enjoy the park and all it has to offer, socialize, or take a break
from caching if you wish.
Disclaimer: Event attendees assume all
risks in seeking geocaches. The West Bend Chamber of Commerce, West
Bend Parks and Recreation Department, nor any of its members or
volunteers, may not be held liable for any direct, indirect,
punitive or consequential damages connected with this event.
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