West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Mark your calendars for the
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 Sunday morning.
Besides the opportunity to socialize with a lot of other geocachers in a great geocaching-friendly city, we will again be giving away $1000 in cash prizes as well as geocoins, geocaching items, and other great prizes. We're also currently planning to hide over 50 new permanent caches of varying terrain and difficulty in the West Bend area for you to find!
Watch this listing throughout the year as plans are updated and finalized!
|| The Weekend Line-up:
FRIDAY: Regner Park
12:00 p.m Publication of 50+ Permanent Caches
This is the approximate expected release time of over 50 new permanent caches for those who would like to download coordinates from home or at the park. Teams may hunt the 50+ new permanent caches at this time. Each qualifying cache will include a stamp or codeword and teams can stamp the corresponding square on their Official Playing Card to receive raffle tickets for the General Prize Drawing.Please note that on-site registration at Regner Park in addition to your 'Will Attend' log is required to obtain a raffle ticket for the cash drawing, and is also required to pick up an official playing card if you wish to receive raffle tickets for finding caches.
12:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. REGISTRATION BEGINS at Regner Park. Cachers may sign in and receive their goody bags, official booklets and playing cards for the 50 new caches, and individual raffle ticket for Saturday's cash prize drawing. Each individual must be present to receive the cash prize raffle ticket. Bingo Cards, GeoGolf playing cards, and Creative Cache ballots will also be given at registration. Registration will continue on Saturday morning. The Wisconsin Geocaching Association will provide equipment to download the 50 new caches directly to your GPS receiver.
All Weekend: FREE SWIM PASS TO REGNER If the kids (or you) get tired of caching, take a refreshing dip in the pool. All weekend, Geocachers can enjoy the pool and spash pad free of charge, courtesy of West Bend Parks and Rec. Look for the ticket in your goody bag.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m MEET AND GREET with Family Friendly Activities
The Cache Ba$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.
SATURDAY: Regner Park
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 needed.
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 = $500
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 Park
"All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast" sponsored by the Wisconsin Geocaching Association (WGA). You could win a new Garmin Oregon or $50 gas cards playing the GPS Turkey Shoot, or win a prize playing the Pancake Toss. Start your caching day right! See event page GC2B3QH
Geocachers are also given free all-day swim passes to the pool at Regner Park.
Information about West Bend:
West Bend is proud to be home of the Washington County Historical Courthouse Museum, Jailhouse Museum, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. We have an extensive trail system which includes the beautiful Riverwalk with its multiple art sculptures. We also have part of the paved Eisenbahn Trail which starts from West Bend's southern border all the way north (bring your bikes and strollers!) into Fond du Lac County. Many of our caches are hidden along the scenic Ice Age Trail which winds its way through the city and outlying communities and parks.
Attention Dog Owners! Most of our parks and trails do NOT allow dogs. However, Rolfs Park is a special 20-acre fenced-in park for dogs, located in West Bend on the west side of 18th Avenue, a quarter mile north of Paradise Drive. Geocachers may take their dogs to the park and use it free during the weekend of August 13th – 15th. All they have to do is show their Cache Ba$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 the grounds.
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 drawing.
EARLY REGISTRATION REWARD:
The first 250 teams to register will receive an official event goody bag!
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, 2010
- 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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