**NOTE: we are publishing this event to allow ample time for travel arrangements. Once plans are confirmed, log a “Will Attend,” as well as the number in your party. Our planning team is working to finalize logistics, so please stay tuned to this page and/or Facebook for updates.
ABOUT / A Word from Trycacheus:
The first event I attended was in 2008. At the end of that event, they asked where we should do the next one. I said, "How about Gilby?" For some reason, they laughed. It took me 12 years but I finally proved them wrong and hosted the first Gilby Gone Wild in July 2020. With a "push" from some caching friends, I am told this is now an annual event. I was also told I will be putting out several new caches. I have a lot of work to do, but I am looking forward to seeing everyone this fall. We hope to see you on Saturday, September 16 for the fourth-annual Gilby Gone Gilby event.
BONUS WEEKEND EVENTS:
10 a.m. - The event officially begins! The Gilby Grind (located inside Community Center near GZ) will open at 7:00 a.m. to sell coffee and fresh baked carmel rolls, cinnamon rolls and scones.
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Explore Gilby! Head out to find one of over 100 caches in the surrounding area. Want to join another geocaching group for the day? Make friends at the park or post in the Gilby Facebook group to make arrangements.
The park is reserved for our group from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will be open to all who wish to share hints, visit, or play yard games. We will have a table for trackable tags, pathtags, and special Gilby items available for purchase. There will be raffle tickets available for purchase (cash please!) for an assortment of awesome items. All proceeds will go towards covering the cost of the event. If you have an item you’d like to donate, please reach out to Chad (Trycacheus) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Practical Geocaching and our friends at Geocaching HQ for sending some neat gifts for the event.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch (Optional) at Gilby Community Center
The community center will have bbq, chips, macaroni salad and dessert for $13.00. All proceeds benefit the Gilby Community Center and park!
3 p.m. - Door Prizes / Group Photo
Meet back at the park for door prizes, a raffle drawing, and a group photo!
4 p.m. - Event Ends
Please share your photos and memories with us on Facebook!
IMPORTANT DETAILS - PLEASE READ:
Amenities in Gilby
At the last official count, Gilby had a population of 237. There is a bar and hardware store that sells pop, candy, and pizzas. There is a credit card-only gas pump. We will have portable toilets at the park and indoor toilets inside the Community Center.
There are a variety of other great geocaching destinations within driving distance of Gilby:
- Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Fargo, North Dakota / Moorhead, Minnesota
- Fargo-Moorhead is home to 12+ Adventures
- Pembina and Walsh Counties, North Dakota
- Pembina Walsh Historic Trail (caches by Trycacheus)
- Beverages of your choosing
- Bug repellent/tick spray
- TOTTs (optional)
Travel + Lodging
If you are making travel arrangements, the closest airports to Gilby are GFK (Grand Forks, ND), FAR (Fargo, ND), BIS (Bismarck, ND), or MSP (Minneapolis, Minnesota). If you're looking to pick up another country or province, YWG (Winnipeg, MB) is a good Canadian option.
Camping is also available at Turtle River State Park (Arvilla, ND) and Red River State Park (East Grand Forks, MN).
This event is free and open to all. There is no purchase necessary to attend. However, if you'd like to help us cover costs, we'll be hosting a raffle and selling special Gilby items at the event (cash please). Prior to the event, we'd encourage you to check out the Gilby t-shirt and sweatshirt designed by our friend Joshua, the Geocaching Vlogger. All proceeds of "Left My Hearts in Gilby" will go towards future geocaches (and events!) in Gilby.
Feel free to connect with fellow geocachers to ask questions in our Facebook group, but we ask that you wait to log your "will-attend" until your travel plans are confirmed. Though not required, we’d love to know where you are coming from if you are traveling from out of town.