ROCKINGHAM – For Richmond County residents looking to scavenge up something fun to do locally. Richmond Young Professionals will be hosting its inaugural “Chamber Chase” event.
The county-wide scavenger hunt, hosted by RYP and Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, will challenge participants to seek out clues at local destinations on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
What can be described as a unique event, Chamber Chase will test a person’s knowledge of Richmond County history, local businesses and invoke one’s geographic prowess. Starting at Rockingham Middle School (415 Wall Street) at 8 a.m., teams of up to four people will race against each other to complete the course, and finish back at the school.
“This is an amazing race through Richmond County,” RYP member and event organizer Becky Pierce said. “Participants are able to learn about our county through fun competition.”
For the Chase, RYP has partnered with 15 local businesses to serve as clue locations. Each business will host either a task, question or challenge that teams will have to complete in order to achieve the points. In addition to the 15 businesses, there are also 10 locations around town where there will be “surprise” tasks to complete. These locations vary, but include: local monuments, memorials and landmarks.
Every location has points associated with it. Each team will have two and a half hours to complete as many tasks as possible, at the end of the time, the team with the most amount of earned points will win the chase.
Check-in and registration will begin at 8 a.m. At 8:45 a.m., event organizers will go over the rules and expectations, and will be able to answer questions that teams may have about the chase. The actual scavenger hunt will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 11:30 a.m. At the end of the hunting spree, teams will assemble back at Rockingham Middle to tally the scores. For the winning team(s), each participant will get a cash prize of $50.
With team spots still available, interested parties are encouraged to register. The cost of the event is $20 per team allowing for teams of one, two, three or four people. Any age group can enter this event,
“We really tried to design this event so that it is appealing to all ages,” Pierce said. “RYP wants to extend its reach to people outside of our organization’s age group. This event is a fantastic opportunity for families and couples to get involved with their community.”
Richmond County is a community determined to progress and develop. There is more going on in the area than most people see at first glance. RYP encourages local constituents to come out and chase down some local businesses that they may not have known about, and discover the hidden gems throughout the county.
Day-of registration is $30. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook.
RYP’s main purpose for this event is to advertise its community involvement, establish themselves in the community, and allow the organization to work with local businesses. The primary goal, however, is to give back to the community.
RYP works closely with Richmond County Chamber of Commerce on many events, and “Chamber Chase” is a great opportunity to show the working relationship between the RYP and many active businesses in the community.
“We want to work with local businesses to establish a good rapport and to provide the play element for RYP members,“ Pierce said. “This is a great way for members of the community to have some fun and is something that’s out of the box.”
The money raised from Chamber Chase will go to the organization as it attempts to host future events, such as a Habitat from Humanity build on October 14, 2017, and a highly popular trivia night at Hamlet Depot in November.