Harry Frost, one of the organizers of the Yarmouth County geocaching event to be held June 7. There will be prizes, including two GPS units.
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By Eric Bourque
A local geocaching event that was first held during the Yarmouth area’s 250th-anniversary year of 2011 has become an annual activity and this year’s edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, at the Rotary Centre in Hebron.
It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We normally get anywhere between 60 and 70, 75 (participants),” said Harry Frost, one of the event organizers.
Interviewed a little over a week before the event date, he said they were expecting people from different areas, including Halifax, Liverpool, Bridgewater and the Annapolis Valley.
Sponsored by the Yarmouth and Argyle recreation departments, the event is offered free of charge and there will be prizes, including a couple of handheld GPS units.
Participants also will be offered lunch.
“We try to encourage people, the last week, to let us know that they’re attending so that we can basically have meals and have the food preparation done for it,” Frost said.
Noting that there is a geocaching event scheduled for Barrington the day after the Argyle/Yarmouth one, he said some people may make a weekend of it, which is good for the economy if it means more visitors are coming to the area.
“They’re buying food, they’re buying gas, they’re staying at a hotel,” he said. “They’re geocaching in the area, so they’re spending money.”
Last year the Yarmouth event was held at the lighthouse.
Geocaching has become a big recreational activity, with over 6 million people worldwide registered as geocachers, Frost said.
“It’s very popular,” he said. “It is a drawing card. It does get people out. You have people with young children – I’m talking eight, nine, 10 years old – that will make a weekend of it or they’ll make a day of it, make an evening of it. It’s a family-oriented game.”
As part of this year’s local geocaching day, he says a flash mob is planned for 2 p.m. at the old clock across from Tim Hortons on Water Street.
“So we’ll have two events in one day,” he said.
Frost himself has done a good deal of geocaching, saying it’s an activity people can do when they’re on the road, maybe on vacation far from home.
“We’ve had a lot of fun with it over the years,” he said.