Plainville YMCA gears up for St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt

Plainville YMCA gears up for St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt

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PLAINVILLE – Participants in Wheeler YMCA’s 10th annual O’ Mazing Race will be searching for more than a pot of gold next month as they compete in a St. Patrick’s Day themed scavenger hunt.

“It should be a little bit crazier than usual,” said Mary Perlini, business manager at the YMCA and event participant. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The two-hour O’ Mazing Race Scavenger Hunt will start Saturday, March 10, at the Plainville VFW at Northwest Drive at 5 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m teams will meet back at the VFW for awards and an after party.

Teams of three or four will be provided of a list of items to collect and/or tasks to complete in Plainville and surrounding towns. Participants can walk, run and drive to any location to find clues and accomplish the scavenger hunt.

Perlini said the best part is that the list is up to interpretation by each team. For instance, a task to take a picture in a tree was done several different ways last year with teams actually climbing in a tree and other using a tree-shaped playscape.

“You can’t take it too literally,” Perlini said.

Last year there were 20 teams with nearly 200 people at the after party.

Proceeds from the event go toward sending kids to summer camp. Perlini said one team of four members can send one kid to camp through the fundraiser. The average cost of a week at camp is $260. 

Plenty of sponsors join in the fun to make the event a success year after year. The Petit Family Foundation of Plainville has been a longtime supporter.

“A part of the mission of the Petit Family Foundation is to help with the education of young people, and part of that includes physical education. We are proud to partner with the Wheeler YMCA in Plainville and setting an example for young people,” said Dr. William Petit, Jr., president of the Foundation.

Local businesses in Plainville and Southington often participate by allowing teams to use their stores for challenges.

The list of places and tasks is not known to teams until the day of the scavenger hunt.

“It’s a mix of residents,” Perlini said. “We also get a lot of returning people.”

The after party is for people 21-years old and older. A separate kids party will be held at the YMCA from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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