Get out and explore Southwest Portland, win prizes
What can you spy with your little eye? If you're good at solving clues, you could win prizes.
The Hillsdale Community Foundation invites residents and visitors to take part in a community photo scavenger hunt and trivia challenge. Using a smartphone or tablet, participants can access clues about spots in the Southwest Portland neighborhood, fill out answers and upload photos. The hunt can be done in a group or individually.
Activities will run from Saturday, June 19, to Friday, June 25.
Participants can play along on their own time and still partake in an activity without having the crowds associated with a large event.
"Since so many events have been cancelled over the last year, I wanted to plan something fun and 'virtual' for our Hillsdale community this summer," event organizer Jennifer Bonas said. Bonas noted this year's event was inspired by the pandemic. The Hillsdale Community Foundation had to re-think and cancel some of its annual events, like the book sale, and instead sought ways to get people out of their houses and re-acquainted with their community, Bonas noted.
Prizes donated by local merchants will be awarded for top scores earned, and everyone who submits an answer form will be entered into a raffle.
Contest officials ask participants to take photos of themselves at designated locations, offering an incentive for those who use social media during the activity. Participants who post their three best photos from the scavenger hunt and trivia challenge to Facebook will be entered into a separate contest. If using Facebook, tag @Hillsdale Community Foundation in photos and use the tag #HillsdaleHunt2021.
Raffle and contest winners will be chosen June 26 and notified by email the following week.
"My hope is that it brings together Hillsdale residents young and old, as well as those new to the neighborhood, in finding out more re: the history of Hillsdale, hidden gems and our local businesses," Bonas said. If this year's Hillsdale Hunt is a success, it could become an annual event.
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