Auburn residents will be able to have some fun deciphering the visual clues for the city's third annual Itty Bitty Scavenger Hunt in August while also learning more about the history of Auburn.
Sarah Cook, aquatics and special events coordinator for the city, and her colleagues came up with a list of some historic sites around the city, drove around town and took pictures of them. The up-close images act as clues for the 25 sites and can be found on Page A3.
"A lot of them have to do with places that started close to the university, and they have moved to different locations or about people who have created a lot of history about Auburn," said Cook, who added that the city wanted to tie the scavenger hunt to the Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebration. "It’s a big way for families and kids to learn about the history of Auburn. A lot of kids don’t know that Alabama is turning 200 this year, so this is a way to educate people not only about the history of Auburn but the history of the state of Alabama, too. It’s a good way for families to go spend a Saturday around Auburn."
Worksheets are available for residents to pick up starting today at any Parks and Recreation facility. Worksheets and hints for the sites can also be found online at auburnalabama.org/itty-bitty, on the city's Facebook event page and on the city's Instagram page.
The city will also announce four bonus sites on the Facebook event page every Friday in August.
"We have a worksheet they can take and write down all the sites. It’s a neat way for people to discover more about Auburn," said Cook.
Those who correctly identify all 25 sites on the worksheet will be entered into a drawing for goodie baskets. Those who also answer the additional four bonus sites correctly will be eligible for Grand Prize entries.
Completed worksheets must be turned in at the Harris Center by 5 p.m. on Aug. 30. The Harris Center is located at 425 Perry St.
"We’re really excited," said Cook. "We’ve spent a lot of time picking out the sites, some you wouldn’t think of — they’re not very common places but they do have a lot of history, so it’s going to be a really neat way for people to learn about Auburn."