Organizers have been busy with last-minute preparations for the Town of Porter's 200th birthday celebration, which opened Friday night and continues this weekend at Porter on the Lake Park.
Town Historian Sue Dietz, who has been coordinating the bicentennial celebration activities with the town, announced this week new details concerning the two contests that are now under way.
Dietz reports the geocache contest grand prize is a Garmin e-Trex 10 GPS. Teams will need a car and a programmable, hand-held GPS device in order to participate, she says, adding that no loaner GPS units are available. As to some tips, Dietz offers the following:
"Never, never remove the caches that you find. If you bring along small trinkets ('stash'), you may trade for items found in some of the caches. All caches contain a code name on a stick. Record the name but leave the name stick in the cache.
"Most caches contain colored chips," she adds. "You may take one of these to prove you were there. There are 10 caches in the contest. Long clothing, covered feet, and bug spray are necessary! The poison ivy and mosquitoes are definitely out there."
Dietz notes there is also a scavenger hunt for children aimed at the fourth-grade students who study New York state history with a Kindle Touch as a grand prize. Materials were handed out at Stevenson Elementary and Lewiston-Porter elementary schools on Wednesday, May 30, and are also available at the Town Hall.
In the event of a tie for either the geocache or scavenger hunt a name will be drawn. Materials must be returned in the park on Saturday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. for judging followed by announcement of the winner.
In other news:
•Dietz reports the following crafters/vendors will be participating at the town's celebration for the weekend: All That Glitters; Alpacas at Barley; Dave McKenna; Glasswarefive; LBS Creations; Mary Gross; Red Shed; Scentsy; Zahno Marine; Shirley's Country Crafts; Stained Glass Mosaics; The Caravan; The Mouse House; Woodykins Creations; and the Lewiston-Porter International Business Academy.
•Ice cream gift certificates donated by Ashker's will be the prizes for the Saturday afternoon children's games in the park.
•Marilyn Harbison will be on location at the park on Saturday, June 2, from noon to 7 p.m. to display strips of the Bicentennial Quilt. Sign a square for $1.
•The guided historic walk of Ransomville will start at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, beginning at the Ransomville Library.