Emerald City Search starts fundraiser to continue city-wide scavenger hunt

It’s the biggest organized scavenger hunt in Seattle, and the organizers are asking for help to continue the annual treasure hunt. The Emerald City Search, about to launch into their 7th year, is starting a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the search for the medallion. The fundraiser goes live on Jan. 21, and they’re hoping to raise $35,000 in 35 days.

Click here to go to their Kickstarter page and to watch video

The clue-based treasure hunt takes place over a maximum of ten days, and leads players around the city to find a one-of-a-kind medallion, hidden in plain sight at a public location, according to One Reel, who organizes the hunt. The clues, released once a day, aren’t straight-forward, and involves some cultural institution connected that year’s theme. In 2007, they used “Japan Envisions the West,” and featured the Seattle Art Museum during its Japanese art exhibit of the same name. All the clues were written in Japanese poetry form. For a list of past year’s themes, click here.

One Reel also organizes Bumbershoot and the Family 4th at Lake Union. One Reel acquired the search in 2011, and now say they need to secure funding to cover hard costs associated with the event before the next search can happen. Last year, One Reel says at least 13,000 people participated in the search. The prize package is impressive; last year’s loot was worth almost $9,000, including prizes like hotel stays, memberships to local attractions like the Pacific Science Center and EMP, and VIP concert tickets.

The fundraising site goes live on Monday, Jan. 21. For more about Emerald City Search, click here.

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