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Christmas shopping, geocaching discussed at meeting

November 15, 2018

Geocaching fans will have another reason to come to the Norfolk area beginning next spring.

That’s when the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau will introduce a new geocaching tour.

That information was shared at the bureau’s advisory committee meeting Tuesday.

For those who aren’t familiar with geocaching, it’s like a treasure hunt where people are given clues to the location of a “cache” that they find using their global positioning system on their cell phone or some other device.

The Norfolk area tour will include 30 locations. Participants will earn a point for each location they find and extra points if they stay in a local hotel, eat in a local restaurant or shop in a local store, said Traci Jeffrey, visitors bureau director.

If they earn 35 points, they receive a prize, which is a coin designed specifically for the local geocaching tour, Jeffrey said.

Another event meant to encourage people to shop in Norfolk is planned for Saturday, Dec. 8.

Called “Dashing Through the Stores,” it includes a shuttle service that will take people to five stops around town. From there, they can shop at a variety of stores. Participants can collect stamps from the stores for a chance to win a grand prize.

In other business, members approved recommending Mary Colfack of Norfolk to replace Shawn Severson on the committee. The recommendation will be made to the Madison County commissioners, who oversee the board and will make the final decision.

Severson resigned recently because he moved to Omaha to accept a hotel management position there. Colfack is the general manger of the Holiday Inn Express.

In Norfolk Area Sports Council news, Norfolk is once again hosting the NSAA State Play Production Championships Dec. 5 through 7 at Johnny Carson Theatre, said Rachel Reiser, the council’s development director.

Work has also begun on the All-Star Football Classic, which will be held next summer, she said.

Jeffrey reminded people involved in area organizations to apply for visitors bureau and sports council grants. She said the deadline is rapidly approaching. Grant applications will be reviewed at the January meeting. For information, call the visitors bureau at 402-371-2932.

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