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Geocaching adventure comes to Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The marquee on the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center reads, “Welcome Geocachers.”

Don’t worry, that’s not another new band you don’t know about — that’s just a sign letting people know this weekend is chock full of geocaching adventure.

People can try the high-tech treasure hunt called geocaching on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, as Huntington hosts the first Cabell County Geotrail with cachers coming in from around the country.

There’s a Friday night kickoff party at the Pullman Plaza Hotel, and then participants start the 15-site hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Station, home to the trail sponsor, the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The events are free and open to the public although participants do need the Smart Phone app or a GPS to go on this scavenger hunt. People will go to 15 caches hidden at sites all over the county by following GPS coordinates to the sites.

People who get all 15 caches will receive a special commemorative Geocoin that will feature the Marshall Memorial fountain on one side and the Heritage Station train on the other side.

Everyone who participates will get a free chance to win more than 70 door prizes donated by local businesses.

Jake Sharp, sales manager for the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said organizers are excited about the weekend, which could draw several hundred people if the weather is good.

“We’ve got people coming from Delaware to Illinois and from New York to North Carolina and all points in between,” Sharp said…

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