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By Connor Ashlock
From Nov. 27 through Christmas Day, the Downtown Country Christmas Festival, Inc. (DCCF) will be hosting a “Find the Elf Scavenger Hunt” all throughout the City of Jerseyville.
The DCCF crew was able to get ahold of Santa up at the North Pole, and he and the Missus and the elves thought it was a great idea, too.
Twenty elves agreed to spend a few weeks in Jerseyville, where each of them will be hiding out in businesses around town.
Michael Ward with the DCCF shares that he and his fellow volunteers are excited to collaborate with Mr. Claus and local business owners to make this possible.
“It was a way for us to provide an activity for families that they could do together while supporting local businesses who have supported the festival so much,” Ward said.
How the scavenger hunt works is once you find all 20 elves and have snapped a photo of each of them, you send all the photos through a private message to the DCCF Facebook page.
Ward stressed that all the photos must be sent through Facebook Messenger, as opposed to email and other forms of online messaging.
There is no registration process before participating. A photo submission of all twenty photos at the same time through Facebook Messenger is all that is required for the DCCF to know you are entered for the scavenger hunt.
A list of those 20 participating businesses will be available on the DCCF website by the day of the festival, so participants will know where the elves are hiding out.
Brandon and Jenna Taylor, owners of Imo’s Pizza in Jerseyville, have also partnered up with the DCCF by providing the prize for the winner of the scavenger hunt.
The winner of the scavenger hunt will receive a free pizza party for 10 people at Jerseyville’s Imo’s Pizza.
“We’ve worked with Jenna and Brandon Taylor to make this possible. We’re extremely grateful for their support of the festival and are excited to see young business owners in the community jump in and be involved in the festivities,” Ward said.
Ward shared that local support continues to grow for the festival, which draws in several thousand visitors from around the region to come see what Jerseyville has to offer.
“We have 139 sponsors this year, 20 more than in 2019,” Ward said.
You’ll find the scavenger hunt list on www.downtowncountrychristmas.com.
Ward expects the list to be posted on the website by Nov. 17.