A scavenger hunt and curated insiders’ guide that will have you exploring Vermont’s outdoor environment, history, and its cheeses!

JULY 1 TO OCTOBER 22 2021 #vtcheesehunt

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A scavenger hunt and curated insiders’ guide that will have you exploring Vermont’s outdoor environment, history, and its cheeses!

JULY 1 TO OCTOBER 22 2021

#vtcheesehunt

Download Clue Packets
Upload Your Answers
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canoeing and hiking images courtesy New England Inns & Resorts

HOW THE HUNT WORKS

HOW THE HUNT WORKS

We have divided Vermont into six regions and created a Hunt Clue Packet (i.e. things to do and find) for each region. Each Hunt Clue Packet has its own instructions on what you need to do to complete it – though we will summarize that here too:  To complete a clue packet you MUST complete Clue #1 and then four of the other nine available tasks/puzzles.  Once you complete a clue packet per its instructions, you’ll need to submit your “answers” to our upload site to complete The Hunt by October 22 to be entered into our random prize drawing.  Anyone who uploads a completed set of answers will be qualified for our prizes:  Boxes of mixed Vermont cheeses shipped right to your door.  Last year we shipped over 20 of these to winners! (limit 1 prize per person)

What are the clues and experiences like?  They vary.  One might have you exploring a local walking trail or cycling through a valley; another might have you picnicking in an apple orchard; another may have your visiting landmarks in the area.  You can check out  ABC News 10’s 2020 coverage of the event here to learn more – and note that there are 3 videos of “how it works” are on this page.

For folks who just want to use The Hunt to guide your travels/adventures around the state: Yes, yes, yes! Do it!  We were told by many folks in 2020 that they used The Hunt’s clue packets as a “travel guide” of sorts – to help them find things to do and places to explore – without any tracking answers or focus on prizes – and that they loved it!  So don’t hesitate to do that!  Tag us with #vtcheesehunt on your social media, so we can see your adventures!

COST TO ENTER

Free to participate in. Some clues may have a fee associated with an activity, though most do not.

END DATE

All answers must be submitted by the last day of the event, which we anticipate will be someday in late October!

We have divided Vermont into six regions and created a Hunt Clue Packet (i.e. things to do and find) for each region. Each Hunt Clue Packet has its own instructions on what you need to do to complete it – though we will summarize that here too:  To complete a clue packet you MUST complete Clue #1 and then four of the other nine available tasks/puzzles.  Once you complete a clue packet per its instructions, you’ll need to submit your “answers” to our upload site to complete The Hunt by October 22 to be entered into our random prize drawing.  Anyone who uploads a completed set of answers will be qualified for our prizes:  Boxes of mixed Vermont cheeses shipped right to your door.  Last year we shipped over 20 of these to winners! (limit: 1 prize per person)

What are the clues and experiences like?  They vary.  One might have you exploring a local walking trail or cycling through a valley; another might have you picnicking in an apple orchard; another may have your visiting landmarks in the area.  You can check out  ABC News 10’s 2020 coverage of the event here to learn more – and note that there are 3 videos of “how it works” are on this page.

For folks who just want to use The Hunt to guide your travels/adventures around the state: Yes, yes, yes! Do it!  We were told by many folks in 2020 that they used The Hunt’s clue packets as a “travel guide” of sorts – to help them find things to do and places to explore – without any tracking answers or focus on prizes – and that they loved it!  So don’t hesitate to do that!  Tag us with #vtcheesehunt on your social media, so we can see your adventures!

COST TO ENTER

Free to participate in. Some clues may have a fee associated with an activity, though most do not.

END DATE

All answers must be submitted either electronically online or be postmarked via snail mail by October 22!

FAQs

How long does it take to complete a Clue Packet?

It varies a little bit depending on what tasks you choose to do.  Some clues take less time than others – like finding something, then taking a selfie with it.  Others take longer, such as those that have a hike or longer bike ride associated with them.  And some are in the middle – like having picnic stop!  While everyone must complete Clue #1 in their clue packets, whichever other four clues you want to complete – the shorter duration ones, the longer ones … it’s up to you.  You can create a half-day outing, a day trip, or a weekend adventure.  You can also choose to complete your clues anywhere between now and the last day of the event; so you can do a few clues this week and a few clues next week.  It’s entirely up to you! In general, if you begin and pursue The Hunt in the region in which you reside, we’d guess it will take you 3-5 hours to complete most versions of The Hunt if you don’t choose to pursue a longer hike or bike ride.

What should I bring with me on The Hunt?

We recommend you read through all the clues in your packet before heading out, so you will know if you’ll need to load up your car with your bike, hiking gear, bug repellant, a picnic, water, sunscreen, cheese (yes, you might need this!!) or anything else. And if you are using the “printed” version of the clue packet/answer uploads – bring a pencil or pen with you!

Who is eligible to participate?

Anyone.

Can I hunt and submit entries from more than one region?

Yes.

Our team has more than one person doing The Hunt together; can each submit an answer entry to win?

Yes, any member of a team that participates in completing ALL the clues for which answers are submitted may submit an entry.  So if you have a family of four who participates in completing their clue packet together (meaning they each participate in completing EACH OF the required five clues to complete The Hunt), all four may submit an answer entry independently (i.e. four people on a team can submit up to four entries).  If a team member stops participating partway through The Hunt and doesn’t ACTIVELY participate in completing five clues total – this person should not submit an entry.

If we have a multiperson team, can we split up the clues – so that one person does three clues and another does two, such that together they complete 5 clues?

No.  For any person to say that they have completed The Hunt, that person must complete the required 5 clues, though they can do it WITH other people.

If we need help finding something, where should we go/what should we do?

Ask locals – shop owners, visitor or welcome centers, chambers of commerce!

What do we do if we think something is wrong with a clue?

Please email us at info@vtcheese.com with your information/comments.

I am a lodging provider, visitor center, or other organization that would like to request marketing materials that I can share for this event; to whom should I reach out for more information?

Please reach out to info@vtcheese.com for this.

HOW TO VISIT & WHERE TO STAY

As of 6/1/2021, there are no restrictions for visiting Vermont from out of state, though we do ask and encourage you to follow individual business’ requests regarding social distancing and mask-wearing; some of these organizations may still have employees, guests, and/or family members who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccine and they may be asking for your help and shared caution to keep them well.   This page has more information about what the state is offering for guidance for out-of-state visitors and what to expect when visiting if you have questions.

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