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And the Hunt is on! Scavenger Hunting all over the Harbour!

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Just two days after recovering from the flood waters of Hurricane Idalia, it was a beautiful sunny day in Fairfield Harbour for its first-ever Scavenger Hunt.


Around 9:30 a.m., 25 teams in golf carts filled with families and friends, old and new, arrived in competitive and colorful carts with names such as Flamingals, Easily Confused, Barbary Deer, Clueless, and Treasure Titans.
First place: Team #11 – BTB’s – 126 points. Team: Christina & Chris Beck and Chad & Kim Shaffer

The Fairfield Harbour Events Committee had been working for months, researching questions and items for the scavenger hunt, working through logistics, and publicizing the event. The Events Committee meets at the beginning of each year to discuss new ideas and fun ways to get the community and neighbors together.

Anne Gehlsen headed up this event and stressed that it was a fun way to introduce the Harbour to new residents and for all residents to learn more about their community, including clubs and community icons.
Second place: Team #16 – Family Funday – 118 points. Team: Rus & Beth Meyer (Anne Gehlsen - Special Event Committee organizer) and Brian & Michelle Aldrich

Third place: Team #17 – The Green Monster – 117 points. Team: Laurie & Matt Pearson, (Anne Gehlsen - Special Event Committee organizer.)

Anne provided instructions to the group, and shortly after 10 a.m., participants were given time to strategize. Then the hunt began! The hunt included taking pictures, gathering items, answering trivia about the area (no Google allowed!), and meeting Fairfield Harbour personnel. Participants also had the opportunity to meet representatives from the Tennis Club, the Garden Club, and the Sports Car Club on their journey. The acquisition of points ranged from taking pictures of team members posing as bears, thanking a Veteran for their service, playground and tennis court rules, and collecting items such as a feather, a witch’s burr, and moss. At the end of 90 minutes, participants gathered back at the cart barn, and the busy committee tabulated all the scores.


The three winning teams and their participants:

  • Third place: Team #17 – The Green Monster – 117 points. Team: Laurie & Matt Pearson

  • Second place: Team #16 – Family Funday – 118 points. Team: Beth & Rus Meyer and Michelle & Brian Aldrich

  • First place: Team #11 – BTB’s – 126 points. Team: Christina & Chris Beck and Chad & Kim Shaffer

Prize winners received gift certificates from the Harbour Pointe restaurant.


Anne Gehlsen summed up the event by saying, “It was a great community response; I never expected so many teams to jump on board. My fellow event committee members are awesome!” The committee felt that they learned from this inaugural event and will be able to streamline things for smoother sailing in the future. Participants were already planning their strategy for the Second Annual Scavenger Hunt next year!

Check out photos of the Scavenger Hunt in action!

Scroll through the photos above to view the Scavenger Hunt participants.

Thank you, Doris Dean, for the marvelous photos!

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