Geocachers from around the region will converge on Fulton County this week for the annual Midwest Geobash.
The 18th annual event will be held Wednesday through Sunday at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, north of Wauseon. It is estimated that over 1,100 people will attend. There are already over 430 campsites booked.
Local residents can simply come to the fairgrounds at any time to get involved. A bicycle is suggested as a way to get around the large venue faster.
Things kick off Wednesday when the venue opens and a welcome party is held at 7 p.m.
The opening ceremony will be held Thursday morning and that day will also include an ice cream party and cornhole tournament.
Friday includes the Poker Run wrap up and the flea market opens. On Saturday, there will be a treasure hunt, silent auction and DPH Games demo.
Saturday will also feature the closing ceremony, which is a huge end of party bash. It will include awards, recognition, prizes and a big reveal of the 2023 Midwest Geobash dates and theme.
The 2022 Geobash concludes Sunday morning with a pancake breakfast.
There’s a full list of activities published on the Midwest Geobash website, www.midwestgeobash.org.
There is no charge to attend, although some activities, such as the treasure hunt, do have a cost to participate.
The theme of this year’s bash is “Mad Bash,” playing off the post-apocalyptic setting of the Mad Max movies.
The first Midwest Geobash was in 2005, at Harrison Lake State Park in Fayette. It started as “A casual gathering of geocachers of the Midwest and Great Lakes Region of North America,” and had at least 450 cachers in attendance.
It then moved to Michigan for one year, and Indiana for two, before being held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds for the first time in 2009. The Midwest Geobash has been held at the fairgrounds ever since, and became the permanent home in 2012.