Geocaching craze comes to the La Mesa Centennial celebrations

(La Mesa, CA) For those who consider themselves worthy sleuths or simply want to join in on the fun, the La Mesa Centennial Committee announces the La Mesa Centennial Amazing Geocache Challenge. Slated to begin with the Flag Day Parade on June 2, 2012, the event promises to be family-friendly. The Amazing Geocache Challenge concludes on October 7, 2012 with the La Mesa Oktoberfest. Anyone can participate—residents and non-residents, youngsters and oldsters, novices and experts alike.

Geocaching events, enjoyed by millions around the world on any given day, are outdoor treasure hunts using handheld GPS devices or GPS-enabled smart phones. During the La Mesa Centennial Amazing Geocache Challenge, cleverly hidden geocaches (containers) will be placed throughout the city, each revealing interesting historical facts about the area. Participants will navigate to a set of coordinates provided and try to find the geocache at that location. In the process, geocache hunters will be introduced to many local parks, activities and historical places.

A twist will be added to the Amazing Geocache Challenge with a competition for prizes. Participants who want to participate in the Challenge competition can pick up Challenge forms at the La Mesa Library, or download the form from the Centennial website ( Challenge questions will be located inside the geocaches. Completed Challenge forms are to be returned to a collection box located in the La Mesa Library by October 7, 2012. Those who answer all questions correctly will be eligible to win prizes.

Geocaching 101 information sessions will be held at the La Mesa Library located at 8074 Allison Ave, La Mesa CA 91942 on Saturday May 19 and Saturday July 21 for anyone who wants to participate. Information will also be provided on June 2 at the community picnic following the Flag Day Parade.

The La Mesa Centennial Amazing Geocache Challenge is sponsored by the La Mesa Historical Society, La Mesa Expand the Parks through the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation and La Mesa Centennial Committee. Watch for more information online at the Centennial website,

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