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Where's Waldo in Fort St. John?

Local photographer Hope Brown has such good memories of playing the game Where's Waldo in summer camp — a human scavenger hunt of sorts, where participants must look for clues and track down the various Waldos hiding around the camp.
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One of the 11 "Waldos" who will be hiding in a set location in Fort St. John on Saturday as part of the Where's Waldo FSJ Edition event.

Local photographer Hope Brown has such good memories of playing the game Where's Waldo in summer camp — a human scavenger hunt of sorts, where participants must look for clues and track down the various Waldos hiding around the camp. As she was trying to think of an event that could bring the community together while ensuring social distancing remains in place, she realized a city-wide version of her favourite summer camp game was the perfect idea. 

Where's Waldo, Fort St. John Edition will take place on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

"I realized we could totally do this for the whole community. The response has been unreal, and it's so encouraging to see that people are looking forward to this," Brown said. 

To participate, each person or family needs a vehicle and a phone to take pictures. Only people living in the same household should be in the same vehicle together, and nobody will have to leave their vehicle to participate.

Brown posted a video describing the rules of the game on her Facebook page. All week, she's been posting visual clues on her same page, with each clue hinting at the location of one of 10 Waldos hidden around town. 

These Waldos are friends of Brown's who have volunteered and dressed up to fit the theme of their surrounding. Brown has got the OK to be at each location to ensure they are welcome and safe. Participants are to find each Waldo, and take a picture of the person who will be holding up a poster with a number on it. All 10 numbers, when collected and put together, will form a phone number. 

Once a party has the full phone number, they are to text it, asking where the final Waldo is. Brown will reveal the location and the first three to find the last and 11th Waldo and take a picture will win one of the three prizes.

"I've made sure each person will be in a place with lots of space so there's no congestion, and that you can pull in, take a quick picture, and then move on. It's important that nobody speeds and we are looking out for each other," Brown said.

She's seen more than 400 people respond that they are attending or interesting, more than she ever could have imagined. 

"People are bored and want to have something to look forward to. Hearing the positive feedback makes my heart happy," Brown said. "Going for a walk is great, but there are still ways to have fun just driving around together. It's totally inclusive, and you don't even need to get out of your pajamas to play."

There will be another prize given out to people who happen to find a random "Wanderiing Waldo" walking about town. 

This Saturday, if you're looking for something to do, Where's Waldo Fort St. John Edition promises to be a great event for the full family. Study the clues, buckle up, and stay safe. 

"It's a cool way of showing we have a community so tight-knit together, who wants to help each other out. We're not alone."

Email reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca