GeoWoodstock: When and where to join in on the geocaching fun

May 25, 2023 | 12:10 am

Updated May 24, 2023 | 11:40 pm

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On Saturday, Owensboro will host GeoWoodstock XIX, one of the largest geocaching events in the world.

Geocaching is a worldwide, location-based game. Players can use the geocaching app or a GPS to locate containers that other geocachers have left. In the container is a log for each geocacher to sign, and sometimes there is also a prize or small trinket for the geocacher to take and replace in return. 

Ryan Semmel, vendor coordinator for the event, said there are approximately 500 geocaches of different varieties and types in the Owensboro area.

The staging area for the event will be set up place in between McConnell Plaza and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. While free, attendees can also buy packages that give them access to additional merchandise and perks.

In addition to serving as a gathering place for geocachers from all over the world, there will be vendors selling geocaching merchandise and informational talks about the outdoor activity.

Semmel noted that one of the talks will be about Adventure Labs, which are multistage geocaches that require users to go to and answer questions about 5 to 10 locations, teaching geocachers the history of the area.

According to Visit Owensboro, multiple Adventure Labs have been set up around Owensboro for the event.

The GPS Adventure Maze will also be housed in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame from Thursday to Saturday. The exhibit is for all ages and highlights the evolution of GPS technology.

According to Semmel, the exhibit is a rarity to get.

Leading up to that, there are additional opportunities to join in on the fun.

On Thursday, Western Kentucky Botanical Garden will host the Venti Cinco de Mayo event. There will be food trucks with Mexican cuisine, fresh margaritas, and beer. On Friday, attendees are invited to join in on Friday After 5.

“I’m very excited for the event,” Semmel said. “I’ve been here yesterday and I already feel like I’m at home with the community.”

More information can be found on the event website here.

May 25, 2023 | 12:10 am

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