Competetion winners

In addition to the Fern Competition (who winners were announced just prior to the Melbourne Event) we ran a heap of competitions over the weekend and we’d like to announce those winners now:

FTF Raffle

Drawn at just after 3pm by TheLoneBaker who were among the one travelled furthest to reach the event (all the way from east coast of the USA – there were four Swiss cachers who took the cup for the longest distance). The winning ticket belonged to:
OzHockeyChick
She is now the proud owner of an unobtanium gold Melbourne Event geocoin.

Geocacher Bingo

(run on Saturday at the BBQ)
Since we had so many people going to the extra trouble fun to fill in the whole bingo card, we decided two prizes were in order. We sorted the entries into two set and had Mary of maccamob draw out two winners, once for the whole sheet, taking away an unobtanium gold Melbourne Event geocoin and one for completing a row who get a set Geocaching Melbourne Fern Pathtags in a specially crafted holder, of which only 5 have been made. The winners are:
Ikkibrady (geocoin)
alpenmilch80 (pathtag set)

Guess the number of geocaches in the fishtank

(run at the Try Stall)
The Try stall was amazed at how many of you came and made guesses at the number of caches in the fishtank, they ran of guess sheets a number of times, and you kept coming. In the end a few minions we tasked with the job of making the count at around 4pm on Sunday. We checked it twice and the final number was 121!! The winner, guessing the exact amount was:
Quasar3691
He is now the proud owner of an unobtanium gold Melbourne Event geocoin

WideGame

Technical issues meant that the entries in the widegame weren’t as plentiful as we hoped. There were people that seemed to submit all their answers from the one place and people who hadn’t allowed their web browsers to have access to their location. I can see we will have to improve this for next time…. back to the drawing board. For the good news, we did have enough correct entries to declare a winner and that is:
Tassie Treckers
They is now the proud owners of an unobtanium gold Melbourne Event geocoin

Lollies in the Jar Raffle

The winner of the jar of lollies was:
88andy88

Kids Competitions

Fancy Dress: Nick, from Team tatty, dressed as batman
Colouring in: Vanessa&Aodh
Guess the cartoon characters: Lionbird and Jocelyn Doyle

The Melbourne Event 2015 – Final Pre-Event Blog Post.

This is it.

  • The final trailer before Episode VII gets into the cinemas
  • The sunrise before the final summit ascent
  • The drive to the airport to pick up your loved one after a long trip
  • The final blog post before The Melbourne Event 2015

We can’t wait to see you there, it will be amazing 🙂 If this doesn’t get you excited, have a read through this blog post and all the other announcements we made over the past few months. And if you really can’t wait this is how it looks like on google streetview.

It’s Free

Yep, we’re saying it again: The event is free to attend. You can turn up any time over the whole weekend, walk around the grounds, and browse the stalls of your favorite geocaching stores that will be there, including the famous Geostuff.com.au. It is free to attend most of the sessions (providing you register), participate in a multitude of games that will be running over the weekend, or just sit back and have a chat with some friends and have a good old yarn about geocaching. Oh, and maybe even head out and find a geocache… Whatever you choose, all of the above is free! Don’t forget to sign the log book – that’s free too – and

please log an attended online if you were there

Thanks 🙂

Plus, you get stuff!

Want something for nothing? Well guess what, you guessed it – there will be event bags full of random stuff! What’s in these event bags? Well, at the moment that is a VERY closely guarded secret. To find out you will need to register, follow the instructions to register for your FREE event bag….

  • You’ve already logged your will attend up to (and including) the 26th September 2015.
  • Go to our Eventbrite page and register for the showbag ticket. The number of tickets and therefore the showbags are limited. If the ticket doesn’t show up, use the access code WUNDERTUETE. Make sure your GC account name is exactly the same spelling as it shows up on Geocaching.com

Sponsors

First things first: We’d like to thank our awesome sponsors, who have helped us put this whole thing together.

BBQ and Fireworks, GC63717 in Tooradin

Of course we are super-excited about this one. Imagine it!

  • Free entry,
  • Free food,
  • Free fireworks!

That’s right, it’s been published! Check it out and if you can make it, log you “Will Attend” on GC63717. Entry is free and there will be fireworks later in the night. Plus, to get your free food lovingly supplied by Anvil Angus on the night, you can just go to

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grab a wrist band head over to where the scouts are cooking and eat to your hearts content! All for absolutely nothing! How good is that? If you’re attending the Meet the Mountaineer session on Saturday, we’ll give you a wrist-band so you don’t have to rush.

Drinks will be available for purchase from the scouts, or you can bring along your own (non-alcoholic). Sorry our music act had to cancel – he will be on a last minute bucks night.

 You-insta-twitter-book

Once upon a time there was geocaching but no social media. Can you believe it? If you’re going out there this coming weekend share your adventures using following hashtag.

#gcmelb2015

You don’t have to share what you had for breakfast … actually that would be funny: Everybody! Share what you had for breakfast on the 14th November using the hashtag 🙂 And don’t forget to check what everybody else is up to!

BYO Nametags

Do you also have problems remembering all those faces, names and geocaching names? We get confused on a regular basis. If you wan’t to be called e.g Andrew instead of talla 2xlc, make yourself a nice tag which makes it easy for everyone to figure out who you are. You’ll be surprised how many cachers have read your account name somewhere and have a story to share.

Canoeing

We didn’t get as many takers for the canoeing as we hoped! What did we do wrong? Was it something we said? Anyway… we have enough people to make it a go-er if at a slightly higher price.  Please head over to the booking page if you’d like to give it a go.

TRY Spotto Competition

In the next couple of months, you might be seeing TRY Mentoring on the back of buses running between Tullamarine to the Outer South East of Melbourne, including Frankston, Berwick and Dandenong. This is exactly where the Mega is happening!

If you see any of these posters, take a photo and post it to the TRY Australia Facebook page for your chance to win a prize!

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Official The Melbourne Event merchandise

As well as a great big stall at the Mega with all manner of Geocaching trackables, caches and other paraphernalia, our sponsor Geostuff.com.au will be carrying the full range of official Melbourne Event 2015 merchandise. The Official Polo shirts, with lovely Fern embroidery on the chest, will be available in a good range Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes at the event. Sizes are strictly first come–first served!
Geostuff will also have official embroidered Caps and Beanies
for sale, also featuring Fern. Between now and about Thurs of this coming week, you can still place an order online for official merchandise or other items and have them will be available for pickup at the event. Or if you prefer, you can shop at the Geostuff
stall at the Mega, and you can pay on the day with Credit Card, Eftpos, Cash or Geostuff Gift cards or Geostuff Gift Vouchers.

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Geocoins (no more pathtags)

imageSorry, the pathtags have sold out but there are still some very nice geocoins which can be purchased from our pre-sale page. In fact the coins have arrived at Fern’s Forest Fairy HQ and they are awesome. If you can’t wait to see one in the flesh check out the trackable code MEGABM and discover it now. These coins can be picked up at the event, or for a small postage fee, we can send them to you once we have them. 

Everyone who has pre-ordered, we will be putting them into the post on Wednesday.  We are making sure you get your precious shinies, so the pack will require a signature.

How to Obtain the Unobtanium.

Finally, another great example of how awesome this weekend is really going to be. You will have the chance of obtaining the unobtainable. That’s right, a hallowed, pure sort of gold, unobtanium “The Melbourne Event” geocoin. Imagine the prestige, the fame, the fortune that would come with ownership of this uber rare coin? So how do you get your hands on one of these babys? Well, we will be running some competitions over the weekend…

  • FTF Raffle Draw. Yep, when you log your attendance in our log book at the registration desk, you will have the option of buying tickets in our FTF raffle draw. Tickets are only $1 each and you can buy as many as you like, proceeds go to The Friends of the Leadbeater Possum. The winner not only gets to claim FTF on the first MEGA event in the state of Victoria, but they also get one of the unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoins!
  • Bingo. What would a large scale Geocaching Melbourne event be without a large scale BINGO competition? Grab your bingo sheets at the registration desk and set about ticking off the boxes. Submit your completed forms and you too may have a chance at nabbing the top prize, an unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!
  • Guess the number of caches. So we have procured a rather large fish tank. We are in the process of filling it with geocaches big and small. Your task is to head over to the TRY Australia stall, buy a ticket and have a guess at how many geocaches are actually in the fishtank. Closest to the pin gets one super rare unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin and all profits go directly to TRY!
  • Widegame. Something a bit different and new. You will need a smartphone with location services enabled on your web browser. Head over to the registration desk to get the details of the places that you are looking for and the link to play the game. Figure out where you need to go. Once there, on your phone, submit your position and caching name “on location”. Our central computer will tally the results live back at HQ at the pavilion at Casey Fields on the big screen for all to see. Those who complete the game will go into the draw to win prizes, the ultimate prize of course being the hallowed unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!

CITOs

cito_72There are two CITOs running over the weekend of the MEGA event. The Casey Council has been fantastic in helping us put this event on and so we would like to thank them in the best way we know how. Cleaning up some rubbish! You can join in the fun and get your hands dirty on either day.

  • Saturday 14th November, GC61TQ9 – Narre warren
  • Sunday 15th November, GC61TWN – Lysterfield

There will be an announcement on the CITO page later in the week regarding some safety issues at these sites.  The most important being that you must wear solid footwear.  The terrain around these sites is uneven and it a real concern of council that some people may turn up wearing inappropriate footwear.  If you turn up with open toed foot wear (ie sandals or thongs) you will be allowed to sign the log book and help out around the registration desk, but you will not be allowed to help clean up the rubbish.  If there are adverse weather conditions, or a fire danger rating at or above a “severe” level, the events will be cancelled.  You will be required to sign the log book before you begin collecting rubbish.  The log book doubles as also your registration for CUAD (Clean Up Australia Day) which covers us for our liability insurance.

If you are coming to one of the CITOs, and you are able to, if you could bring along any of the following from home, it would be very useful…

  • Your own gloves
  • Your own hi-viz vest
  • Your own bottle of water
  • Sun hat/sun glasses
  • Anything else you may have at home that you think might be useful.

Finally, if you are coming to one of the CITOs and you have a certificate 2 or above 1st aid, if you could let one of the organizers know, it would be very appreciated.

LAB Caches

Exactly what are these things? Well they are a geocache creators license to experiment outside the normal rules! No proximity rules, no commercialization rules, no review process, no log book. Just imagine the possibilities! All those really cool cache ideas that wouldn’t normally get past the review process can be done as a LAB cache. Geocaching Melbourne is excited to announce that we will have a LAB cache adventure at the Melbourne Event 2015 that will rival the absolute best out there. So who is creating this adventure? Well we have asked some of the best geocache makers in Victoria to get their creative juices flowing, untie the normal shackles that would hold them back from being truly creative and to create an adventure that participants will walk away from saying “WOW, that was awesome!”

Kids area

Kids love geocaching and we know there are some awesome juvenile geocachers out there, so we have dedicated a whole area for the geocaching kids to play in at the MEGA. Whilst this is not a crèche and a parent will still be required to be in attendance whilst the kids are there, we will have plenty of fun-filled really cool activities for the young geocachers to do. Simply look for the kids area in the main room at The Melbourne Event

A souvenir

IMG_4265Yep, that’s right, we are very pleased to announce that there will actually be a souvenir awarded to everyone who logs our MEGA event as “attended”! It features the infamous feet at Princes Pier in Port Melbourne as well as cute little Fern playing in the forest.

What to bring on the day. (Don’t forget your $1 coins)

Melbourne weather can be unpredictable but we are expecting good weather (at this stage). It would be a good idea to bring plenty of water, sunscreen (we will have some on site just in case), a warm top, a chair or picnic blanket (see above post re: BYO chairs), a towel and a raincoat/umbrella. Geocachers are good at having things on hand. So load the car with everything you might need. There is nothing like sharing for those that forgot.

Also as most of the competitions are $1 to enter, bring as much change as possible. This just makes life easier for everyone and gets you moving onto your next competition quicker!

Melbourne Event Update – October 2015 – Mk Two

How has your weekend been so far? The good weather came back for some days and we hope you made good use of it. The big event is less than three weeks away with the first activities (GIFF Melbourne & Tree Climbing) starting within a fortnight. OMG IT IS REALLY HAPPENING!

We will keep the update crisp and short. That should give you more time to go merchandise shopping and brag about you being part of this 🙂

Sponsors.
The BBQ Event.
Official The Melbourne Event Merchandise.
Coins and no Pathtags.
BYO Chairs.
Stalls.
How to Obtain the Unobtanium.

Sponsors

First things first: We’d like to thank our awesome sponsors, who have helped us put this whole thing together.

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BBQ and Fireworks, GC63717 in Tooradin.

Of course we are super-excited about this one.  Imagine it!

  • Free entry,
  • Free food,
  • Free fireworks!

That’s right, it’s been published!  Check it out and if you can make it, log you “Will Attend” on GC63717.  Entry is free and there will be fireworks later in the night.  Plus, to get your free food lovingly supplied by Anvil Angus on the night, you can just go to

S 38° 12.783  E145° 22.813

grab a wrist band head over to where the scouts are cooking and eat to your hearts content!  All for absolutely nothing!  How good is that? If you’re attending the Meet the Mountaineer session on Saturday, we’ll give you a wrist-band so you don’t have to rush.

Drinks will be available for purchase from the scouts, or you can bring along your own (non-alcoholic). Sorry our music act had to cancel – he will be on a last minute bucks night.

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Official The Melbourne Event merchandise

A range of official Melbourne Event 2015 merchandise is available from our sponsor Geostuff.com.au. The Official Polo shirts, with lovely Fern embroidery on the chest, are available in a good range Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. Also available are official embroidered Caps and Beanies! The Polo shirts, and other official merchandise will be available from the Geostuff stall at the event, although they are also available right now online at Geostuff.com.au for you to reserve and pick up at the event, pickup at the Geostuff retail store, or have delivered directly to you beforehand if you choose.

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Geocoins (no more pathtags)

Sorry, the pathtags have sold out but there are still some very nice geocoins which can be purchased our pre-sale page. In fact the coins have arrived at Fern’s Forest Fairy HQ and they are awesome. If you can’t wait to see one in the flesh check out the trackable code MEGABM and discover it now. These coins can be picked up at the event, or for a small postage fee, we can send them to you once we have them. 

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BYO Chairs

sofareihenYou’re not that fussed about the sessions or games? You just want to hang out with your caching mates, trade shiny things, make new friends and enjoy yourself? You are more than welcome to do that! In fact we got a whole field dedicated for exactly that. Bring your camping chair, marquee, couch*, bed-side table and picnic blanket and enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed!).

* If you actually bring a couch, you have to take it home at the end of the day like everything else. The field can’t be accessed with vehicles so you have to carry everything in and out.

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Stalls.

You will be able to take a wonder around the many amazing stalls that will be set up at the MEGA.  You will be sure to find some really cool stuff and probably learn a whole heap as well too.

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How to Obtain the Unobtanium.

Finally, another great example of how awesome this weekend is really going to be. You will have the chance of obtaining the unobtainable. That’s right, a hallowed, pure sort of gold, unobtanium “The Melbourne Event” geocoin. Imagine the prestige, the fame, the fortune that would come with ownership of this uber rare coin? So how do you get your hands on one of these babys? Well, we will be running some competitions over the weekend…

  • FTF Raffle Draw.  Yep, when you log your attendance in our log book at the registration desk, you will have the option of buying tickets in our FTF raffle draw.  Tickets are only $1 each and you can buy as many as you like, proceeds go to The Friends of the Leadbeater Possum.  The winner not only gets to claim FTF on the first MEGA event in the state of Victoria, but they also get one of the unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoins!
  • Bingo.  What would a large scale Geocaching Melbourne event be without a large scale BINGO competition?  Grab your bingo sheets at the registration desk and set about ticking off the boxes.  Submit your completed forms and you too may have a chance at nabbing the top prize, an unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!
  • Guess the number of caches.  So we have procured a rather large fish tank.  We are in the process of filling it with geocaches big and small.  Your task is to head over to the TRY Australia stall, buy a ticket and have a guess at how many geocaches are actually in the fishtank.  Closest to the pin gets one super rare unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin and all profits go directly to TRY!
  • Widegame. Something a bit different and new.  You will need a smartphone with location services enabled on your web browser.  Head over to the registration desk to get the details of the places that you are looking for and the link to play the game.  Figure out where you need to go.  Once there, on your phone, submit your position and caching name “on location”.  Our central computer will tally the results live back at HQ at the pavilion at Casey Fields on the big screen for all to see.  Those who complete the game will go into the draw to win prizes, the ultimate prize of course being the hallowed unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!

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HERE we go

Good news for all the geeks among us … oh … well that’s pretty much everyone because we’re geocachers 🙂 We definitely locked in another sponsor: The good folks of HERE Maps. I think that’s pretty exiting because they will bring one of these cool LIDAR cars to the event and along with it comes an engineer who answers all of your questions.150310_TrueCar_Desktop_930x300
However it doesn’t stop there. It gets even better: HERE Maps have announced they will be launching a great competition at the The Melbourne Event 2015! Pop by their presentation, Sunday 15 November @ 11am or visit their tent to find out how you can win some fantastic prizes!

3 prizes are up for grabs and will be drawn 31st Dec 2015:

1st: Garmin eTrex® Touch 35t
2nd: Garmin eTrex® 30x
3rd: Garmin eTrex® 10

Be sure to pop by and find out how you can win a great Garmin GPS! In the meantime you can have check out what they are doing or visit their website.

Kids at The Melbourne Event

Please note: CHILDREN MUST BE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PARENT AT ALL TIMES

Hello junior cachers!

Aunty sharkiefan has some special stuff prepared for you. This is a chance for you to win some cool prizes. You can find me in the main room of the Melbourne Event.

Competition 1: Colouring in: FREE!!

I’ve found some really cool pictures for you to colour in! All you need to do is turn up and everything will be ready and waiting. I love colouring in and will probably do some too! For those kids that might not get to the Mega for long enough to colour a page at the Mega, here are some links to the pages. Just print and colour them in at home and drop it off to Aunty sharkiefan at the event. (PARENTS: Please write your child’s name on the picture (if they cant do it themselves) AND include on the back a contact name and number – for contacting prize winners)

  1. Fern Colouring
  2. Pirate Signal with tracker the geocaching dog
  3. Signal with tracker the geocaching dog
  4. Signal with the geocaching hamsters

Prize: An official Geocaching.com Signal the Frog soft toy.

Competition 2: Fancy Dress. FREE!!

I love dressing up in costumes. So I want to see what costumes you have at home that you can wear along to The Melbourne Event. You can be scary or funny or come as your favourite character from a movie, TV show or book. Anything at all! This one will require letting us take your photo at the time and having a panel of judges (the Mega committee) decide who is our winner!

Prize: A Sven the moose soft toy from Frozen the movie

Competition 3: Name the character. FREE!!

Who’s that character? This is just going to be a page of images where we want you to tell us who is in the picture. Easy? Maybe for some not for others. Don’t worry if you cant write! Mum or Dad will help you fill it in! Spelling mistakes are accepted as long as we can understand who you mean.

Prize:  A big blue Inner Health Plus Bug with a trackable tag.

Competition 4: Lolly Jar Raffle. $1 a ticket

Here is a competition you will find pretty sweet. For only $1 per ticket you can win a WHOLE pile of yummy stuff.

Prize: The jar of lollies!!!!

Swaps for kids! FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!

For kids coming to the event there will be a tub of swaps they can choose ONE item from. Available while stocks last. One swap per kid over the weekend. All sorts of stuff. No cost at all.

NB: Due to the nature of the event, with people coming and going at all times of the day throughout the weekend, all prizes will be awarded AFTER the event and delivery will be organised.

See you at THE MELBOURNE EVENT!!!!