The St Arnaud Event – Wrap Up

The dust has settled around St Arnaud and it’s just those last few things that the committee find themselves doing to tie off all those loose ends! What an EVENT! What a Year! Are you ready for 2020?

Receipts Game Winner

Congratulations to muff1 for being the winner of the receipts game. A staggering $20,830.84 was tallied in physical receipts – that’s incredible and certainly helps demonstrate the economic impact geocaching events can have in rural areas!

This can be broken down into:

Petrol: $3866.37;

Accommodation: $7247.00;

Food: $7238.13 (so many coffees);

Other: $2488.21 (pharmacy, books, crafts, clothes, op shops, hardware, camping store)

This excludes receipts we weren’t given (plenty of those), cash sales and money spent in surrounding towns.

Evaluation survey winner

Congratulations to Cliff5009 for being the winner of the evaluation survey. The information gathered here will be used to help plan further Mega events.

#StArnaud2019 Photo Competition Winner

Congrats to GeoTurtle37 for being the winner of the photo competition.

photo1

Honourable mentions go to ILookedThere and Tally Tiger for their entries too.

photo2 photo3

Merchandise update

The last batch of shirts have now been ordered. There are still some coins for sale with a new batch of Standard Coins on their way. Order here.

coin

 

Pathtag Trading Sets

If you didn’t quite manage to get all the “trading set” St Arnaud Pathtags don’t fear. It is important to Geocaching Victoria that no ones ends up without a complete set, so we are hoping to assist the geocachers involved to get in touch with each other and complete the required trades. If you have an incomplete trading set of pathtags, please get in touch with louiseannsullivan@gmail.com or via Geocaching Victoria FB messenger with the tag colour you have to trade and the tag colour you are missing and contact details you are happy to pass on to the other parties and we will help get you in touch with the missing pathtag holder.

The Whittlesea Event 2020

In case you missed the news the next big thing happening in Victoria is The Whittlesea Event 2020. Register your “will attend” now! And in case you missed it, the event is now officially a…

mega_icon

 

Stay tuned as more information about The Whittlesea Event 2020 will be announced SOON!

The St Arnaud Event – follow up information

The Mega might have officially finished but we know plenty of geocachers are still out and about and as with any event there is always some follow up information!

Signal Trackables

Did you get a picture with Signal on Saturday and miss out on an “I Met Signal” trackable? We have a few left to send out so add your Signal image on the Geocaching Victoria Facebook page or email it to gemmasiemensma@gmail.com and we will randomly select 10 winners!

Receipts Game

Forgot to pop your receipts in the box or no longer in town to drop them at the caravan park? Email your receipts through to gemmasiemensma@gmail.com and we will add them to the stash! Make sure you tell us your name and mobile number in case you are the winner of the unobtainable coin!

Photo Competition

The photo competition is still happening. Tag your social media images with #starnaud2019 to be in the draw to win a cool prize. Competition closes Sunday the 24th November.

Evaluation

Please take the time to fill in our evaluation. We will use this to help with future planning: https://forms.gle/45mgqRHuEqqx5Ss36

Pathtag Trading Sets

If you didn’t quite manage to get all the “trading set” St Arnaud Pathtags don’t fear. It is important to Geocaching Victoria that no ones ends up without a complete set, so we are hoping to assist the geocachers involved to get in touch with each other and complete the required trades. If you have an incomplete trading set of pathtags, please get in touch with louiseannsullivan@gmail.com or via Geocaching Victoria FB messenger with the tag colour you have to trade and the tag colour you are missing and contact details you are happy to pass on to the other parties and we will help get you in touch with the missing pathtag holder.

Merchandise

Standard Edition Coin

We were trying something new with the standard edition coin this year and we were so happy with the response. It was so popular, that for the first time ever we have sold out completely!!! To make sure no one misses out, we are putting in another small order. We have the coin up for sale on the website now and orders will be closing at the end of the month, so please order now to avoid disappointment: https://shop.geocachingvictoria.com.au/

coin

St Arnaud Shirts

We will also be placing one last order of shirts so make sure you order before the end of the month if you want to look as snazzy as everyone else! Order in the Geocaching Victoria Store: https://shop.geocachingvictoria.com.au/

shirt

Limited Edition Coins:

There are a few of these remaining so make sure you place your order to ensure you don’t miss out. Order here: https://shop.geocachingvictoria.com.au/

LE tractor coins

Winners!!!

Congratulations to all the different winner across the weekend.

Friday CITO: Bushfire

Friday Night Event: Squalid

Saturday CITO: Monchichi1

Saturday Night: 6Hinemoa2

Sunday GIFF & Farewell: debandsteve

MEGA Event FTF: smiley1982

Lead Up Event Game: micaparamedic

Letterbox Game: surefoot24

Social Bingo: McAdies

Maccamob Raffle: Joolay

Far & Wide Game: LOP833

 

Thank-you!

An event like this isn’t possible without many people who tirelessly worked behind the scenes. Firstly thanks you everyone who attended – without you there is no MEGA!

Thanks to the organising committee:  Becca85, FUF009, GemmaSistema, sharkiefan, The_Tritonz, Tyred n Cranky.

Thanks to the Geocaching Victoria Committee: ahomburg, BernieH, carkisser, CleverMonkey, GemmaSistema, LouiseAnn, The_Tritonz.

Thanks to the presenters/reviewers/lackey: Bunjil, Balyang/GeoawareANZ2, The Coffee’s, Ministro, Rock Chalk, Tschingal.

Thanks to the sponsors: GeoStuff, Caching Supplies, Sssafe, Sistema, Pathtags, Geocaching HQ, GeoVenture2020.

Thanks to those who helped in other (special) ways: day1976, McLookers, ozglory, beckNmonts, SteMicMitSar, Clever Monkey, highrod, maccamob, ILookedThere.

Thanks to the Lab Cache builders: Becca85, FUF009, Tyred n Cranky, Fergzter, beckNmonts, chooknchunk, GemmaSistema, carkisser, JSando, plowfive, micaparamedic, Cybergran V, BFMC, The Morris, 4Moule, Sims Family.

Thanks to those who volunteered on site: McLookers, maccamob, micaparamedic, n0w0rries, +Wife, suss vulture, Wollaston, wozzle68, JakTembo, Alansee, Muzza, chooknchunk, Sedgwick Dave, Hansand Linda, feathertop, sally_mally_616, Rustymac75, Posums, AussieFunSeekers, little blue wren, The Morris, cathlud.

Thanks to the local businesses and organisations that supported us: St Arnaud Sporting Club, St Arnaud Caravan Park, St Arnaud Rotary, St Arnaud Agricultural Society (special thanks to Tony Marland), Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network, St Arnaud Football/Netball Club, North Central News St Arnaud plus all the businesses across the town.

A huge special thanks to The Northern Grampians Shire for all their help and support.

Thanks to the town of St Arnaud for embracing us!

Thanks to everyone else who helped (of which their were many) in an unofficial capacity. As the cliché goes – many hands make light work.

 

The Whittlesea Event 2020

Did you hear the good news? We are doing it again in 2020! Get logging for The Whittlesea Event. It’s shaping up to be MEGA exciting: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC8EW40_the-whittlesea-event-2020

 

The St Arnaud Event – Are You Ready?

Can you believe the MEGA is about to start – are you ready? We thought this blog should consist of all the things you need to remember!

What to Bring

  • A chair (especially for Saturday night)
  • Water bottle (refill station on site)
  • Coffee mug (free instant coffee and tea from Rotary)
  • Change for raffles & food (supporting local organisations)
  • A pen (for all those caches you will find)
  • Extra food (St Arnaud is a small town with limited trading hours for shops – please come prepared)

Red-Check

 

Apps to Download

  • The Geocaching App (otherwise how will you find all those hundreds of caches that are around?)
  • The Adventure Lab App (to do all the Lab Caches mentioned above – two are already released with two more Saturday morning so that’s 4 Adventures totalling 40 Lab Caches)
  • The Wherigo App (there are some Play Anywhere Wherigos around the town which you can do now from home and also one that will have you doing laps of the Main St)
  • YouTube App (this might come in handy for some Lab Caches which are released Saturday morning)
  •  Metaverse App (there is an Augmented Reality Cache GC7Z1Z2 in town if you are keen for something different)

 

An ORANGE ribbon

Travelling to St Arnaud for the MEGA Event? Tie an ORANGE ribbon or two to your car so we can all see each other.

orange_herringbone_twill_ribbon

Lastly…

Be ready to HAVE FUN and CREATE some

new MEMORIES in a wonderful part

of VICTORIA

 

 

 

The St Arnaud Event – only a few days to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there are ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO?

It is important that you log your “will attend” on any events you plan to attend so we can plan and cater accordingly. Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

Event Updates

important-002

FRIDAY NIGHT: Due the overwhelming number expected on Friday night the Sports Club is putting on a buffet meal (one plate only – no second helping) at $19 per adult and $13 per child.

This will consist of Salt & Pepper Calamari, Honey Chicken, Fried Dim Sims, Beef and Black Bean, Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Noodles, Chicken Schnitzel and Chips.

Meals can also be ordered from a reduced menu but this will take considerably longer.

Please be patient as they deal with such a huge influx of people and if you have eaten please ensure others can have your seat when their meal is ready. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

FRIDAY CITO: Please bring some secateurs if you have them to help with this CITO.

SATURDAY CITO: Due to recent rains the location of the Saturday CITO has been changed. If you have saved this one offline please update so you end up in the correct location!

Some statistics (so far…)

Did you know that there are:

  • 457 Will Attendsstats
  • 707 Attendees
  • 9 countries
  • Representatives from all states and territories
  • Cumulative finds of 2.3 million caches
  • A whooping 22,587 hides

 

Lab Caches

Two of the Lab Cache Adventures are now LIVE! There was a glitch with an apostrophe on iOS devices for the Historical Tour Lab Cache. This is now fixed. If you have saved offline please reload and save again. The other two Lab Adventures will be live on Saturday morning.

History-Tour-

 

Food, Glorious Food

The Rotary Club of St Arnaud will be selling food across the weekend. This includes Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (bacon and egg rolls), lunch on Saturday and Sunday (sausages and vegie burgers) and dinner on the Saturday night (sausages in addition to the supplied roast beef roll). Please bring plenty of loose change to support a worthy organisation.

There will also be a coffee van onsite. Rotary will also supply free standard tea and instant coffee so BYO coffee mugs if you want one!

We will also have a water refill station on site so remember to BYO a drink bottle!

rotary

Receipts game

We know that many of you are already enjoying the caches around St Arnaud. Don’t forget we are collecting receipts for the week pre and post Mega so we can see the economic impact an event like Geocaching can have for a small town.   Keep your receipts and bring them to the Mega Site on Saturday.

receipts

Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support is invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

NGS logo

The St Arnaud Event – 1 week to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there is only 1 WEEK TO GO? The committee are working behind the scenes to bring you the best MEGA event we can – all for FREE! Remember to REGISTER HERE by logging a “Will Attend” as this year we will be crossing off names at the event to ensure everyone who registered early gets their FREE gift.

It’s also important that you log your “will attend” on any other events you plan to attend. At the Saturday Night event we are providing each attendee with a Roast Beef Roll but if you haven’t logged a “will attend” here you might miss out! Rotary will also be selling sausages so bring a chair and some loose change!

Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

Second of the Lab Caches

The second of the Lab Caches will be released in just a few days time on Monday November 11th and this Lab will close on Sunday November 24th. That means you can do them pre or post Mega if you are coming for longer than the weekend. The second tour is a Coffee, Cake and Fast Food Tour of St Arnaud Lab Adventure where you can discover some fantastic little eateries around the town we are calling home for the weekend. There is no need to enter the shop to find the code word but we do encourage you to spend some money and support this lovely little town.

If you’ve never done a Lab Cache before or haven’t done one since last year you will need to make sure you download the “Adventure Lab” app onto a mobile device. Simply download and login with your geocaching account and you will be good to go! Remember Lab Caches are now logged live on the spot through this app so you must be within range of the location to claim the smiley. They cannot be done through the regular geocaching app.

Adventure-lab-caches

Apps

Speaking of Apps you may want to download a few others in preparation for your trip to St Arnaud this year. We recommend:

  • The Geocaching App (otherwise how will you find all those hundreds of caches that are around?)
  • The Adventure Lab App (to do all the Lab Caches mentioned above – plus a heads up another two will be released Saturday morning so that’s 4 Adventures totalling 40 Lab Caches)
  • The Wherigo App (there are some Play Anywhere Wherigos around the town which you can do now from home and also one that will have you doing laps of the Main St)
  • YouTube App (this might come in handy for some Lab Caches which are released Saturday morning)
  •  Metaverse App (there is an Augmented Reality Cache GC7Z1Z2 in town if you are keen for something different)

 

Food, Glorious Food

The Rotary Club of St Arnaud will be selling food across the weekend. This includes Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (bacon and egg rolls), lunch on Saturday and Sunday (sausages and vegie burgers) and dinner on the Saturday night (sausages in addition to the supplied roast beef roll). Please bring plenty of loose change to support a worthy organisation.

We will also have a water refill station on site so remember to BYO a drink bottle!

rotary

Wristbands

The Saturday Night dinner has been ordered and we will be printing names and ticking people off the list who have registered to come. If you are one of these people you will need to head into the MEGA shed during Saturday to get your wristband so you can get a yummy beef roll.

Online Orders & Merchandise

Online orders of coins, pathtags, FTF raffle and other merchandise will soon be closed so jump online and pre-order for collection from the Geocaching Victoria Shop. Items are selling out so get in quickly to avoid disappointment.

St A 5 set

Fun & Games

Like most other Victorian MEGA Events that have gone before us we are continuing on with the tradition of having a “few games” run throughout the weekend. Some forms will be handout out at registration so to be in with a chance of winning – you need to grab the forms and get hunting! The following games are on offer:

  1. Social Bingo – fill the WHOLE sheet.
  2. Far & Wide Game – fill in a LINE with the specific stamps allocated in the cache. The more lines you fill the more chances you get to win.
  3. Letterbox Game – find all FIVE new Letterbox caches (released this week) and stamp with the special GVI stamps.
  4. Receipts Game – collect any receipts from when you shop in St Arnaud in the week prior and post the Mega and pop your caching name and a mobile number on the back.

bingo

Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support in invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

NGS logo