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Weekend activity: Salt Lake libraries hosting 24-hour countywide adult scavenger hunt

For the first time, the Salt Lake County Library is hosting a 24-hour countywide adult scavenger hunt in the hopes of bringing people together to do something a bit unique.

For the first time, the Salt Lake County Library is hosting a 24-hour countywide adult scavenger hunt in the hopes of bringing people together to do something a bit unique. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)



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WEST JORDAN — Looking for an adventure this weekend?

For the first time, the Salt Lake County Library system is hosting a 24-hour countywide adult scavenger hunt in the hopes of bringing people together to do something a bit unique.

"The idea came about because we wanted not only a way to provide some entertainment for the adult population, but we also wanted people to become more familiar with the Salt Lake County communities and the communities that they live in," said Jeff Buydos, county library spokesman.

Those who set out on the hunt, designed for those ages 18 and older, will earn points by completing photo, GPS and text-answer missions that will be connected to the libraries, cities, local businesses, date night activities and county agencies.

"Expect the unexpected," said Tayler Allen, Viridian Event Center assistant manager. "We've worked hard to provide adults with an exciting, entertaining scavenger hunt experience they'll never forget."

Participants can start the hunt wherever and whenever they want between Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. The activity will end with an event at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West in West Jordan, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, when prizes will go to the top three highest scorers.

Prize packages for the three winners include gift cards, passes to businesses and other treats.

The activity will take place through GooseChase, a secure scavenger hunt app.

Pairs of individuals can complete the challenges. But Buydos noted that people can also work in groups to complete them. Prizes, however, will only go to those who register as pairs or by themselves.

The event is part of the Salt Lake County Library's Adult Night Out series, which also includes dances and other holiday events.

No businesses are sponsoring the event, though the hunt could introduce participants to areas and businesses they haven't visited before.

"We're a community-centered library. All of our branches provide pretty specific art and things for their individual communities. So as kind of an extension of that. We'd love to get people out there and help them learn. That's a big part of what we do, is just to help people gain knowledge, and this is a wonderful, exciting way to do that we think," Buydos said.

Registration for the scavenger hunt is online. Those who want to participate in the app-driven version of the hunt should select the "standard" registration option. For those who don't want to use the app, a print version is available (although they won't be eligible for prizes).

The scavenger hunt is open to up to 500 teams or individuals. As of midday Friday, more than 200 people were registered, Allen said.

For more information, visit slcolibrary.org/events/featured/adult-night-out.

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