Weeklong event aims to boost shopping local in Waynedale

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – There’s a push to shop local and get hunting in Waynedale.

“Shop Waynedale” is a weeklong event that boasts big discounts at local businesses, a Scavenger Hunt, and a Passport Stamp game.

The grand prize drawing for a lucky person or family who collects the most stamps and answers the scavenger hunt correctly takes home $500. This year’s event was organized by volunteers to encourage people to explore Waynedale businesses. No purchase is necessary to play.

To play, pick up a gamebook at any participating business or see an August 12 edition of The Waynedale News.

A group of volunteers in southwest Fort Wayne, within the historic community of Waynedale, are putting up a top prize of $500 to the person or family who most accurately solves a Scavenger Hunt and collects the most stamps by visiting businesses in the community.

Organizers released the following:

The games are part of a weeklong campaign from August 15-20, aptly named “Shop Waynedale” to increase awareness of the Waynedale Community’s storefronts and restaurants. Now a community tradition due to popularity, the initiative came out of the need to support local businesses during the 2020 pandemic shutdowns.

“This is always a fun event that our community gets heavily involved in to play. It’s not only fun, but it gives people an opportunity to explore our community’s businesses. Even storefronts that we frequently drive by over time may become part of the landscape. The goal of this event is to put those businesses back at the forefront of peoples mind.” Camille Garrison, Event Co-organizer continues, “We are so thankful for the 50+ businesses who have stepped up to become involved, and many have doubled their participation by also donating prizes for the event. And of course, we love our overall sponsors for going above and beyond to help us, Hill’s Meat Market (3203 Lower Huntington Rd) and Legacy Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning (6502 Bluffton Rd).”

Another popular feature of the event is all of the discounts and giveaways from Monday, August 15 to the 20th. This year the event headlines free tacos from Taco Bell, free umbrellas from Kingston Residence, and plenty of discounts on locally brewed drinks, up to 50% off purchases, and signups for giveaways.

To play the games for a chance to win the $500 as well as hundreds of dollars in other local gifts, and to receive the giveaways and discounts from over 25 local businesses, you will need to get your hands on a “Shop Waynedale” Gamebook. Gamebooks can be found at any of the participating businesses throughout the community and will be delivered inside the August 12 edition of The Waynedale News.

There is no purchase necessary to participate, and it’s not limited to just community members, so all are invited to come play. But, there is a catch. The event is only held for 6 days!

For more information about this event, click here or find it on Facebook here