Are you ready for the Challenge?

by Beth Higgins, Public Relations/Development Coordinator

What could be more fun than hanging out at the Museum and in Old Town Square on a warm August evening? Well, how about solving clues, eating great food, and winning prizes? Yes, you can!

It’s fun …

The Fort Collins Museum Foundation presents the Fourth Annual History Mystery Challenge on August 28 from 6 – 10 pm at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center. This crazy-fun event (unlike anything else in Fort Collins!) brings teams together for food, drinks, and sleuthing to support the Fort Collins Museum Foundation.

It’s challenging …

Teams of four to six players receive a Clue Book upon arrival. After enjoying catered hors d’oeuvres (really a light dinner) and refreshments (beer, wine and lemonade), teams assemble for the starting bell. Over twenty clues (hermetically sealed and kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnallsporch since noon that day) will lead players throughout Old Town to answer riddles. Players have only 90 minutes to return to the Museum, completed clue books in hand, to be eligible to win the impressive and coveted “Grand Prize.” While answers are tallied, participants may enjoy a second round of great food and beverages, participate in the costume contest for additional prizes, and perhaps receive a fabulous door prize from behind Curtain Number Two.

It’s a bit weird …

But that’s what makes it so much fun! The event never takes itself too seriously, and neither should the players. Cheating is not allowed: cheaters will be humilated on stage to the amusement of other, non-cheating players. Unique Team Costumes are encouraged, and unique Team Names are required (nothing like “Bill’s Team.” Yawn.) If you have less than four to six players we’ll pair you up with others, and if you can’t think of a team name, we’ll name your team (but you’ve been warned!).

Stuck on a clue? Find a strangely dressed “Clue Salesperson” and BUY a clue! (And who hasn’t wanted to do that, at one time or another?) Or, if you only have a couple of bucks, you can buy a hint. But this is a fundraiser, so please, bring your wallet!

Some necessary details…

  • Registration begins July 15 and closes August 23. Space is limited! Check the website for complete rules and registration information, or call (970) 221-6738.
  • $25 per person. Fee includes food, two drink tickets, entry into prize drawings, and potential to win fabulous and coveted prizes.
  • Must be over 21 to participate (there’s beer and wine, that’s why).

Seriously – don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, fun, crazy event. Call the Museum or check the website for details!!

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