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published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The thrill of the hunt
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
SEBRING -- Conditions in the Humane Society of Highlands County's dog and cat facilities are horrific, its president Judy Spiegel stated flatly.
"They are falling down. Literally," she said.
Because of the urgency, the society has already contracted for plans of a new facility. Once the plans are ready, the society will seek construction bids. Spiegel said until the bids are received there is no way of knowing exactly what the cost will be, but it may be in much more than $100,000.
The Humane Society here in Highlands County is not associated with the national Humane organization and receives no funding from it. The society exists entirely on donations.
It knows, however, that in difficult financial times many individuals, families, and businesses do not have spare funds to share. Which is why it has created two of the county's fun events - The Halloween Trail and Saturday's Flash Light Egg Hunt. For a small donation -- $15 in advance, $20 at the gate -- animal lovers can have a good time while doing a good deed.
They can even benefit by finding prize-holding eggs. The hunt occurs after dark, by flashlight (be sure to bring one). It is not an event for young children, but for teens and adults.
Volunteers hide 12,000 plastic eggs over a mile long trail through the woods. Prize coupons are hidden in the eggs. One egg is worth $2,500; another $1,000, thanks to donations by Dr. Daniel Parnassa M.D. and Bob Rhoades, respectively. Two thousand of the eggs contain prizes totaling more than $30,000, all donations from local businesses and residents.
But, Spiegel said, the after dark hunt is only part of the fun -- The Egg Games begin at 4 p.m.
For example, in the Egg Drop a participant drops a raw egg to a partner 30 feet below. The object is to catch the egg without breaking it. In the Egg Toss, partners play catch with a raw egg, while they move further and further apart. Spiegel recommends practicing at home; contest winners receive $200 or two tickets good for any Disney park.
But that's not all.
DJ J Money provides musical entertainment and delicious food like pulled pork sandwiches, grilled brauts, hot dogs and hamburgers are for sale, and Dairy Queen ice cream donated by the original Dairy Queen.
"It's going to a wonderful event," Spiegel said. "Free parking is available at the Sebring Raceway. A shuttle bus will transport participants to the event for $1 round trip.
"We encourage people to get here early to get the most fun for your ticket." It's a great date, and fun for a group.
There is still time to sponsor an egg. The deadline isn't until Friday. Call Spiegel at 214-6508.
I Could Do This! (by: Blindman~ - 4/26/2013)
This sounds like a lot of fun. A flashlight won't do me any good but I do have a dog with a keen sense of smell and she could sniff out the eggs. I'm just not sure about getting my wheelchair over a mile long path through the woods.
need to change (by: LSG - 4/24/2013)
They need to conatcat as many as they can for Breed rescues as well as get the word out on Mix breeds this will help all the animals in need, also get high school students and the 4h kids involved as well..There are so many positive ways that the community can help and the shelter can draw help from the community...
Wow (by: bAdLeY bEnT - 4/24/2013)
If I could get an egg worth $2,500 or even $1000 I could pay some bills and take my lady to dinner in her new dress.
863 (by: TrippyCup Mane - 4/24/2013)
I'd be trippin' for the $1000 or even $2,500
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