July 8, 2013

Find Waldo in Oskaloosa

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Where’s Waldo? In Oskaloosa, of course.

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs in visiting 20 different local businesses throughout the community this July.

Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more.

From Fins & Things, 101 K Ave., to H&S Feed, 416 Highway 432, from Brooklyn’s Boutique, 710 S. Market St. to Shady Lodge Mercantile, 1002, South 11th St., Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments.

Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Oskaloosa Passport” with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot.

The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to Book Vault to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at all 20 participating businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

“Where’s Waldo” is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the “Where’s Waldo” books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 58 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into 18 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 265 independent book stores all across the country, including Book Vault in Oskaloosa, for some hide and seek fun, as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.

There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Oskaloosa, call Book Vault at (641) 676-1777.