Where's Waldo?

Elusive book character creates summertime fun to support the shop local movement

— SubmittedJuly 2, 2013 

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Special to Sierra Star Look for Waldo in Mountain Area stores for a chance to win prizes.

SPECIAL TO SIERRA STAR LOOK FOR WALDO IN MOUNTAIN AREA STORES FOR A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES. — Special to Sierra Star Look for Waldo in Mountain Area stores for a chance to win prizes.

Where's Waldo? In Oakhurst, of course. The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting several different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. From Gift Works to The Forks, from Simple to Superb to Steve's Tropical Fish, 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," said Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a "Find Waldo Local in Oakhurst" 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 five or more sites can bring their passports back to Branches Books to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at ten or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-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. There are now more than 58 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they've been translated into 18 languages.

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 bookstores all across the country, including Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, 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.

Details: (559) 549-6672.

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