Richmond County residents can win $500 by reading the newspaper and taking part in a community treasure hunt.
The Richmond County Daily Journal is launching its annual Golden Seashell Hunt on Wednesday. A gold-painted conch shell has been hidden on public property in Richmond County, and clues published in the paper over the next few weeks will help direct attentive readers to its location.
“We’re excited to present this fun, interactive contest to get readers involved with their local newspaper,” said Judy Cagle, the Daily Journal’s business development manager. “The Golden Seashell Hunt is a great way to explore Richmond County, support local businesses and win a $500 prize that’s sure to make someone’s summer a little brighter.”
Local advertisers support the Golden Seashell Hunt, and clues will appear periodically in a special advertising section of the Daily Journal. Clues also will be posted at participating businesses a full day in advance.
The only way to win the prize is to read the newspaper and visit Richmond County businesses, collect the clues and begin the search. Clues will not be shared by phone or online.
Treasure hunts promote community interest in the newspaper and unite area residents in a friendly competition to claim the prize. The Herald Hunt, an annual public puzzle competition organized by retired Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry, enjoys widespread participation among thousands of readers in South Florida.
Individuals or teams can participate in the Daily Journal’s Golden Seashell Hunt.
The person or people who find the seashell must bring it to the Daily Journal’s office during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, the winner must bring the official authorization form located with the seashell to prove authenticity.
Claiming the prize authorizes the Daily Journal to use your name and picture in the newspaper.
One clue will be announced in the paper each of the 12 times the special Golden Seashell Hunt advertising section is published.
Clues will be posted at participating stores 24 hours before they are published in the newspaper.
The seashell will be visible without moving any permanent structures. It may be slightly covered by grass or leaves, but it is not guaranteed that it will not be covered by debris.
There is only one authentic Richmond County Daily Journal Golden Seashell.
Clues are available only by purchasing the paper or stopping by participating local businesses.
If someone finds the seashell early, the Daily Journal will accept entries from an entry blank published in each additional advertising section until all 12 sections are published. This will be a second-chance drawing for a $100 prize.