For the second consecutive year, Publisher Rick Bacon has hidden a large conch shell for the Golden Seashell Hunt contest, which will make one astute reader $500 wealthier.
Longtime readers of the Daily Journal will recognize the concept. A shell is being hidden in a public-friendly place and clues as to the seashell’s whereabouts will be published every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until June 19 in the Daily Journal.
Bacon explained previous hunts have been very popular in Richmond County, and he wants to extend the fun into the summer.
He added that the seashell will be hidden outdoors on property open to the public. “That means it could be at any school, church, business or government location in the county,” Bacon explained. “There are some places we would not hide it. Among those are cemeteries and places where you could put yourself in danger getting to the seashell. You won’t find it in a divided highway median, for example, nor will it be behind a fence or on property marked private or no trespassing.”
There are some rules that apply:
The person finding the seashell must bring it to the Daily Journal office during regular business hours. In addition to bringing the shell, they must also bring the official authorization form, located inside the seashell, to verify its authenticity.
Claiming the prize authorizes the Daily Journal to use your name and picture in a news story.
Clues will appear on a page of the Daily Journal 12 times between today and June 19.
Clues will be posted at participating stores 24 hours after they are published in the newspaper.
If no one finds the seashell after 12 clues, one additional page will be published with a clue that leads people to the hiding spot.
The shell will be visible without moving any permanent structures, but may be obscured by grass, leaves or debris.
There is only one authentic Daily Journal Golden Seashell Hunt seashell.
Clues are available only by purchasing the newspaper or visiting a participating store.
If someone finds the seashell before the 10th page runs, the Daily Journal will accept entries from a blank entry form published on each of the remaining pages until the 12 pages have run. The entries will be for a second chance drawing for $100.