VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Reporter
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
More than 1,000 treasure hunters will converge on the area April 4-7 in the Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure (MOGA).
“This is the 10th anniversary of the world’s largest geocaching competition,” said Pam Rankin, director of MOGA 2013.
“We have 900 pre-registered and expect 200 more to walk in,” she added.
Rankin said that the Central Illinoi Geocaching Association suggested Lake Shelbyville this year because of the large Corps property and the number of hotels and campgrounds in the surrounding area.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
“There are 82 caches already published and another 195 on download for this area. The focus is on the competition of it,” Rankin said. She added that the caches are mostly on Corps property with a few in wildlife areas and a few in nearby state parks and stretching along the highway leading from Shelbyville to Sullivan.
“If you see somebody pulled off the side of the road check around signs or whatever, that’s what they are doing,” Rankin said.
This year’s competition for MOGA members is a Camelot-related theme with the main competition being held Saturday, April 6.
“There will be a lot of visitors to the area,” Rankin said.
To learn more about geocaching, visit geocaching.com.