3rd annual Candy Cane Hunt begins

    Photo credit to Jasz Garrett/KINY

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - CBJ Parks & Recreation has started their third annual candy cane hunt downtown.

    Dawn Welch, Parks & Recreation Coordinator, explained how to find the candy canes.

    "You'll go to the businesses, you can see their number right there in the window. You're looking for numbers like that in the different business windows. Some of them are easily displayed on the window and some are like in the display or beyond so they can see everything. Obviously some of these buildings like the Wharf or the Senate mall, they're inside so you can't see it necessarily from the curb. But you should be able to see all of them from either the outside window or from outside the store, which is so that if you go after hours, you should be able to still find them, but some of them are more hidden than others. It's definitely a hunt this year."

    She said in the past two years, more adults have participated than children, but it's open to all.

    "It's for all ages which is noted especially by all of our prizes. We have more prizes that are for adults than for kids and so we really encourage all participants of all ages, and families to do it. There's lots of gift certificates. There's some toys, there's T-shirts, there are bottles of wine, there are prints. There's quite a variety of gifts. So many businesses have donated every year. It's our third year doing the candy cane hunt. It's just amazing to see how much support that they give."

    This year there's a total of 41 businesses participating, all located and spread out throughout downtown except one is located in the valley.

    Welch shared how to turn in the candy cane tracker for chances to win prizes.

    "You have until December 18th. And then your tracker needs to be submitted by December 19th at noon to be eligible for the drawing for lots of prizes donated by all of the participating businesses. And then you just submit your tracker, either online or you can bring it to the Parks and Recreation office and put your tickets in the bin."

    Pick up a candy cane tracker at City Hall, download one from the website, or email parks.rec@juneau.org and they will drop one in the mail.

    She added that there's a total of 10 times someone can have their name put in the drawing.

    "Large candy canes, like three feet, four feet high in the business windows. And if you find that large candy cane and take a selfie with it, and you submit your selfie, then we'll give you an extra bonus ticket in the drawing. Five you can get with that. And then there's five tickets you can get if you find all the numbers from the businesses, so you could have your name in the hat 10 times."

    Welch said what the city's goal is with the Candy Cane Hunt.

    "To explore downtown, to encourage people to shop local for the holidays. Sometimes people find a new store that they didn't know existed before. Maybe they don't buy anything but now they know for another time. Maybe they'll try it again for some other incidents and not just Christmas shopping. To get people outside and into enjoying our community."

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