The Harvey County Parks Department is hosting a scavenger hunt event of a different color this summer — participants will be looking for items while on horseback.

 

The horseback scavenger hunt will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. on June 24 at Harvey County East Park, located seven miles east of Newton on First Street and 1/4 mile north on East Lake Road.

 

Harvey County Parks Director Kass Miller said riders will be asked to seek out items around the park's trails.

 

"We're going to give them clues for 10 items along the trail," Miller said. "They'll have to use their imagination — the clues will be kind of vague."

 

Participants will start hunting at 9:30 a.m., heading out in staggered 10-minute intervals, and will take pictures of the items to prove they were found.

 

There will also be a poker run type game with clothespins that the teams collect along the way. Prizes will be awarded to the teams completing the scavenger hunt in the least amount of time.

 

"In case we have a tie, the team with the best poker hand wins," Miller explained.

 

Teams can be made up of one to four riders, but at least one rider on the team must be 21 years of age or older.

 

Participants will have to bring their own horses, but they do not necessarily have to be the four-legged kind.

 

"I'm not opposed to teams coming out with hobby horses or stick horses," Miller said.

 

There is no fee to participate in the horseback scavenger hunt, but teams must be preregistered before June 24.

 

This is the first time the Harvey County Parks Department has put on a horseback scavenger hunt.

 

"Each year, we put together a calendar of events and try to come up with some different ones," Miller said.

 

The parks department staff brainstorm ideas for activities that will appeal to different groups of people.

 

"Between East Park and West Park, we've got about 15 miles of horse trails," Miller said.

 

If the weather is uncooperative, the horseback scavenger hunt will be postponed until July 8.

 

For more information about the horseback scavenger hunt, including rules and registration information, contact Kass Miller at kmiller@harveycounty.com or call 316-283-5420.