Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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June 28, 2012

Month-long Where's Waldo contest ready to launch

The Andover Bookstore has prepared a special event for July it's calling "Find Waldo Local."

The goal is to promote awareness of and support for Main Street businesses while celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Where's Waldo books, published by Candlewick. In Where's Waldo books the reader must find on each page a man with glasses and a red-and-white striped outfit.

"Starting on July 1st, we're placing six-inch Waldo standees in local businesses around town. Each business gets a stack of search lists with the names of the participating merchants and 100 cards that say 'I Found Waldo at _____.' Anyone who spots the Waldo standee and wants to play gets a card and a list of places to search," said the Andover Bookstore's Mairead Small Staid. "On July 31 there'll be a big Waldo shindig at our book store, with prizes for the players."

Andover organizations who have already signed on to participate are the children's room at Memorial Hall Library, Sweet Mimi's, the Andover Spa, Salon Forza, Learning Express, and Orange Leaf. The frozen yogurt shop has also agreed to donate Orange Leaf gift certificates to be raffled off with the prizes.

More businesses are welcome to join the scavenger hunt. Interested businesses can get in touch with Staid via events@hugobooksinc.com or through the bookstore's number, 978-475-0143.

Would-be Waldo-spotters can come to the bookstore at any point in July to begin their hunt.

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