“Where are the Totally Ninja Raccoons?”: A PA Wilds’ town creates fun for the summer
Where are the Totally Ninja Raccoons? Those funny raccoons will be hiding in 25 area businesses in Wellsboro, PA during July.
Every July for seven straight years, From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue has hosted the Candlewick Press search for Where’s Waldo, the publisher’s iconic cartoon character. Due to Covid-19, Candlewick canceled both the 2020 and the 2021 hunt.
In response, the local bookstore owned by author Kevin Coolidge decided to host the “Where Are the Totally Ninja Raccoons” search based on Coolidge’s “Totally Ninja Raccoon” action series for 7 to 10 year-old reluctant readers. The series is about three raccoon brothers who become ninjas.
The hunt for the three brothers begins Thursday, July 1st at 9 AM and ends at 6 PM on July 31st. This event gives both locals and tourists of all ages an opportunity to play.
Each participating business will have free passports, listing all the businesses where searchers can find the Ninja Raccoons. When a customer spots the raccoons, the business will stamp or sign the passport.
All passports must be turned in at From My Shelf Books & Gifts no later than 6 PM on Saturday, July 31st for prize eligibility.
“Visiting kids sometimes worry about not having time to search at all 25 businesses,” said Kasey Coolidge, manager of From My Shelf Books. “We reassure that everyone who plays has a chance to win prizes sponsored by the participating businesses.
For each place you find the Totally Ninja Raccoons and get your passport signed, your name goes on a ticket in the prize jar. We will draw for prizes on Sunday, Aug. 1st via Facebook Live at 1 PM. Winners need not be present to win.
Prizes include gift certificates and items donated by participating businesses, a variety of books, and Wellsboro Chamber Bucks.
The Ninja Raccoons will be hiding in these businesses located in Wellsboro and surrounding townships:
Dunham’s Dept. Store
From My Shelf Books & Gifts
In My Shoes
Karen’s Country Store
Kelly’s Canyon Country Crafts
Kevin Coolidge, Author
Moore’s Sports Center
Omi of the Canyon
Pag-Omar Farm Markets
Stacy Kay’s Cafe’
Tioga Office Products
Tony’s Italian Restaurant
Wellsboro House Restaurant & Brewery
Wellsboro Mini Mall
Wild Asaph Outfitters
Yellow Basket Shop
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