He's turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 different local businesses during the month of July.
Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. From Dragonwings Bookstore in downtown Waupaca to Mo's Dogs on West Fulton Street, from Moo's Dairy Bar at Clearwater Harbor to Turner's Farm Market on State Highway 54, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a "Find Waldo in Waupaca!" search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an "I Found Waldo" card for each Waldo they spot.
Collecting cards in 16 or more businesses and turning them in at Dragonwings Bookstore will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party on July 31.
The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from eight businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Dragonwings.
Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they've been translated into 18 languages.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores, including Dragonwings Bookstore in Waupaca, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses.
There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July.
For more information about hunting for Waldo in Waupaca, contact Dragonwings Bookstore at 108 N. Main St. Waupaca, 715-256-9186, www.dragonwings.com, or on facebook.
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