Scavenger Hunt promotes York County businesses

Winners of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Community Scavenger Hunt on Saturday will need to know something about local businesses, how to manage their time and be tech savvy.

Between 75 and 100 residents in teams of four are expected to participate in the fourth annual event, said Alisha Rosenthal of the chamber. The teams have two hours to correctly answer about 50 questions about local businesses.

But it is more than having the answers, it is traveling to the business and tweeting a selfie of three team members with the hashtag #holidayhuntyc.

Strategy is also key to winning. Each scavenger question has a point value, ranging from 5 to 20 points. Participants won’t be able to make all 50 locations in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Tega Cay within the two-hour time limit so figuring out how to amass the most points is important.

Participants also have the chance to get some points before Saturday’s event via social media.

A like on the Buy Local Facebook page earns five points, a mention @BuyIntoItYorkCounty in a post about the Holiday Hunt event from a personal Facebook page earns 10 points, a positive comment on an original Holiday Hunt post from “BuyIntoItYorkCounty” earns five points and a sharing of an original Holiday Hunt post from the Buy Local Facebook page on your own Facebook page, earns 10 points.

On Twitter, a retweet of Holiday Hunt info from @BuyLocalYC, earns five points per original tweet. Mention @BuyLocalYC and use #holidayhunt in an original tweet from a personal profile earns 10 points for each tweet.

The maximum is one like, share or retweet of the Buy Local Facebook posts and @BuyLocalYC tweets per person.

A variety of prizes will be awarded, including highest and lowest scoring teams. Winners must be present Saturday at the Hampton Inn & Suites of Fort Mill to claim their prizes.

“It’s a game”’ Rosenthal said, but more importantly residents are learning about local businesses or businesses to come.

Rosenthal said buying local not only generates “local taxes that keep our roads and public services viable, but it’s used to pay the employees at the business. Those employees can then spend more with other businesses or donate to local charities.

“It’s about supporting our friends and neighbors in our hometown and building a stronger community.”

Don Worthington: 803-329-4066, @rhherald_donw

Community Scavenger Hunt

Registration for the scavenger hunt held by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Mill. There will be a “tech tent” for teams needing help with Twitter.

The hunt is from 2-4 p.m. with award ceremony following at the Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Mill.

For information, go to or call the chamber at 803-324-7500.