The Pennsylvania town of Narberth has developed a creative way to invite residents and tourists to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season. Each year Narberth puts on the “Great Leprechaun Hunt.” This fun and festive event is a scavenger hunt with some great Irish flair. This year, nearly 800 children explored local businesses in search of hidden leprechauns and gold coins.  Kids started the hunt with a game card of clues and an empty black plastic pot-o’-gold. It was then their mission to fill their pot by finding the ten hidden leprechauns that shop owners set-up around town. When a leprechaun was found, they added the gold coin to their pot and then it was off to the next clue. Kids kept going until they had all ten coins. By the end of the hunt, little ones had earned 10 chocolate coins, and also received a golden U.S Dollar coin for completing the challenge.

LeprechaunPhoto Credit Donald D. Groff

Photo Credit Donald D. Groff

In addition to the scavenger hunt families took part in a variety of entertainment. This year GigMasters member and bagpiper Drew McLuckie was on site to add to the celebration. There were also Irish Dancers from The McDade-Cara Schools of Irish Dance, an Irish storyteller sharing tales throughout the day. All of the wonderful entertainment was accompanied by plenty of Irish themed food. 

Dancers

Photo Credit Donald D. Groff

The idea for this event was created by the Narberth’s Business District as a way for people to “discover” Narberth, a small Pennsylvania town sandwiched between two popular throughways. The walkability and collection of eclectic shops and restaurants make it an ideal location for the festive scavenger hunt.

Pot of Gold

Photo Credit Donald D. Groff

This fun event was started in 2007, when 13 retailers dressed as witches, and provided candy to children who followed clues during a Halloween event. It was so popular that the Business District decided to plan a similar event in the spring - this time with a green twist.  The first "Great Leprechaun Hunt" expected about 75 children ,and over 200 showed up! The Great Leprechaun Hunt has been growing ever since.

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