Let's Scramble! -- Saturday, October 18th

Top of the class, eh? But how do you fair in the school of hard work?

You’re strong; we get it. But can you muscle through mind-bending riddles?

Sure, you may have some wits, but can you keep them when the pressure is on?

The Scramble is "just enough 'strenuous' with
the perfect amount of 'silly,' " says organizer Becky Clinard.
Oglesby will put all sorts of racers to the test as it hosts its fifth-annual Scramble, the city’s version of Amazing Race thrown together with an old-fashioned scavenger hunt--the only one of its kind in the area.

This year’s Scramble will take place on Saturday, October 18th, at 11:30 a.m. Scrambling twosomes will begin at City Hall and traipse around town, solving clues, tackling riddles and laughing through physical tasks. For their efforts, teams could take home one of a handful of hefty cash prizes, including a $300 first prize.

“We think we’ve got another uniquely fun event lined up this year,” says organizer and City Clerk Becky Clinard.

The focus, after all, has always been on fun, she says.

Teams of two traipse around town, solving clues,
tackling riddles and laughing through physical tasks…
all while chasing the $300 first-place prize.
“Yeah, the Scramble is challenging, but it certainly isn’t grueling. And though teams stumble a bit over our tricks, you don’t have to be a genius to solve the riddles. 

“We think, over the years, we’ve really fine-tuned and streamlined the race to be just enough ‘strenuous’ with the perfect amount of ‘silly.’ 

“Because you need to be able to laugh at yourself,” she chuckles. 

“It’s just getting better every year.”

Past years’ Scramble challenges have included everything from dancing with the LP Cavalettes to solving a Clue-themed riddle, counting dozens of books on a library shelf, bowling at Dickinson House, participating in a drill at the firehouse, singing Jailhouse Rock at the police station, doing the chicken dance at a local watering hole, and collecting certain items for the food pantry.

And all that fun isn’t for nothing.
Whether you're book smart, muscle-bound or cool-headed--
or just looking for a fun Saturday afternoon and a crack
at some serious cash--join us for this exciting event!

In addition to the $300 first-place prize, the city will award $200 for second place, $100 for third place and a $50 best-dressed award. Special $100 prizes will be given to the first youth (13 to 21) and Seasoned Scrambler (40+) teams to cross the line.

And Scramblers aren’t the only folks who win. This year’s charity partner is Oglesby Police Department’s Shop with a Cop. Come Christmastime, officers take kids in need out for a day of fun, a nice meal and shopping for gifts for their families.

“It’s just a really quality program,” says Mayor Don Finley. “We’re glad to be partnering with something so close to home.”

Knowledge of Oglesby is helpful but not vital as participants are encouraged to seek help from the public. Race rules also encourage participants to bring a map of Oglesby, a cell phone with internet capabilities and a digital camera. Teams must also sport “matching uniforms.”

Scramble teams can register in advance for a $30/team fee. Race-day registration is available for $35. There is a 50 team limit, so register early. 

Team check-in begins at 11 a.m. the day of the Scramble, with costume judging at 11:15 a.m. 

Forms and waivers are available HERE. You can return them by mail or in person to Oglesby City Hall.

So, whether you’re book-smart, muscle-bound or cool-headed--or just looking for a fun Saturday afternoon and a crack at some serious cash--join us for this exciting event, right here in Oglesby.