Local leprechauns chase down elusive pot of gold

What could be more fun on a Saturday night than chasing down a wily leprechaun and stealing his pot of gold?

Maybe bringing along a group of friends and topping it off with a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.

Last Saturday found people scurrying around in downtown Merced for some St. Patty’s Day fun. It was all part of the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce’s (GMCC) first ever Leprechaun Pot of Gold Chase. It was based at Five Ten Bistro on Main Street.

Teams of six people – all wearin’ the green – followed clues and completed some challenging activities on their way to solving the limerick and capture the leprechaun. Two people from each team went to each challenge: one to complete the task and the other to make a video and post it as a Facebook check in. Once complete they were given the next clue.

There were eight clues in all so eight activity stations within a four block section of downtown. Each had a chamber volunteer waiting to instruct the hunters. For example, at one station participants had a decal tattoo of a four leaf clover applied to their forehead. At another they were required to hula hoop for a solid minute. And so the fun unfolded through the evening.

The teams were from United Way, Holiday Inn, Phoenix Creative Collective, Webcor, Doug Brown’s Leadership Merced Team, and Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The event was the brainchild of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee. It was Sue Emanivong of Tsunami Collaborations who had the idea of a Leprechaun Chase.

“Usually event ideas come from our Board of Directors,” began Genis Gifford of State Farm Insurance. He is on the chamber’s board and is the Chairperson of its Ambassador Committee. “This time the Ambassadors took Sue Emanivong’s (of Tsunami Collaborations) idea and developed a fun event that brought pizzazz into downtown.”

The winning team was Phoenix Creative Collective with hunters Bridget Mitchell, Joe Hypes, Debbie Fierro, Sandy Hay, Matt Capron, Madison Mitchell and Phil Fierro. The prize was a glass pot with Susan B. Anthony Gold Dollar coins. Certainly a treasure worth an evening of adventure to capture.

As the group of leprechaun hunters gathered back at Five Ten Bistro, a buffet dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage was shared and enjoyed by all. Watch the events list of the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce for sign up information for next year’s Pot of Gold Chase.

For more information about the Chamber visit online at mercedchamber.com, or call 384-7092.

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