Jessica Cejnar / Thursday, May 28 @ 1:25 p.m. / Community, Our Culture

Del Norters, Chamber Come Up With 'Hometown Heroes' Scavenger Hunt, Decoration Contest for Independence Day

COVID-19 may have canceled many annual Independence Day festivities, but Del Norte County will still be able to celebrate.

The community, local law enforcement and the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce will hold a home and business decoration contest and a Hometown Hero Scavenger Hunt in honor of the Fourth of July.

“There were two small groups who were talking about it that reached out to the chamber,” Executive Director Cindy Vosburg told the Wild Rivers Outpost on Thursday, referring to the two contests. “We felt that both their ideas had good merit and that we would like to help them, so we all got together and had been meeting and are putting it together.”

Decoration contest:
The decoration contest will be open to homes and businesses for free and will be distributed between community — Klamath, Smith River, Fort Dick, Crescent City and Gasquet-Hiouchi, according to a chamber news release. Contestants whose homes aren’t accessible or visible to motorists can enter the contest with a photo or video, according to the news release.

There will be prizes for best nighttime decor for business and residence and best daytime decor for business and residence, according to the news release.

Winners in each category will receive a certificate and residential winners will receive a $50 gift certificate from Home Depot. There will be one best of show winner who will receive a Custom Championship Belt and will be featured in the Del Norte Triplicate, Vosburg said.

Entry forms are due by June 26. The public will also have access to a map of the entries on social media.

Winners will be announced July 6.

Hometown Hero Scavenger Hunt
For this event, Del Norters are asked to nominate someone who has shown courage, strength and honor while living in the community by June 19.

A photo of 12 of these “hometown heroes” will be displayed at historic locations throughout the county. Those who provide the correct information about the location for all 12 heroes will be entered into a drawing for a certificate and a gift basket, delivered to them by one of the Hometown Heroes.

Information about each of these locations will be provided to the public July 2 and a map will be posted on social media, according to the news release.

“Del Norte County has faced hardships throughout our history and we have always emerged a stronger community,” Vosburg said in a written statement. “We are looking to provide you ways to learn more about the grit our community contains either with a hero, a historical site or a creative family providing decorations for you to enjoy. We hope these activities will add to an enjoyable weekend with your family as you safely interact with backyard barbecues, neighborhood firework shows and making memories during your Fourth of July weekend.”


Hometown Hero Nomination Form

Decoration Contest Entry Form


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