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Where's Waldo?

In Camden, of course!

Posted: July 6, 2017 10:33 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 different local businesses throughout the community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From Schmucker’s Amish General Store at 1040A Broad St. to Ole Timey Meat Market at 405 Rutledge St., and from Littlefield Growers at 907 Broad St. to Sweet Repeats at 1104 Campbell St., Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. 

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Camden, SC!” passport with the names of all the participating sites and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to Books on Broad and Coffee to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on Monday, July 31, from 4 until 5 p.m., with the top prize being a pre-paid $100 credit card donated by First Citizens Bank of Camden.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Where’s Waldo? books. Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late 1980s, and since then have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now more than 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into more than 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions. To celebrate such a special milestone, Waldo’s friend, Wenda, will also be hiding in Books on Broad and Coffee. Participants of Find Waldo Local will have double the fun searching for both Waldo and Wenda all month long.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Books on Broad and Coffee, for some hide-and-seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Camden, call Books on Broad and Coffee at 713-7323. 

Participating businesses include Books on Broad and Coffee; Box, Paper, Scissors; Boykin Furniture; Broad Street Lunch (BSL); Camden House of Pizza; Camden Jewelers; Candy’s at the Granary; Emmie’s Designs; Galaxy Computers; Goodale Jewelers; Habitat ReStore; Kimbrell’s Furniture; King Haigler Athletic Club; The Lily Pad Antiques & Mercantile; Littlefield Growers; Logan’s Appliance Center; Longleaf Flowers, Plants, & Gifts; Midlands Printing; Mulberry Market; Ole Timey Meat Market; Pink Stable; Roxie Hart Salon; Schmucker’s Amish General Store; Sweet Lili’s; and Sweet Repeats.

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