The teddy bears may not be able to participate in their annual picnic this year, but that won't stop the bears from having fun around town! On July 9, the Town of Okotoks has organized a Teddy Bear Hunt to replace the annual picnic – it’s like a scavenger hunt suited for physical distancing.
Displays of bears engaged in various activities will be set up around town. Families are encouraged to find these displays while maintaining physical distancing.
“We will have Teddy Bear Hunt maps available at our tent in front of the Recreation Centre starting at 9 am on July 9. We hope the children will enjoy going around town and visiting all the different displays. We will also have some free giveaways for the kids,” said Sherri Mullen, Okotoks Family Resource Centre Coordinator.
The Okotoks Environment & Sustainability team's display will be located at the Town's Environmental Education Centre, and will be providing information about the Town's environmental programs and initiatives.
Families are also encouraged to participate in the Town’s Teddy Bear Hunt contest. To enter, families are encouraged to take a photo of their favourite teddy bear display, upload the image on social media, and then tag the photo using the hashtag #OkotoksTeddyBearHunt. Two random photo winners will be selected on July 10 and each winner will receive a Kayben Farms Sunshine Adventure Park family pass.
Other businesses and organizations that will be setting up a display are the Alberta Health Services, Sweet Threads on Main, Foothills Animal Hospital, Foothills Children's Wellness Network, and many more. Participants can get more information about the services provided from staff at each display.