West Bend, Wisconsin – Cache Ba$h
WEST BEND, Wis. – It’s almost time for the 6th annual West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h!
Nearly 600 teams from 30 states and six countries are already signed up for this free, family-friendly geocaching mega-event in West Bend, the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest TM. The Cache Ba$h will be held on August 9-10 in West Bend’s Regner Park with a cash raffle totaling $1,000 and tons of other great prizes! The event draws all different demographics – from families with small children to teens and older couples. Whether your group is just delving into the world of geocaching, or you’re already a die-hard, you’re welcome at the Cache Ba$h.
This year, 65 new permanent caches have been established for the event, bringing West Bend’s total to more than 1,100 caches within a 10-mile radius of the city.
Geocaching, a high-tech version of hide-and seek, has adventurers using GPS devices to locate hidden treasures known as caches. It began in May of 2000, when the White House decided to make high-quality global positioning satellite signals, previously reserved only for government and military use, available to the general public. One GPS enthusiast in Oregon decided to test the accuracy of the new technology by hiding a target in the woods, posting its coordinates on-line, then sitting back to see who might find it. Geocaching was born.
The West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h began in 2008 with about 400 teams. It’s now estimated that the nearly 2,000 people who pilgrimage to West Bend for the event bring in more than $400,000 to the city each year, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and shopping the bustling downtown retail district.
While in town, cachers won’t want to miss the opportunity to hike along the Eisenbahn State Trail, enjoy a meal at one of the dozens of local eateries cooking up fresh, home-cooked delights, or stop by one of the city’s four distinct museums, revealing the storied history of Washington County. Geocaching art lovers should plan to visit the newly reopened Museum of Wisconsin Art, in its new 32,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility along the banks of the Milwaukee River.
Nestled in the northern Kettle Moraine and set against the picturesque backdrop of its historic downtown, West Bend is less than an hour from Milwaukee and hosts the perfect mix of small town charm and big city amenities.
To learn more about the Cache Ba$h, log on to visitwestbendwi.com/cache-bash/ or call (262) 338-2666.