Purcellville launches family-friendly scavenger hunt for painted rocks

One of the painted rocks featured in the Purcellville Rocks scavenger hunt. 

At a time when families are looking for fun and fairly safe activities, the town of Purcellville has developed a creative scavenger hunt for painted rocks.

Launched by the town’s parks and recreation division, “Purcellville Rocks” began on Aug. 15 and will run until Oct. 4.

The scavenger hunt includes 20 rocks painted by local artist Marion Esposito. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Aug. 15 through Sept. 28, a new painted rock will be placed in a Purcellville park, trail or other public space.

A photo of the painted rock will be posted on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Facebook page at 10 a.m. each of the days and along with a clue about where it is located.

Participants should take a photo holding the rock and post it in the comments section of the Facebook post for that specific rock. There is a secret code on the bottom of the rock, and participants are asked to keep track of the codes in order to register for a chance to win a prize.

After finding the rock, place it back in the same place for others to find.

Ten participants will win two $10 vouchers to use at any of the Purcellville businesses participating in the pandemic-relief voucher program. A second drawing for another set of two $10 vouchers will be held for anyone who correctly answers the bonus question on the registration form.

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