(THIS POST WAS TRANSFERRED FROM MY PREVIOUS BLOG)
I'll start with a disclaimer: I was in no way involved in the planning, organizing, or facilitating of this event; all of the credit goes to my fellow intern Naomi; I simply held a camera.
Meant to be a fun event for local youth, Edgerton's Amazing Race did a wonderful job of showcasing many of the unique features of the community. Contestants completed a series of activities that had them racing around the village, much like how participants on the Amazing Race t.v. series race around the world. While the challenges themselves were just for fun, and some were plain silly, the event had a real impact on Edgerton. The community came together to support Naomi both in the lead up to the big day and during the race. There was a group of interested residents that followed the contestants around to the various challenges. Many business owners and village staff volunteered to help supervise a challenge location.
At the end of the day, volunteers, participants, and their families gathered for a community BBQ. For me, it was a great example of an innovative, low cost way to foster community engagement.