Rosie Gregg and her father Phil Houle-Gregg finished the challenge in just under an hour and won the prize for being the first to finish. Photo submitted by Scott Kyba.

Wetaskiwin’s own Amazing Race style challenge has strong first event turnout

‘The Challenge’ Wetaskiwin is a free activity that encourages outdoor activity with prizes.

Co-owner of Wannasign Wetaskiwin, Scott Kyba, wanted to create an activity for all ages in Wetaskiwin that was safe to do and have fun with during COVID-19 times.

With this premise in mind, Kyba created “The Challenge.”

For the first ‘The Challenge’ event this past weekend, Aug. 22-23, Kyba posted six pictures taken around Wetaskiwin to the ‘Wetaskiwin R&R News’ Facebook page of different locations across Wetaskiwin. Participants had to figure out where the photos were taken, travel to that location, take a selfie or picture of themselves in that spot, and post their pictures to the ‘Wetaskiwin R&R News’ Facebook page.

When you submit all six pictures you are entered into a draw between all participants for a prize made up of gift certificates and special coupons for local businesses. If you were the first person to complete the challenge in the shortest amount of time, you won an additional prize.

Rosie Gregg and her father Phil Houle-Gregg finished the challenge in just under an hour and won the prize for being the first to finish.

“It provides a COVID friendly activity and something new to do and talk about with the chance of winning free stuff,” says Kyba. “Who doesn’t love free stuff?”

Participants also get an extra ballot for the prize draw if they make a purchase from the main sponsor during ‘The Challenge’. For ‘The Challenge’s’ debut run, Slicks Bar & Grill, was their largest sponsor.

The first certificate prize pool was around $450 Kyba says, all which are donations from the community.

Kyba says that when he came up with ‘The Challenge’, “originally I wanted to provide my community with something extra to do in a time of reduced normal summer events. However, very soon after I started talking to businesses and organizations about my idea I realized it had a lot more potential.”

Following the success of the first challenge, which was sponsored by Slicks Bar & Grill and Wannasign, many other local businesses have donated certificates and coupons to sweeten the prize pot for the next ‘The Challenge’ event.

These donations include: Fresh Grill $20, Angelos Pizza $20, The Skillet $26, Edmonton International Raceway $50, Wannasign $44, Mitchels Café $20, How Sweet It Is $20, Mickey’s Flowers $20, Peace Hills Pure Water $20, Napa Auto Parts $20, City of Wetaskiwin (Manluk Centre) $46, and Nios Bakery $20.

Future ‘The Challenge’ events will also take place over entire weekends. To participate and find out more on future ‘The Challenge’ dates, join the Facebook group ‘Wetaskiwin R&R News’ where updates will be posted.

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‘The Challenge’ participant. Photo submitted by Scott Kyba.

‘The Challenge’ participants. Photo submitted by Scott Kyba.

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