Hunt is on in Durham for Waldo

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

The Regulator Bookshop and Sustain A Bull are co-sponsoring the second annual “Where's Waldo?” scavenger hunt this month. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 40 different local businesses through the month of July.

Those who spot Waldo or his dog Woof can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. A few of the businesses participating are Elmo’s Diner, Bull City Craft, Recyclique and Guglhupf.
The “Where’s Waldo?” hunt encourages reading and support of local businesses. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Durham!” passport at The Regulator Bookshop at 720 Ninth St. with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 15 or more sites can bring their passports back to The Regulator to collect prizes.
Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing July 31 at The Regulator, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. Other prizes include gift certificates, exercise class passes, and event tickets.
“Where’s Waldo?” is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late 1980s. Since then, the Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now more than 61 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, to present the scavenger hunt.
Sustain A Bull is an organization made up of local businesses that encourages consumers to buy from local merchants and producers, thereby keeping more money in the local economy.
There is no charge to participate in the Waldo events, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information, call 919-286-2700 or visit