‘Amazing Race’ joins Beaver Valley May Days

Participants will use clues in sealed envelopes and proceed through a series of challenges set at locations around the annual festival.

While the CBS reality television version of “The Amazing Race” may have just wrapped up its season, that doesn’t mean that fans of the show have to wait until next year for the thrill, they can play the game at Beaver Valley May Days this year and actually win money, although not $1 million.

“It’s open to everybody from 12-years old to 112 so everything will be in walking distance, no driving will be involved,” said event organizer, Vickie Fitzpatrick. “It’ll be much like the TV version, it’ll depend on back-power, brain-power, and fun.”

Participants will start at Haines Park in Fruitvale at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and, using clues provided in sealed envelopes, proceed through a series of challenges set at various locations around the festival.

“The challenges are top secret,” said Fitzpatrick. “There will be four or five different events and the competitors will have to complete them in the proper way or they’ll have to go back and repeat them. They have to read the clues carefully to make sure they get them right.”

The various events will be judged by a crack team of discerning judges made up of Beaver Valley seniors specially recruited for the event.

Registration for the event will be open at Haines Park Saturday and Fitzpatrick is hoping to have as many as possible registered, the day before the event, to assist with the planning and coordination by knowing the numbers involved in the Sunday competition.

“It’s $5 per person to register and we’ll have two-person teams competing against each other,” Fitzpatrick said. “First team across the line takes the money so there could be some stiff competition. It should be fun and funny for competitors and spectators.”

The Beaver Valley May Days weekend kicks off Friday with Ed Wilcox presented with the Citizen of the Year ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Curling Club. The night will be capped off by the fireworks at dusk.

Saturday features the popular parade beginning at noon with an assortment of sporting events and musical entertainment throughout the day.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.beavervalleymaydays.com