Lettuce Chase

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Amazing Lettuce Chase participants Skye Pournazari, Tom Martin, Twyla Martin and Jessika Eidson take a group selfie at the old Possum Walk Hotel near Clearmont during the 2018 Amazing Lettuce Chase. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and features two different routes, one historic and one fun.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — In what has been billed as “the most fun you’ll have all summer,” Lettuce Dream is sponsoring its third annual Amazing Lettuce Chase on Saturday, June 22.

The event is a clue-to-clue adventure taking four-person teams on a 50-mile route around Maryville and Nodaway County. Cryptic rhyming clues lead participants on their chase which ends with a light dinner and dance at the Maryville Eagles.

The event is not a race, and starting times are staggered between 3 and 5 p.m. to avoid congestion. Organizers listened to feedback from their prior events and scheduled the event earlier in the summer with later starting times. In addition a second route with fewer historical clues has been added for the benefit of persons not native to the area.

Registration is $25 per person with four-person teams recommended. Registration is available online at lettucedream.org. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Teams select their start times. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes (option) and team names. Participants can win  prizes worth more than $1,500.

Chase participants receive free admission to a dance featuring the “Friends” band from St. Joseph with guest performances by Maryville’s Jason Barbosa. The dance, starting at 7:30 p.m., also is open to the public. During band breaks there will be performances by local artist and trivia contests.

The event is a major fundraiser for Lettuce Dream, a nonprofit enterprise that provides training for young adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities in a hydroponic greenhouse producing lettuce.

More information on the Amazing Lettuce Chase is available by calling 660-582-1730 or 660-582-1249.

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