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.