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Barnstorming a shopping spree, scavenger hunt

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: April 15, 2017 5:00 AM
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BERLIN -- While a nice crowd of visitors is already expected for the weekend of Berlin Garage Sales, a fun-filled extravaganza will also take place on Saturday, April 29, as the annual Berlin Barnstorming event takes place throughout the day.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 Berlin businesses participate in Berlin Barnstorming.

"You can pick up a list of all the stores at any of the participating businesses, go in and find the hidden barn and you can hopefully do some shopping while you are there," said Nancy Ward, event coordinator and manager of The Homestead Restaurant in Berlin.

"When you find the barn, you fill out a ticket for that store. At 3:30 everything gets taken down to German Village, and at the stage there, they will start drawing the winners," Ward added.

Visitors will have two chances to win.

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When shoppers find the barn, they report it to a store employee and fill out a card with their name, which is entered in a drawing for a $20 gift card. They will also be included in the grand prize drawing.

All the drawings will be held in German Village outside the Gospel Bookstore, including the grand prize drawing, which includes gifts or gift cards from all the stores participating. That's more than $1,000 worth of prizes and goods in the gift basket.

The more barns you find throughout the day at different stores, the more chances you have to win.

"This event is something special for our town, kind of a fun scavenger hunt," said Jamie Swartzentruber, Sol's Palace manager. "It's kind of unique.

"We hide a barn in each of our stores. We hide the barn in different locations throughout the day."

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This year, Lerch's Donuts will be available for customers at Sol's, adding a little extra incentive to stop by.

Berlin Barnstorming is extremely popular among the locals, as well as visitors to the community.

Ward says the event is like a scavenger hunt for adults ... but the kids love it too.

"People come in here and their little kids are running around looking for the barns, and they do really well finding them," she said.

One family from the Columbus area comes to Berlin every year for this event.

"The kids really enjoy scouring the shelves of the stores for the barns," said Margaret Askew of Worthington. "We make several trips to this area a year. The kids enjoy being part of this."

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.


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