Saturday, June 16, 2007

Details on the Fandango Scavenger Hunt

Two weeks ago, my wife and I flew to El Paso and proceeded to drive the entire "Fandango Trail," starting in San Elizario and weaving through Big Bend, Dom Rock, Marfa, Marathon, Toyah, Valentine, Pecos and Alpine and then back to Austin. The purpose of the trip was to plot out the details of "the ultimate Fandango," the Fandango-themed scavenger hunt associated with the Rolling Roadshow tour screening of the film on July 18.

After much deliberation, a few beers and a thorough review of our scouting notes, we have decided on a strategy for this inaugural scavenger hunt of the 2007 tour. On July 13 at 5 PM, we are going to post a downloadable PDF on the Fandango page of the Rolling Roadshow website. This will contain the complete rules, task/item list and instructions for the scavenger hunt. Since this particular hunt will take you through a vast amount of Texas, we have decided to make it an open-ended start. You can begin the scavenger hunt anytime after July 13 at 5:00 PM. Check-in for the scavenger hunt will begin at 5:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM at the San Elizario Gazebo (the site of the screening) on July 18. We will announce the winners after the screening and the wedding. Among other things, the winning team will win an actual bottle of Dom Perignon with which they should toast the privilege of youth, middle or old age, whatever the case may be; autographed Fandango goodies and more TBA. The real prize, however, is available to all teams, to spend the day or days before the most intense screening of Fandango in history, paying homage to all of the shooting locations of the film.

Also, since we will be drawing fans from Austin, the El Paso area and even the entire world, there is no fixed starting position for the scavenger hunt. We will post a recommended skydiving facility near both El Paso and Austin, depending on your preference. Those wanting to more closely mirror the actual cinematic Fandango, however, will likely want to start from Austin, but be forewarned, the movie locations are all clustered much more closely to the El Paso part of our grand state.

For those who wish to start in Austin (as God intended) for the Fandango Scavenger Hunt, you can meet the Rolling Roadshow crew at 9:00 AM at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. We'll open up a bottle of Champagne to get you started and then hit the road together.

The Fandango scavenger hunt is limited to 20 teams. You can sign up a team for a nominal $5 at here. You will need to bring with you a digital camera with either a memory stick, smart media, compact flash, SD or XD card (or a different card and a USB card reader). Most of the scavenger hunt will be photo based, but you should bring along about $25 for expenses along the way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us, otherwise, we will see you soon in San Elizario for "the Ultimate Fandango!"

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