Keizer insurance agency sponsors scavenger hunt

Saddle up puzzle masters, it is time for a scavenger hunt.

The event will be on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone is free to join but there must be someone 18 or older in the party to enter a raffle for prizes.

The hunt is being hosted by Matthew Poteet, owner of the Poteet Insurance Agency, and sponsored by Farmers Insurance. Poteet made the event for everyone to get together in a safe way and to have some fun.

“We wanted this to be a celebration so we are asking businesses to turn their music up, have some games, and be ready to engage with everybody,” Poteet said.

Registration closes Thursday, May 6. Currently over 100 people have registered for the scavenger hunt and more are still expected to join. For more information and to join the hunt, visit

Due to COVID restrictions, clues for the event will be digital and everyone will be required to wear a mask. Players who have registered will receive a text on May 7 at 10 a.m. with their first clue. Once they go the first location, they may have to complete some challenges in order to get another clue for the next stop.

After all clues are solved, participants travel to a final location and receive a raffle ticket.

The raffle ticket can then be exchanged for a chance to win a prize. However, even if a player doesn’t win a big prize, there is still a chance they won’t walk away empty-handed.

“The goal is that everyone will walk away with something,” Poteet said.

Poteet said that he plans to give away merchandise to players once they have won and numerous local businesses have contributed additional prizes. He said the response to the event was so overwhelming that he had to cut off additional participation from local businesses.

One thing that really makes this scavenger hunt stand out from the others is that there are different adventures for people to go on. Players can choose to stay in Keizer or go to different parts of Salem. The journey is completely up to them based on the choices they make.