Celebrating his 25th anniversary, the famous children’s character from the Where’s Waldo? series could be found in Brilliant Books yesterday evening for the ‘Find Waldo Local’ Grand Prize Party.
Dozens of eager children gathered in the store to meet Waldo, share birthday cake and win prizes. Excitement was in the air as Waldo helped draw names from those who visited 20 or more of the participating downtown Traverse City businesses.
The lucky Grand Prize winners included Ania B. of Haslett, MI, who won a $100 Brilliant Books Gift Card, and Lily Joy G. of Traverse City, who took home all the Waldo books she could fit in a Brilliant Books tote bag.
An avid reader, Lily Joy, age 7, was thrilled with her prize, and stocked up on Waldo books, not for herself, but for her friends who helped her find Waldo.
Other prizes included action figures from Top Comics, Star Wars memorabilia from Mint on Card, a Great Lakes beach blanket from Momentum, cherry salsa from Cherry Republic, Front Street Blend popcorn from Popkies, assorted toy kits from Trains & Things Hobbies, and assorted gift cards from the other participating local businesses.
Part of a national Shop Local campaign put on by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association, Find Waldo Local was a month-long event hosted by Brilliant Books with the participation of 24 other local businesses.
Brilliant Books is located at 118 Front Street, downtown Traverse City. Call (231) 946-2665 for more information. Most events are free and open to the public.
Details of future events at Brilliant Books are posted at www.facebook.com/BrilliantBooks
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