Hills and Lakes Fun Road Rally offers prizes, history lesson

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — The road trip is such a big part of American culture that it should be written about in history books. And one Highland Lakes museum is taking our love for cruising and combining it with the past.

On May 10, people can jump in their cars and trucks or on motorcycles for the first-ever Hills and Lakes Fun Road Rally to benefit the Falls on the Colorado Museum.

“We were looking for something that was a little different to do and would, maybe, bring in some people who don’t know about the museum,” said museum board chairwoman Fran McSpadden.

While the event is several weeks away, organizers are trying to drum up entrants as well as sponsors.

As a new event, McSpadden said people don’t have it scribbled down on their calendar as a regular activity, so she and other Falls on the Colorado Museum board members and volunteers are working to get the message out. Sponsorships will help keep the cost minimal while supporting a wonderful program.

The non-race road rally will raise money for the Falls on the Colorado Museum, which highlights the history of Marble Falls and surrounding communities.

“This gives us a little bit of history because it does touch things that have historical significance,” McSpadden said.

It also incorporates technology into the historical scavenger hunt. Teams of at least two people will head out starting at 1 p.m. from the museum, 2001 Broadway St. One person will handle the driving, while the other (or others) handle the texting.

“Once they head out, we’ll text them their first clue,” McSpadden said. “Then, they can text in their answer, and, if it’s correct, they earn points.”

If the answer is incorrect, officials text an additional tip. But then, the answer doesn’t earn as many points as had they correctly answered it on the first clue. Along the way, while exploring interesting spots in Burnet and Llano counties, teams can earn additional points at “pit stops.”

The top three teams based on points earn prizes, but there are additional ways to win.

“At one point on the routes, there will be a checkpoint where the teams can make a video,” McSpadden said. “They’ll bring the video back, and we’ll play them at the after-party.”

The best video could earn its team a prize as well.

McSpadden said the routes are about 40 miles or less and would probably take about two hours to complete. She emphasized that this is not a race.

“It’s all on public roads,” she said. “And you have to follow traffic laws.”

Points are awarded for correct time/mileage in following the assigned routes, puzzle solving and completion of tasks. The start and finish are at the Falls on the Colorado Museum.

The event is limited to 50 vehicles, so officials urge people to sign up soon. Registration is $75 per team if signed up before April 25. After that, registration jumps to $100.

Along with participants, officials are looking for additional sponsors.

After the rally, participants can enjoy a post-rally party featuring music, food and fun.

Go to hillsandlakesfunrally.co.nf to register, to learn about sponsorship opportunities or for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com