Nearly Impossible Scavenger Hunt List

Here it is! The list for the Nearly Impossible Scavenger Hunt. You now have until 4 p.m. today to gather up as much as can and bring it to the pavilion in the center of Penn Meadows Park. You won’t get everything, but the team with the most items wins bragging rights and gift cards to the North Liberty Recreation Center. Click download the list and see rules below:



1. Teams. No pre-registration required! Just gather some friends or family members for your team (no more than 6 people per team, please).

2. Acquisition of Items. All items on the list can and must be obtained and performed legally. Some items on the list might require a purchase from a local establishment. Do not ask establishments to donate items on this list.

3. Photo Authenticity. To ensure photos are taken on the day of (and for) the Scavenger Hunt, photos should include a piece of paper or poster with the phrase “#BeatTheBitter” in the photo somewhere. In lieu of this, teams may wear official Beat the Bitter apparel in the photos or participants may hold a Beat the Bitter handbill or poster. A judge will use his or her discretion when these rules are not followed.

3. Fair Play. This is assumed here in North Liberty, but sabotaging teams or their items can lead to immediate disqualification.

4. Start and End Time. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, the Nearly Impossible Scavenger Hunt list will be available. You’ll have until 4 p.m. to gather up as much as you can and bring it to the pavilion in the center of Penn Meadows Park.

5. Judging. At 4 p.m. at the pavilion in the center of Penn Meadows Park, a member of the Scavenger Hunt committee will complete the judging. Only one team member must be present for judging, but all are encouraged to attend (if only one attends please bring a list with the names and phone numbers of your fellow teammates). Prepare all items for judging (photos should be readily accessible, items should be present, etc.), including a highlighted list of the items you’ve acquired ready so that when a judge comes by, the process will go smoothly. Besides the laws of the State of Iowa and United States of America, there is just one rule: We won’t count any items that aren’t at the pavilion at 4 p.m. CST (we’re using as our official time keeper). All judging is final.

6. Prizes. You won’t get everything on the list, but the team with the most points wins bragging rights and gift cards to the North Liberty Recreation Center.

Winter is here, but we’ll Beat the Bitter

North Liberty, Iowa, December 5, 2016 —Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter — North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer — is ready for two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. Registration is now open.

Highlights include fireworks, a full slate of winter games, and the Sleeves ‘n’ Suds Snuggie Crawl.

We kick off with Fire & Ice Family Friday, culminating in fireworks at 7 p.m. But the good cheer will start in the afternoon with horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, a meet-and-greet with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and more, with a community bonfire also on tap. Events are free and open to the public.

Saturday begins with the Indomitable Snow Run 5K-ish obstacle run at 9 a.m., with more winter games throughout the day, including family and adult divisions of the Kick Winter in the Snow Ball kickball tournament, the Freeze Your Bags Off tournament and the Nearly Impossible Scavenger Hunt. Some games require registration. See details at

Saturday evening is given over to the Sleeves ‘n’ Suds Snuggie Crawl, an evening out with friends and neighbors. Registration includes an embroidered Beat the Bitter Snuggie (pick it up early to add the perfect finishing touches), a trolley to take crawlers to stops at BeerBurger, J&A Tap, Vito’s on 965, Reds Alehouse and Rocky O’Brien’s, as well as access to specials, games and activities at each establishment.
Other affiliated events will be hosted throughout North Liberty as part of Beat the Bitter, including Millstream Brewing and food pairings at the North Liberty Community Library on Thursday, Feb. 2, a Madhatter-style snow volleyball tournament on Friday, Feb. 3, at J&A Tap, and fat-tire bikes with Sugar Bottom Bikes and the annual Boys Scout Troop 218 chili supper on Saturday, Feb. 4. A full calendar, registration and details are available at

Beat the Bitter is organized by the North Liberty Community Betterment Group, a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our thanks to our sponsors JCI Johnson County, Adam Schechinger State Farm, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, Junge Ford North Liberty, Scheels and the City of North Liberty for their generous support.