Your Neighbor in Real Estate: QR Codes+Greek Festival+ Scavenger Hunt = Fun in Camarillo, CA

QR Codes+Greek Festival+ Scavenger Hunt = Fun in Camarillo, CA

QR Codes+Greek Festival+ Scavenger Hunt = Fun in Camarillo, CA.Oxnard CA Realtor

What do QR Codes have in common with a Greek Festival and a Scavenger Hunt?

Well it seems that you will find all three at this year's Greek Festival in Camarillo, CA.

The annual Greek Festival in Camarillo, CA. has been held in Ventura County for the past 33 years at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church near the Camarillo Airport.

It has always had great traditional foods and fun and games, but this year a new 'techie" twist has been added.

All the posters that advertise the festival will contain a quick response code (QR Code). And so by using their smart phones to scan it, they will be directed to where the next clue is, and they go to that booth. It is a scavenger hunt where the prize will be a necklace valued at $500, donated by George Thompson.

The festival organizers are also using more social networking for advertising and marketing and less traditional TV and radio ads.

Lynn Mikelatos is the publicity chairwoman for the festival and owner of "The Greek at the Harbor," in Ventura. Her son Aris has created a video blog and will be doing the Greek table dance (picks up a table with his teeth and spins it around) and the wine dance (dancing with full glasses of red wine on his head).

The festival raises money to benefit the church, which will soon begin construction  at Woodcreek and Santa Rosa Roads in Camarillo, CA.

Many people visit this festival to partake of the culture, great food, and enjoy  the camaraderie of friends.

For those that are not familiar with the Quick response codes, here is a quick tutorial.

QR (Quick Response) codes are barcodes and they can encode a wide variety of information. The information can be a link to a website or contact information or any type of messages that you can think of.

Once you see these (below) I know you will recognize that you have seen them before or now that you know about them, you will begin to see them everywhere. The one on the left is an unadorned common  QR code. The one on the right is my personalized one, and they will both take you to the same place.

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Your smartphone camera  scans this and then it takes you to a website. You can practice with these, if you are unfamiliar with them. At the festival, after scanning you will be given a hint for the next booth on the scavenger hunt trail.

 

 

 

 

 

Please know that you must already have a QR reader loaded on your smartphone. There are many free ones and your phone may already come with one. So check it out and be ready at the Greek Festival to track down that treasure!

If this is all Greek to you, contact me and I will assist you.

When: The Festival goes from 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.pm Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Demetrious Greek Church, 400 Skyway Dr., behind the Camarillo airport.

Cost: $3.00 adults, free for kids 12 and under.

More info at http:///www.vcgreekfestival.org


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Comment balloon 15 commentsSandy Acevedo • June 23 2011 08:00PM

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Sandi:

This sounds like fun. Wish I was closer would attend. Love Greek food.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) about 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing this. I hope someone finds exactly what they're looking for here.

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas / www.AskRobLang.com) about 7 years ago

Hi Alan & Michele, I love Greek food too. We have one really nice Greek restaurant here.

 

Hi Lawrence, yep, me too.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Sandi, OMGosh that sounds like so much fun! WE have a Greek Festival here in the fall but there is no wine or table dance! The QR game sounds great!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 7 years ago

Hi Connie, This is definitely fun, but what surprised me was their unique use of the QR codes.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Sanki, the Greeks really do know how to put on great festivals.  We have near my house that outdoes itself twice a year with amazing food.  Now I'm remembering that I'm hungry.  Maybe some lamb for breakfast. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Patricia, twice a year? that would be great. And true Mediterranean food is healthy.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Very creative use of QR codes. Love the idea of combining technology with a scavenger hunt, and can't beat a good selection of Greek food while deciphering the clues!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 7 years ago

That's what I thought too, John. You would not expect a church festival using these tools that most others have not yet adopted.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Sandi, we have the Greek festivals here in Raleigh too which I've written about over the years, but this is such a great idea...  I'll pass it along to Holy Trinity here ~ might not be able to get is started this year but maybe next!!  Another great idea for using QR codes 
Pamela

P.S - I like the way you do your QR code!!  Which app/site do you use?

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 7 years ago

Hi Pamela, Yes I thought this was a great idea for QR codes and very forward thinking by the church. Regarding the QR codes, I used Google to generate mine and I followed Brad Andersohn's video on the subject almost verbatim. Here is the link  http://activerain.com/blogsview/1968675/how-to-create-your-customized-qr-code-images-

He uses Picnik and gives written and video instructions,  very easy!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

I adore a good scavenger hunt, especially when the prizes are interesting. A $500.00 necklace, too bad I do not live near by. San Diego does not have such an event.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) about 7 years ago

So true, about the interesting prize here. I wonder if there is less competition because you have to use the QR codes or more.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Sandi, this sounds like a Great Time to be had, Greek Food...scavenger hunt...what more can you ask for. BTW I loved your comment I totally agree with you Mediterranean cooking is one of the healthiest, my problem is I eat too much of it:))) Too bad I did not know about this earlier I would have went, hope you had a great time.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 7 years ago

Hi Endre, yeah portion control is a problem for me too. But at least you are eating a lot of the healthy stuff!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

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