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OctoberTour contest will test knowledge of local history

As the 38th annual OctoberTour draws closer, Historic Salisbury Foundation has a challenge for residents and their families:
How much history do you know? And how much history can you spot around you?
The OctoberTour HistoryHunt is part scavenger hunt, part trivia challenge. Starting Saturday and continuing for seven weeks, Historic Salisbury will post trivia questions and scavenger hunt clues on the OctoberTour Facebook page and on its website at www.OctoberTour.com .
“We are fortunate to live in a city so full of history. One of the missions of HSF is to share and preserve our historic landmarks in Salisbury and Rowan County,” Lisa Cartner, this year’s OctoberTour chairwoman, said in a news release. “Our goal with both the HistoryHunt and OctoberTour is to spark an interest in history and appreciation for preservation in our community.”
Trivia questions may focus on knowledge of Salisbury or North Carolina history, including facts about the 12 historic properties featured on this year’s OctoberTour.
Scavenger hunt clues may prompt contestants to take a picture of themselves at a historic location. For example, since this year’s OctoberTour features history of the Confederate prison in Salisbury, one such clue might challenge contestants to take a picture of themselves dressed in Civil War blue or gray.
Each correct response earns one entry into a drawing for a pair of tickets to the 38th annual OctoberTour historic home tour on Oct. 12 and 13, and admission to the Patrons’ Porch, a private event where guests mingle with the homeowners on tour and event sponsors while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Contestants can submit one entry per week, but can earn a bonus entry by sharing the week’s trivia question on Facebook. The contest winner will be announced on Sept. 28.
A complete description of the contest, including official rules and deadlines, will be available on OctoberTour.com once the contest goes live this weekend.
This year’s OctoberTour offers guests an insider’s view of 12 historic properties during one of the South’s oldest and largest fall house tours.
Advance OctoberTour tickets will be going on sale in September at local merchants and at the Historic Salisbury Foundation office at 215 S. Depot St. Advance tickets may also be purchased online at www.OctoberTour.com .

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