Summerfest — goers can try orienteering

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Empire Orienteering Club will hold an orienteering event in Berne in conjunction with the day-long Berne Summerfest.

For those new to orienteering, this is a sport that involves using a map and compass to find control locations in the woods indicated by a flag. This paricular event will be a Score-O, where you can earn points for each of the control locations that you find within a two-hour period.

Participants can decide how long they wish to stay out searching for controls as long as they don’t exceed the two-hour limit. Instruction will be available for newcomers and compasses are available for rent.

The cost is $5 for a map. For more information regarding the orienteering event, check the Empire Orienteering Club website at or contact Phil Hawkes-Teeter at

The event will be located on the south end of Irish Hill Rd. in Berne, at the shale pit near the intersection with Willsie Road. Irish Hill Road is off of Route 443 in Berne. Participants may start their course anytime between 10 a.m. and noon.

Other Berne Summerfest activities will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Berne Town Park concluding with fireworks.

Additionally, there will be a breakfast at the Masonic Hall on Route  443 starting at 8 a.m.

For more information about Summerfest, please check out the link to Summerfest activities at

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