Where's Waldo? In the Columbia Gorge!

Find Waldo in the Columbia River Gorge!

Where’s Waldo? He's hanging out at independent local businesses in the Columbia River Gorge of course! Waldo figures are turning up in local shops all around the Columbia River Gorge, from ice cream stores and outdoor sport shops to toy stores and restaurants in Hood River, Oregon, White Salmon, Washington and Bingen, Washington

Waldo turns twenty-five this year.  To celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped-shirt and black-rimmed specs, he's visiting twenty of your favorite local businesses all through the month of July.  If you spot him, you can win prizes -- including buttons, books, and more.

Start the search by picking up your “Find Waldo” flyer at Waucoma Bookstore, July 9- 31.  Each time you find Waldo at a different participating store during the month, you will collect a card showing where you found him.

If you or your parents purchase an item at a participating business in July, then you will be entered into a separate drawing for prizes from those businesses (you must show proof of purchase / reciept when you turn in your cards at the bookstore).  You will be entered into the drawing each time you purchase something from a participating business, so save your reciepts!

The drawing for prizes will occur on Friday, August 3rd.  Waucoma Bookstore will contact you if you win a prize.

Here are the participating businesses:

  • 2nd Wind -210 Oak St, Hood River, OR
  • 6th St.Bistro - 509 Cascade St., Hood River, OR
  • Columbia Center for the Arts - 215 Cascade St., Hood River, OR
  • Doppio Coffee - 310 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Doug's Sports - 101 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Feast Market - 320 E. Jewett, White Salmon, WA
  • G Wilikers - 202 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Gorge Dog - 412 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Hood River Bagel - 13 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Hood River County Chamber / Visitors Center - 720 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, OR
  • Hood River County Library (Hood River Branch) 502 State St., Hood River, OR
  • Hood River Hobbies - 110 4th St. Hood River, OR
  • Hood River Stationers - 213 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Mike's Ice Cream - 504 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Solstice Woodfire Cafe - 415 W. Steuben St., Bingen, WA
  • Sparkling Creations - 409 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Shortt Supply - 116 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Trillium Cafe - 207 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • Waucoma Bookstore - 212 Oak St., Hood River, OR
  • The Wearhouse - 208 Oak St., Hood River, OR

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987.  Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over.  There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages.  An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country -- including Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Oregon-- to generate fun and encourage people to visit local independent businesses.  There is no charge to participate. The game lasts the entire month of July. For more information about Finding for Waldo in the Columbia River Gorege, call Waucoma Bookstore at 541-386-5353.