As part of its shop local campaign for the holiday season, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is hosting another digital scavenger hunt.

By using the Traipse application, which can be downloaded to your smart phone, folks can engage with different local businesses by answering questions that can only be answered by being physically present inside the store.

The scavenger hunt begins Monday and runs through Dec. 22, but the app is currently available to download on both the Apple and Google playstores. Shoppers who downloaded the app during the last scavenger hunt will find that it will change over to the upcoming scavenger hunt.

Around 40 businesses are participating in the hunt, and the app gives you a list of the businesses and their contact information.

Then you’ll have to answer the question for the specific store that you’re in.

“They’ve hidden a word around their store somewhere, and you’ll have to find it and input it,” Shenandoah County Chamber President Sharon Baroncelli said. “You’ll then get points, and once you’ve visited and completed the hunt for 15 businesses, you’ll automatically be entered into the contest.”

Five winners will receive monetary prizes in the form of $100 worth of gift certificates. Each winner gets to choose which store they’d like the gift certificate to be from. The first two drawings will be held on Small Business Saturday.

The chamber used this app back in August during the annual “Yard Crawl” yard sale along U.S. 11 and the app received about 1,500 downloads during that weekend, Baroncelli said.

“It’s a new twist on exploring our small businesses. They have a lot to offer. You don't need to go online and buy online. You can get the app and traipse through our small businesses and get some great finds,” Baroncelli said. “There is just so much out local businesses have to offer, and we hope this encourages people to go exploring.”

Traipse is freely available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices and can be downloaded at: https://www.traipse.co/shenco

— Contact Matt Welch at mwelch@winchesterstar.com