Sun Prairie ‘Adventure Day’ honors spirit of late Cory Barr

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis.  –  More than two dozen Sun Prairie businesses opened their doors for the city’s first ever ‘Adventure Day’ Friday afternoon.

Free to families, the interactive scavenger hunt event allowed participants to visit each business for a stamp, before turning the stamps in for a chance to win donated prizes ranging from burgers for a year to a ride in a fire truck.

While the event was free, all donations gathered went to benefit Sun Prairie’s Sunshine Place.

It is just a testament to the Sun Prairie community,” said Sunshine Place Director of Development Susan Schmidt. 

Making the event even more special, however, was the fact it was thought up by a community hero.

It actually was the brainchild of Cory Barr,” said Deb Krebs, who represents the Bank of Sun Prairie. “He had this idea back when the Barr House was around. He always wanted to do some type of downtown scavenger hunt.”

Barr was also insistent that the event supported the Sunshine Place, which works to help families in need in the Sun Prairie community.

“He was always thinking of giving back and doing something that benefits Sunshine Place,” Krebs said. “It makes us feel good that we can make this come to fruition.”

For the businesses involved, Friday’s event wasn’t done with money in mind. 

We all are struggling through this pandemic,” said Dan Callies, owner of Eddies Ale House. “But everyone is just willing to give off the top to help Sunshine Place in Cory’s name.”

For Callies and others, the sign of generosity was another way to honor their friend.

Being able to celebrate Cory’s life now in this way, I think it’s a great thing,” he said. “It’s a great feeling.”