Watch for Pokémon Go players at Harrison Park on Saturday

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A Pokémon Go augmented reality event taking place on Saturday could draw hundreds of players to Harrison Park, while raising funds to support United Way programs, executive director Francesca Dobbyn said Tuesday.

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Pokémon Go is an augmented reality mobile game based on the popular Japanese anime series. It allows “trainers” to “catch” wild Pokémon, hatch eggs, battle, and more.

Players pay $10 online to register, and the first 150 to register will receive a Pokémon-themed registration package waiting for them at the park. Registrants will be entered into a draw. Registration in the park on Saturday begins at 11:15 a.m.

Using their phone or tablet, players search for United Way-placed “Lures” at all Harrison Park “PokéStops” between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Participants will receive a sticker to represent their team as well as a Pokémon-themed cookie. There are over $1,500 in prizes up for grabs.

The event celebrates Pokémon Go “Stuffful” Community Day.

Stufful is a Pokémon that looks like a bear cub, is “small and super cute”, but has “extraordinary strength and attacks by waving its mighty arms”. It evolves into “Bewear”.

For more information, see the events section of the United Way website at www.ospogo.ca or at www.facebook.com/Unitedwaybrucegrey.

People must wear a mask when interacting with United Way staff and volunteers during the event, the press release said.

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