On July 30th, 2016, almost 300 members of the community participated in the inaugural Tavern Trek, sponsored by the Aurora Alumni Association. Eight local establishments participated, offering food and drink specials to those who had purchased the Tavern Trek 2016 tickets and were wearing their official Trek t-shirts. These included The Mason Jar, James Place, The Aurora Inn, The Cabin, Doogan's, Papous Tap & Grille, Mad Jack's and the 1815 Tavern. The Association was proud to note that transportation between establishments was provided, as well vans were available to take Aurora residents home, to ensure everyone had a safe and fun time.
Prizes included a 50/50 raffle, gift card packs to randomly chosen trekkers who visited each establishment, and a cash award for "best picture" tagged on social media with #TavernTrek2016.
Net proceeds from the event will go to help the Aurora Alumni Association provide scholarships and put on the annual Hall of Fame induction banquet for Distinguished Alumni, Honored Educators and Athletic Hall of Fame recipients.
A Facebook page, Aurora Tavern Trek, has been created to show pictures from this year's event. In addition, the community is encouraged to "Like" this page to get complete details on the 2017 Tavern Trek. Tickets sold out quickly for this year's Trek. Next year's event is scheduled for July 29, 2017.