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Cumberland Caverns Talks Cave Safety With FOX 17

Cave Safety – Always Be Prepared When Exploring Underground

With 10,000 known caves, Tennessee has more caves per state than any other state in the nation. And explorers are finding new ones all the time. The crew at Cumberland Caverns has some important safety tips for explores planning an underground adventure.

When venturing underground remember your Rules of Three. Always have three sources of light and always cave with three people. And before you depart, remember to tell your friends and family where you are going. It’s very important to give clear details of your underground trip to people who are not accompanying you. Also, watch the weather and know the flooding patterns (if any) of the cave you plan to visit.

Our cave crew closely followed the story of the youth soccer team who became trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. We are all thankful for the successful rescue of the boys and their coach.

Matt Alvarez of FOX 17 in Nashville, TN, visited Cumberland Caverns and spoke to our cave crew about the importance of cave safety. Kelly Roberts said,

“Something like Thailand could happen in Tennessee. It would not happen in one of the commercial caves. Our cave does not flood, but even at the commercial caves that do flood they keep a close eye on the weather and they will shut down if there’s going to be any inkling that there’s going to be a flood or high water.”

During a recent interview with FOX 17, long time explorer Bill Walter shared the importance of safety when caving. With 65 years of caving and exploring experience, Bill is an expert. Once he even rescued people who became stuck in a cave on his property. Bill said,

“Wet caves can be dangerous too, of course, the Thailand incident gave everybody a picture of what can happen, and Tennessee caves can flood.”

Watch the video and read the full FOX 17 news story. Special thanks to Matt Alvarez for sharing the importance of caving safety.

All-Inclusive Cardwell Mountain Package

Cumberland Caverns: Weekend Full of Adventure!

If nature, quality time, and adventure are all at the top of your must-experience list this summer, look no further than Cumberland Caverns and the Upper Cumberland region to fill that order!

Are you looking for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank? For less than $70 per person, which includes tax, you and your crew of 10 or more can enjoy a weekend filled with fun at Cumberland Caverns. This summer we announced the opening of our all new Apple Brandy Trail guided hike. To celebrate, we have put together an all-inclusive Cardwell Mountain package that is sure to check off some items on your bucket list. Don’t have 10 people in your group? No worries, we will find a night when we already have folks on the books and reserve your getaway during that time.

All-Inclusive Cardwell Mountain Package $60 (plus tax)

  • Daily Walking Tour
  • Higgenbotham’s Revenge Caving Adventure
  • Dinner
  • Overnight Stay In The Cave
  • Breakfast
  • Apple Brandy Trail Guided Hike

The weekend will start off right with a Caveman Campout on a Friday or Saturday night. During your overnight excursion inside the cave, you will enjoy a Daily Walking Tour, explore the depths of the cavern on a Higgenbotham’s Revenge Adventure Tour, be treated to a delicious dinner, and bed down in our perfect 56-degree 10-acre room at your own campsite. Upon waking the next morning, breakfast will be served, and you will then be off on your next grand adventure, this time outside, on the Apple Brandy Trail guided hike. The 2-hour trek takes hikers across Cardwell Mountain on a beautiful scenic journey that combines nature and the rich history of Warren County. You and your group will be delighted by the stories, legends, and scenery of our area while enjoying the fresh air and all the best mother nature has to offer.

Explore More

If you are looking to extend your stay, you can add additional spelunking tours, check out a Cumberland Caverns Live concert, or visit any of the following great attractions within 30-45 mins of the cavern: Smooth Rapids Kayak Rental, Fall Creek Falls and Rock Island State Parks, ISHA, Canoe the Caney, The Retreat at Center Hill Lake, and don’t forget to take a stroll through our picturesque downtown McMinnville.

Come for the day or stay for the week. There’s always plenty of outdoor activities, beautiful landscapes, adventure, and fun to turn your family vacation into a memory of a lifetime.

Call 931-668-4396 for more information.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Friday Rocky Topper Adventure Tours – NO Reservations Required

Rocky Topper Adventure Tour Now Offered Every Friday-WITHOUT A RESERVATION

Are you bored with the same old summer routine? Escape the summer heat by going on an underground adventure! Every Friday, beginning June 29, grab your crew and head on down to Cumberland Caverns for an afternoon full of excitement and memory making fun!

Did I mention the cave has a natural air-conditioning system in place for the dog days of summer? You read that right, it stays a consistent 56 degrees inside the cave year-round which makes it a perfect escape any time you need a break. On this adventure, discovery will be the name of the game as you twist, turn, climb, and wind your way through passages deep within the cavern. While you are testing your abilities and gaining your confidence, laughter and good times will fuel your quest for the ultimate experience!

The Rocky Topper adventure tour is about ¾ of a mile, takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete, and is of moderate intensity. What will you need to make this the best spelunking day at the cave? We recommend pants instead of shorts, closed toe walking or hiking shoes, a love of nature, and a sense of adventure. We also suggest knee and elbow pads, but they are not required. What does Cumberland Caverns provide? We will equip you with an experienced guide and a lighted helmet to lead the way.

This spelunking trip is designed for ages 6 and up and takes you through some of the most loved areas of the cave- and with names like “Lemon Squeezer and Bubblegum Alley” you are guaranteed to have fun! So, grab your family and friends and join us at 1:00 p.m. CST every Friday and Saturday through August 31 for our Rocky Topper “No Reservations Required” Adventure Tour.


Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Kids Cave Free During Rutherford County Days

Rutherford County Residents Enjoy Free Child Admission During the Month of August!

Are you looking for adventure and one last reprieve from the summer heat before heading back to class? Cumberland Caverns has an exclusive offer for Rutherford County residents, but it’s only good for a limited time. Make the short drive out to the cave anytime during the month of August and enjoy 2 free children’s daily walking tour admissions when you purchase one adult ticket at full price. That’s a savings of over $27!

“We wanted to take this opportunity to invite our neighbors to come out and enjoy our beautiful spot on (and under) the mountain. There really is no better way to escape the heat and bustling city life than to get out in nature and into our perfect 56-degree cavern for some quality time and family fun,” says Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director for Cumberland Caverns.

A Unique Experience

On the Daily Walking Tour, guests can expect to experience a magical world hidden just beneath the earth’s surface. With sights and sounds to spark imagination and wonder, the 1.5 hour walk through the cave takes visitors on a journey through time, weaving the brave and historic tales of past explorers with fascinating facts about the caves discovery, formations and unique features.

“Cumberland Caverns has so much more to offer guests in addition to the underground excursions. Bring your lunch and enjoy a meal out under the pavilion, mine for gems in the all new sluice, or hike one of our beautiful trails. The cave is also centrally located to kayak rentals, ISHA, and Fall Creek Falls and Rock Island State Parks.” -Robby Black, General Manager

No Reservations Required

The no reservation required Daily Walking Tour leaves out every hour on the hour from 9-5 CST. To qualify for the free child’s admission, show your driver’s license or proof of residency from Rutherford County during check-in and be ready to make a memory to last a lifetime. If you are looking to test your strength, endurance and thrill-seeking levels, inquire about spending the night inside the cave or one of the many daytime adventure tours.

Call 931-668-4396 for more information.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Cumberland Caverns Ranks #19 On PEOPLE’S “100 Reasons To Love America”

PEOPLE’S “100 Reasons To Love America” lists Cumberland Caverns in the 19th spot!

PEOPLE Magazine is celebrating our nation’s independence with “100 Reasons To Love America.” Cumberland Caverns appears 19th on the list of PEOPLE’S favorites. This collection compiles 100 of America’s favorite people, places, things and ideas.

Over 32 miles of caves and underground passageways draw thousands of visitors to Cumberland Caverns each year. Here explorers of all skill levels can experience incredible underground rock formations, beautiful underground waterfalls, gleaming pools and much more.

Inside the Historic Volcano Room, 333’ below the surface, concertgoers are treated to near-perfect acoustics presented with a backdrop of amazing formations and unsurpassed beauty. The concert series, Cumberland Caverns Live, hosts a wide array of talent including The Head And The Heart, Shawn Mullins, Secret Sisters, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook and more!

Forbes, Time and Jetsetter have included music at Cumberland Caverns on some of their most prestigious lists of places you don’t want to miss. Now PEOPLE joins the ranks listing Cumberland Caverns among the top 20 reasons to love America!

The special July 2018 edition of PEOPLE Magazine is on sale now at newsstands across the country.

New Guided Hiking Adventure – Apple Brandy Trail

Apple Brandy Trail

Now Offering Guided Outdoor Hikes

The Apple Brandy Trail opens across Cardwell Mountain

Cumberland Caverns is known as the place “where adventures run deep,” but beginning May 5 guests will also be taken to great heights when the Apple Brandy Trail opens to the public. The all-new guided outdoor hike will take explorers ages 10 and up on a 2.5-mile moderate intensity trek across Cardwell Mountain. During this hiking excursion, groups will be immersed in nature and entertained and delighted by the history, legends, and secrets of the area.

“People visit Cumberland Caverns from all over the world and are fascinated by the stories and natural beauty of our location. We have been looking at ways to utilize more of our property to offer guests a broader experience and more reasons to stay and play in Warren County. Cardwell Mountain has been such an important part of this community, we knew we had to honor the land by telling her story to the world.” -Robby Black, General Manager

Most people know Warren County as the Nursery Capital of the World, but few know that the local economy staple took root on this very mountain with the thriving peach and apple orchards that grew here. Farmers, looking for a way to utilize and preserve their fruit crops, began what would become a very prosperous endeavor for many years to come making brandy. Therefore, the Apple Brandy Trail got its name from the apple and peach brandy trade in the 1800’s.

On this incredible journey, groups will learn about various other caves located on the property, Native American folklore, area wildlife and foliage, as well as various other facts and oddities of the mountain and its settlers.

“Some of the most intriguing aspects about this hike for me are the legends, stories, and artifacts left behind by the Native Americans who centuries ago called these woods home. And of course, the link we have to the Trail of Tears is both fascinating and heartbreaking. We know of at least one Indian Marker Tree located on our property which is a very exciting discovery.” Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director

Apple Brandy Trail hikes are currently being offered by reservation only. Later in the year, Cumberland Caverns will open another portion of land for guided nature hikes for school children and groups of all ages.

“We are hoping the addition of these trails and nature walks will encourage families to get out in nature and spend quality time connecting with one another by discovering and learning together. Quality time strengthens bonds and not only that but also provides numerous benefits to our health as well.” Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director

Whether you go 333’ below or 1300’ above, your adventure is waiting at Cumberland Caverns!

EmiSunshine Video “90 Miles” Shot At Cumberland Caverns

EmiSunshine Supports Autism Awareness
In New “90 Miles” Video

With her powerful song, “90 Miles” EmiSunshine is helping raise autism awareness. The Tennessee-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist selected Cumberland Caverns as the site of a new video to promote the song and its emotional message.

'90 Miles' by EmiSunshine

EmiSunshine brings awareneness to autism with her emotional original song, "90 Miles." #AutismAwarenessMonth #Autism

Posted by Country Rebel on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Video Credits
Director: Austin Albany
Camera: Nick Johnson
Grip/Production Assistant: Austin Coffey
Editor: Jon Doss
Produced By: Sublime Media Group

About EmiSunshine

Steeped in Appalachian music, Emi is a true vocal stylist. Influenced by legends (Loretta Lynn/Tanya Tucker/ The Louvin Brothers), she is a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. The sassy, strikingly powerful, ultra entertainer is bound and determined to follow in their footsteps, and while she has some pretty big shoes to fill, this little lady fits the bill.

Emi launched her professional career performing at churches, community outings, and local festivals. It’s the spectacular 2014 performance at a Tennessee flea market that skyrocketed her career to become a worldwide phenomenon when a video of her stage show went viral on YouTube. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers.

Follow EmiSunshine Online

Daily Walking Tours

Take a Daily Walking Tour of the cave where EmiSunshine filmed “90 Miles”. Also see incredible formations, a historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Birds Of Prey At Cumberland Caverns – May 5

Birds of Prey & Snakes in the World Famous Volcano Room

May 5th, $5 Tickets

Bring the entire family out to Cumberland Caverns on May 5th at 4:00 PM for an action-packed adventure deep within the cave. Monica Johnson, Park Ranger with the State of Tennessee, will take center stage in the world-famous Volcano Room with a few of her close friends-Birds of Prey and some well-behaved snakes.

You will be entertained by the unpredictable nature of the birds and reptiles, captivated by their beauty, and educated by fascinating facts. For less than the cost of a movie, you and your family can take advantage of this amazing offer and opportunity to help support the state wildlife program while enjoying nature at its finest.

Tickets to the event are $5 per person with 100% going to support the Birds of Prey program!

Caveman Campout & Birds of Prey

If you are looking for an incredible, memory-making adventure, book a Caveman Campout and enjoy the Birds of Prey show at no additional charge!  Included in your overnight package: Birds of Prey Event, Rocky Topper Adventure Tour, Daily Walking Tour, sleep inside the cave, and wake up to a hot breakfast the next morning.

Call 931-668-4396 to reserve your spot! Take advantage of our special $45 per person pricing by using code: CCBOP2018. No minimum number required to stay on May 5th.


Cumberland Caverns – Where Adventures Run Deep!

Cumberland Caverns Founder, Roy A. Davis, Jr. Passes Away

Honoring Cumberland Caverns Founder, Roy A. Davis, Jr. 

January 18, 1934 – March 31,2018

This week marks the end of an era on Cardwell Mountain with the passing of Cumberland Caverns beloved founder, Roy A. Davis, Jr. Mr. Davis was born and raised in Indiana but would later make Warren County his home after falling in love with a little-known cave in the rural Tennessee hills named “Higgenbotham’s” after the original discoverer in 1810. With the help of his friend and fellow caver, Tank Gorin, and landowner A.W. Powell, Roy’s dream to share the beauty of his special cave with the world became a reality in July 1956 when Cumberland Caverns welcomed its first guests.

World-renowned as an expert in caves, Roy was instrumental in helping to establish, commercialize, and light a great number of spectacular show caves during his lifetime.

Longtime Friends Remember Roy Fondly

“Roy Davis was loved and respected by hundreds of leaders in the cave industry. He not only developed Cumberland Caverns but had huge projects in Meramec Caverns, Ruby Falls, Luray Caverns, Howe Caverns and many other caves in the USA. Roy also developed several caverns in the Caribbean. Many will remember Roy for his faith, his love for others, as well as his love for fun and adventure. He will be greatly missed.”- Jack Herschend, Herschend Family Entertainment


“To many people, Roy Davis was a hero! In the caving world, Roy Davis was known around the world as a master of commercializing and lighting caves. He made a huge time investment here in Warren County opening Cumberland Caverns for commercial tours in 1956. That investment has brought millions of tourists through Warren County and has provided jobs for countless teenagers and adults alike over the 62 years that Cumberland Caverns has been in operation. Roy helped to shape the lives of many of Warren County’s youth including mine. Roy will be missed here on Cardwell Mountain!”- Robby Black, General Manager, Cumberland Caverns


“Roy was more than just a cave explorer and entrepreneur. He was an employer, a trusted guide, a preacher and someone who loved adventure whether it was in the forest on at the controls of a mighty Wurlitzer. Roy’s life touched so many others that the stories will never cease, nor should they, because when eternity comes Roy is likely to be serving as St. Peter’s marketing director.”- Ed Yarbrough, Attorney and Former Cave Guide

Mr. Davis possessed a great amount of talent and successfully wore many hats during his lifetime. His creativity and ingenuity knew no bounds and evidence of that can be found by stepping 333’ below the surface and looking up at the magnificent chandelier he rescued from the Loews Metropolitan Theater in NY that now graces the ceiling of the Volcano Room inside Cumberland Caverns. Roy lived a very full life and to name all his accomplishments would fill several books. It is extremely hard to put into words his contribution to countless numbers of children and their families, not to mention this community and state as a whole.

Roy breathed life and poured love into Cumberland Caverns, which in turn has blessed this community and will continue to amaze, excite, and entertain the entire world for generations to come.


Services for Roy A. Davis, Jr will be held at 2:00 pm CST, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the First Christian Church of Sparta. Visitation will be from 1:00 CST until the time of service.

World’s Largest Diamond Discovered In Middle Tennessee

Cardwell Mountain Finally Gives Up Her Secrets After The World’s Largest Diamond Is Discovered In Middle Tennessee

The world’s largest diamond has been discovered hidden deep below the Tennessee mountains in a remote area of Warren County located on the Cumberland Plateau. This region, rich in heritage and history, now has another jewel in its crown with this uncovering of momentous proportions.

“When we first laid eyes on the gem, we weren’t exactly sure what we had, but we knew it was priceless and something that needed to be shared with the world. We are extremely excited for everyone to come and experience this once in a lifetime discovery.” -Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director for Cumberland Caverns

Visitors have been pouring in from all around the world to witness the beauty and take in the wonders of the cave for the past 62 years, and with the unveiling of this jewel, attendance numbers are set to skyrocket.

“Gems of this magnitude and clarity are the rarest, but the fact it has been unearthed inside a commercial cave in Tennessee is unfathomable,” said Yardis Alpolfo, world renowned gemologist and former cave guide.

Recently, a contest was held to find a name fitting for a jewel of this magnitude and “Prila Lofo” which is Rapil for “Live” was the overall winner for its beauty and simplicity. The diamond, ‘Cumberland Caverns Live,’ symbolizes the magnificence of growth and hidden treasures 333’ below the surface. The cave welcomes you to come and experience the magic for yourself while making memories that will last a lifetime.


Make sure you prank your family and friends today!

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey Show 2018

Learn More About The Birds Of Prey Show

People often ask “what animals can you find inside Cumberland Caverns?” It’s not very often we can reply “birds and snakes have been discovered inside the Volcano Room,” but for three more dates in 2018, that will be our answer as the Birds of Prey take the stage.

Monica Johnson, Park Ranger at Cumberland Mountain State Park, joins us for an hour-long program to introduce and educate guests on the types of predatory birds and snakes found in Tennessee.

Visitors are encouraged to participate by answering questions for prizes, and various feathers, bones, and props are sent around the room for a unique, hands-on experience.

Show Information

Dates: May 5, August 25, October 6
All shows begin at 4:00 pm CST

$5 per person with 100% of ticket sales going to the Birds of Prey program.

The Birds of Prey show is included with the purchase of a Caveman Campout on those dates listed ($47). Check-in times for overnights on those days will be at 3:00 PM inside the cave.


Contact us for more information!

333’ below is a perfect place to combine education, exploration, and adventure,  and we welcome you to join us for this special event. Come for the show and stay for the night. Call 931-668-4396 or email us at for more information.

Spirits of the Caverns Lantern Tours

Spirits of the Caverns Social

Book Spirits of the Caverns Lantern Tour For Oct. 26-31

Are you ready to venture into the darkness of the cave this Halloween?

If you are among the brave, book your reservation for Spirits of the Caverns Lantern Tour. This tour will take you further back into the cave than any other walking tour before. You will enjoy the incredible stories of the caves colorful and eerie past.


Dates & Tickets

  • Available Oct. 26-31 beginning at 5:30 PM (CST)
  • Call (931) 668-4396 to make reservations
  • $21 Adult Ticket
  • $13 Children (ages 12 and under)
  • Not recommended for children under 10

Mysterious Footprints

Spirit of the Caverns FootprintsStories have circulated for years about the appearance of bare footprints appearing inside Cumberland Caverns in the 10-acre room and beyond. The footprints always spring up from nowhere, without a beginning or an end. They appear where no living soul has been for days. The footprints also lead and then vanish, into nothingness. Some are very distorted while others are near perfect. Often there’s only one print and other times there’s a cluster of uncertainty going in many directions all at once. Join us to see these mysterious footprints for yourself!

Cumberland Caverns Primitive Camping Adventure

Book Your Primitive Camping Spot At Cumberland Caverns

We now offer primitive camping spots at Cumberland Caverns. Take advantage of our beautiful setting here on the Cumberland Plateau. Bring your camping gear to enjoy caving and wildlife in your own little backyard. Water/electric hookups are not available. However, we do have restrooms and showers on site.

How It Works

Our Primitive Camping spots are just $5 a day and require a Driver’s Licence and Licence Plate Number at check-in. Reservations must be made over the phone at (931) 668-4396.

Trick Or Treating & Movie Night In The Cave – Oct 21

Trick or Treating & Movie Night Oct. 21

Bring your family to Cumberland Caverns for a family-friendly night of Trick or Treating in the cave! Wear your favorite costume and be ready to have fun. Plus, we will also have a special showing of “Goosebumps” the movie! It’s a Halloween tradition for kids of all ages!

Trick or Treating starts at 4 p.m. CST
“Goosebumps” movie starts at 6 p.m. CST
$5 per person
$15 Family Four Pack Special

Our friends at 105.3 WOW Country will be at the cave doing a live remote broadcast from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. During this time they will be giving away lots of great prizes including free movie passes, adventures, concert tickets, and even four tickets to the Tennessee/Vanderbilt game!

New Lantern Tour Unveiled At Cumberland Caverns For October

Lantern Tour At Cumberland Caverns

Join us to see what waits beyond the darkness in our all-new Lantern Tour!

People have often asked what is just beyond the darkness of the 10-acre room? Now that question will be answered when you join us during the month of October for our brand-new Lantern Tour.

The warm glow of the lantern will guide you further into the cave than ever before on the Daily Walking Tour. In this 1.5 hour excursion, you will experience stories of the caverns before electricity made it into the caves, witness fascinating historical graffiti, catch a glimpse of gypsum lining the walls and maybe even see a bat that lives in the caverns! Also, discover stories of how the community would come together for ‘Hay Wagon Parties’ to enjoy fellowship, music, and friendship long ago.

Departs Daily at 5:30 PM (CST)
Reservations Required

  • $35 Adult Ticket with Lantern Purchase
  • $21 Adult Ticket
  • $13 for Children Ages 6-12
  • Free for Children Ages 5 and under

Lantern Tour

Departing every day at 5:30 pm CST, we will step back in time and trace the footsteps of early explorers to show you the cave like you have never seen it before. Exploration and imagination are heightened amidst the warm amber glow of a natural flame as you are guided further into the cave than has ever been offered on our Daily Walking Tour.

This extended walking tour will take you back to the Devil’s Quarry (a spectacular breakdown area) and will lead you past the entrances to our most popular adventure tours. The Lantern Tour is for anyone wanting to see more of what waits just beyond the darkness, but are not quite ready to make the leap into spelunking.

Purchase Guidelines

During the month of October, this tour will be available by reservation only, limited to groups of 20 or less. This brand new tour will be offered at a special Daily Walking Tour price. Thinking about bringing your group? Call about our special rates for groups!

Book online or call Andrea today at 931-668-4396 to reserve your spot.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

2017 McMinnville Mountain Crawl – September 23

Mountain Crawl at Cumberland Caverns – September 23

The Mountain Crawl

Are you up for the challenge of the 2017 Mountain Crawl? Get ready to test your abilities deep within Cumberland Caverns as you run, climb and crawl your way to find hidden treasure, bicycle across the beautiful countryside of middle Tennessee and then set sail on a kayaking trip that leads to the finish line and some amazing prizes! If you think you and your friends have what it takes, register today!

Racers will enjoy three legs of the race beginning with a run through Cumberland Caverns (approx. 2 miles). Once leaving the cave, racers will transition twice starting with a cycling leg (bring your own bike) including a scenic ride into downtown McMinnville, then a kayak race courteous of Smooth Rapids Outfitters. *New route 2017: Participants will bike from Cumberland Caverns to Smooth Rapids (7.4 miles) and grab a supplied kayak there and paddle to the VFW (Approx 6 miles)!

Mountain Crawl is set for September 23, 2017, at 9 AM (CST). Register as an individual or a team.

Race Day Registration
Individual: $45
Team: $75

A FREE event t-shirt is included in the registration fee. There will be live entertainment and refreshments available at Smooth Rapids following the event!

Learn more about the course, equipment needed, prizes and more at