DELPHOS — Over the weekend, Jefferson’s Future Business Leaders of
America (FBLA) hosted its second flash business of the year — an escape
room event in the upstairs of Main Street’s Coins, Currency and
For $10 per person, participants had the the option of being “Trapped in the 80s” or escaping from an “Abandoned Toy Store.”
rooms are mystery/puzzle rooms in which players must search for clues
or hidden messages in order to either find a key or code for certain
At the FBLA escape rooms, cellphones were confiscated and
locked in a box which could only be opened with the final key found in
the room. Groups were then given a walkie talkie and 45 minutes to solve
the puzzle and escape.
Some clues are very well hidden. One clue
required players to search with a blacklight for a hidden message. A
group could also earn an additional clue by following the Jefferson FBLA
on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
With a $1,500 grant from First
Federal Bank, the FBLA has been able to host both the laser tagging
event and the escape rooms with much success.
“[The FBLA] sold 181
Escape Room experiences for $1,810 in total sales, surpassing our Laser
Tag business and blowing away our expectations,” McClurg said. “So many
customers commented how much fun they had, how clever the clues were
and that the experience exceeded their expectations.
“The students felt great about all the work they had put into designing the rooms.”
raised from these events will be used for the group’s downtown Delphos
revitalization project. The money will be used to purchase paint and
other supplies in order to revitalize the storefronts of downtown
Delphos in hopes that they will be more appealing to investors and be
overall more attractive to the members of the community.
FBLA’s next event will be a “Gamer’s Lounge,” which was previously to be
hosted on Feb. 25. Instead, the event will now be held the first week
of April in the new Career Connections Student Center at Jefferson High
“We were planning on using our new Virtual Reality gaming
systems, as well as some new technology from the student center.”
McClurg said. “We feel it will be the perfect environment for a gamer’s
lounge. We’ll make an announcement about the exact day and time as it