The President's Day Weekend Winter Festival Annual Medallion Treasure Hunt officially begins today.
The 3- by 5-inch Treasure Hunt Medallion (created especially for the 2006 Festival by artist David Stutzman from a naturally shed antler), has been hidden somewhere in Chautauqua County on public property.
Placed in a white plastic case for protection from the elements, the Medallion bearing the I.C.E. logo is not hidden below ground level and no higher than 6 feet above ground level. It is not hidden on any body of water or in the water. Treasure hunters seek at their own risk.
Please note that Winter Festival Committee members, employees of Northwest Savings Bank (who is donating the cash prize), as well as last year's winner are not eligible to participate.
Daily clues will be given Feb. 6-10 and Feb. 13-17, in the Jamestown Post Journal, the OBSERVER and radio stations WJTN, SE93, THE FOX, WKSN, and WHUG.
Per the rules, treasure hunters need to have registered by the Feb. 5 deadline (as released in a previous press release) in order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize of $250 in cash donated by Northwest Savings Bank, as well as prize packages donated by Athenaeum Hotel, The Maple Inn, and Chautauqua Institution.
If you were not able to register by the deadline, you can still participate and be eligible for a cash prize of $125 donated by Northwest Savings Bank.
The person or persons locating the Medallion should immediately call the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce office at 753-3113 to let us know.
The winner will be announced at the President's Day Weekend Winter Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Community Center, Lakeside Park, Mayville.
And nowthe first clue is: "Once again the time is here, the medallion must be near! The prize this year is good old cash but wait! Read the clues then away you may dash!" Happy hunting!
Plan on attending the 2012 President's Day Weekend Winter Festival Feb. 18-19 at scenic Lakeside Park in Mayville.
There will be many winter activities and events, including contests with prizes, chili cook-off, broomball, food and craft vendors, snowmobile rides, horse drawn rides, snow shoe demos, horse rides, sports competitions to watch, Kids Corner Edible Crafts, Rainbow the Clown, a Polar Bear Swim benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry, Presidential Costume Contest for the best President or First Lady, and more.
A bonfire will be held Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by a flare parade (weather permitting) at 7 p.m., and fireworks at 8 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the chili cook-off, Polar Bear Swim benefiting Hospice, entering the Presidential Costume Contest, or bringing a team to the broomball tournament, call the below number for more information.
A complete schedule of events will be available at the Festival. For more information go the Chamber website www.mayvillechautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber office at 753-3113.
The Chamber would like to also thank business sponsors to date: Major Sponsors Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, and Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm; Platinum Sponsor M&T Bank; Gold Sponsors The Maple Inn, Northwest Savings Bank, Guppy's Tavern, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Hogan's Hut, United Refining Company of Pennsylvania, and Family Health Medical Services; Silver Sponsors Portage Hill Gallery, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Craig K. Whittington D.V.M., Welch's, Mayville Auto Supply, "A" Automotive, and Irwin Bay Cottages. Without the support of our local businesses and community, this festival could not take place.