MAYVILLE - 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 previous winners are ineligible, as are Winter Festival Committee members and employees of Northwest Savings Bank (Jamestown Savings Bank), who is donating the Savings Bond prize.
Daily clues will be given Feb. 7-11 and Feb. 14-18 in the OBSERVER, Post-Journal and radio stations WJTN, SE93, THE FOX, WKSN, and WHUG.
Treasure hunters must be registered in order to be eligible to win the prize, a $500 U.S. Savings Bond generously donated by Northwest Savings Bank.
If you haven't yet registered, forms are available at the Chautauqua County branches of M & T Bank and Northwest Savings Bank (Jamestown Savings Bank) locations, as well as Mayville businesses Mayville Hardware, Webb's Year-Round Resort Candy/Gift Shop, Lighthouse Point Grocery, and Crosby Marts. There is a $2 registration fee and the deadline for registration is Feb. 11.
The person or persons locating the Medallion should immediately call the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce office at 753-3113 to let them know.
The winner will be announced at the President's Day Weekend Winter Festival opening ceremonies/official lighting being held Friday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
And nowthe first clue is:
"Winter is here and once again the Medallion is lost! Perhaps you can find it but what is the cost? Why 2 Dollars is all and it could get you a 500 Dollar Bond Windfall!" Happy Hunting!
Plan on attending the 2011 President's Day Weekend Winter Festival Feb. 18-20 at scenic Lakeside Park in Mayville, to chase away those winter blues. There will be many winter activities and events, including contests, food and craft vendors, snowmobile rides, horse drawn rides, sports competitions to watch, Kids Corner Edible Crafts, Rainbow the Clown, a Polar Bear Swim benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry, ice castle lightings both Friday (opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.) and Saturday evenings (6 p.m.), on Saturday a bonfire (6:30 p.m.), flare parade (7 p.m.), and fireworks (8 p.m.), special events planned by local businesses during the weekend, and more.
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.
Organizers would like to also thank business sponsors: Major Sponsors Town of Chautauqua, Village of Mayville, Digital Extravaganza/KoolToonz, Lakeview Hotel, The Docks Restaurant, Operating Engineers Local 17, 3 Guys Construction; Platinum Sponsors Lictus Keystone, Tops Friendly Markets, M & T Bank, Jamestown Savings Bank (Division of Northwest Savings Bank); Gold Sponsors Andriaccio's Restaurant, Hogan's Hut, Webb's Year Round Resort, Uncle Jack's Saw Shop, Newman Photography, Nate Terrill Excavating, Rammelt's Farm and Yard, Crosby Marts; Silver Sponsors Digital Perfection, Irwin Bay Cottages, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Welch's, Art Samples Trees & Shrubs/Trophies, Mayville Diner, Bestway Disposal, Jack's Barcelona Drive-In, CRS Portable Toilets; and Bronze Sponsors Mayville Hardware, G.L. Olson General Contractors, A Automotive, Mayville Tremaine, Westfield Dodge City, Olives Restaurant, and Lighthouse Point Grocery. Without the support of our local businesses and community, this festival could not take place.
Thank you for your commitment to this long-held annual winter event.