The Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival annual Medallion Treasure Hunt, sponsored by The Maple Inn at Chautauqua Institution, 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 elk antler), has been hidden somewhere in Chautauqua County on public property. Placed in plastic for its 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 as well as last year's winner are not eligible to participate. All previous winners can participate in the Treasure Hunt.
Daily clues will be given Feb. 4-8 and Feb. 11-15 in The Post-Journal, Dunkirk OBSERVER, and radio stations WJTN, SE93, THE FOX, WKSN and WHUG. Per the rules, treasure hunters need to already be registered in order to be eligible to win the prize of $100 cash plus weekend stay at The Maple Inn, Chautauqua Institution.
The person or persons locating the medallion should immediately call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce office at 753-3113. The winner will be announced at the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival. And now ... the first clue is: "It's time again for you to play. The clues will be listed every day."
The 2013 Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival is Feb. 15-17 at Lakeside Park in Mayville on the shores of Chautauqua Lake.
There will be many winter activities and events, contests with prizes, food and craft vendors, children's activities, fireworks and more. For more information, check out the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival Facebook page or call the chamber office at 753-3113.
The committee would like to also thank business sponsors to date: Major Sponsors Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Operating Engineers Local 17-Apprentice Program, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites-Olives Restaurant-Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, Chautauqua Marina; Platinum Sponsors M&T Bank, Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant and The Cottage Collection, Lictus Keystone; Gold Sponsors The Maple Inn, Northwest Savings Bank, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Family Health Medical Services, Craig K. Whittington D.V.M., Digitell Inc., Perfection Digital, Ray Downey, Reid Stores Inc./Crosby's, Digitell Inc.; and Silver Sponsors Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Welch's, "A" Automotive Inc., Irwin Bay Cottages, Mayville Auto Supply Inc., Home Chic, Schaack & Nelson-Attorneys at Law, Portage Hill Art Gallery, 3 Seas Recreation. Without the support of our local businesses and community, this festival could not take place.