The Medallion Treasure Hunt will again take place in conjunction with the 2014 Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival. The medallion, specially created by artist David Stutzman for the 2006 Winter Festival, will be hidden on accessible public property somewhere in Chautauqua County. Sponsors of the Treasure Hunt this year are Northwest Savings Bank, Maple Inn, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, and Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant.
Placed in a container or bag for its protection, the medallion will not be hidden below ground level and no higher than 6 feet above ground level. It will also not be hidden on any body of water or in the water. Treasure hunters seek the medallion at their own risk. New rules allow Treasure Hunt winners from the 2012 Winter Festival and all years previous to be eligible to participate again.
Festival Committee members and last year's 2013 Treasure Hunt winner are not eligible to participate.
Clues will begin to appear in the media beginning Monday, Feb. 3, and continue each weekday only until Friday, Feb. 14. The clues will appear in The Post-Journal and Dunkirk OBSERVER, with a weekly review of clues in The Westfield Republican and The Sentinel News, as well as on the radio.
This year all treasure hunters must be registered to be eligible to win the $250 cash prize. In addition, all registrants will also be entered in prize drawings held on four consecutive Fridays, the first drawing held on Jan. 24 through the last Friday drawing taking place on Feb. 14. The prizes are being donated by the previously mentioned contest sponsors. Registering early allows one to be a part of all four drawings; however, those registering later will still be entered in the remaining prize drawings.
Treasure Hunt registration forms will be available at the following Mayville businesses beginning today: Mayville Hardware, Webb's Year-Round Resort Candy/Gift Shop, The Cottage Collection at Webb's Year-Round Resort, Lighthouse Point Grocery, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center (register at desk), Lakeview Hotel, Crosby's (Mayville) as well as Chautauqua County branches of M&T Bank and Northwest Savings Bank. There will be a $5 registration fee per entry and the deadline for registration is by Sunday, Feb. 2. No registrations will be taken once the clues begin appearing in the newspapers and on the radio Feb. 3.
Complete Treasure Hunt rules are outlined in the registration form. The person or persons locating the medallion will be announced at the festival's Friday evening opening ceremonies on Feb. 14.
Organizers would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this upcoming annual winter event: Major Sponsors - Town of Chautauqua, Village of Mayville, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, The Media One Group; Platinum Sponsors - Webb's Year Round Resort (Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant/Cottage Collection/Webb's Candies), M & T Bank; Gold Sponsors?- Family Health Medical Services, Northwest Savings Bank, 3 Seas Recreation, ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, Maple Inn; and Silver Sponsors - Schaack & Nelson, Attorneys at Law, "A" Automotive, Hogan's Hut, Irwin Bay Cottages, Chautauqua Abstract Company, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center.
To become a sponsor of the 2014 Winter Festival or for more information about the festival, call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce at 753-3113.