Riverfest tradition Wichita Eagle Medallion Hunt returns Monday, $ 1,000 at stake
September 24 – It’s been over two years since Wichita scoured the parks and sifted through the brush for the Riverfest medallion.
There was no hunt in 2020 because COVID-19 caused there to be no festival. The 2021 festival has kicked off, but most events won’t take place until next weekend.
Now it’s almost time to search again. The Eagle Medallion Hunt returns on Monday, though it will be cut short.
Hunting is a Riverfest tradition that offers cryptic clues intended to lead players to a 2-inch plastic coin hidden on public property in Sedgwick County. The person who decodes the clues and finds the locket receives $ 1,000.
The special fall component of this year’s Riverfest opens Thursday and ends October 3. Organizers hosted the first half of the festival, usually a nine-day event, in June, when it hosted participatory outdoor events like the River Run and a softball tournament.
Because this part of the festival, which will include concerts and a food court, will only last four days, the hunt will only have five clues.
The first will be released Monday at 7 a.m., and a new clue will follow every morning until Friday. The clues can be found on kansas.com and they will also be posted before noon each day near the front doors of the Wichita Eagle offices at 330 N. Mead. They will not be published in the print edition of the journal.
The contest will end at midnight on October 1 or whenever the medallion is found.
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In 2019, the medallion was found by friends Bryan Edwards and Justin Selby on day five of the hunt – wrapped in a brown QuikTrip towel and tucked away in a crack in a knee-high limestone retaining wall just north of the dam of Lincoln Street on the east bank of the Arkansas River. Hunters are encouraged to keep in mind that no locket hunting clues, or hiding places, require entry to private property.
It’s the 46th anniversary of the medallion hunt, almost as old as Riverfest itself.
Whoever finds the locket should call 316-268-6200 and leave a detailed description of where the locket was found and contact information during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The medallion must be returned to The Eagle by 3 p.m. on Monday, October 4, or no one will win the prize.
The contest is open to legal residents of Kansas who are at least 18 years of age as of September 27, 2021. Employees and immediate family members of The Wichita Eagle, the McClatchy Company and Wichita Festivals Inc., as well as board members Directors of Wichita Festivals Inc. and their immediate families are not eligible to participate.
For full contest rules, visit kansas.com/riverfest
This story was originally posted on September 24, 2021 at 4:14 a.m.