6/12/2017 2:14:00 PM Medallion hunts to honor Byron's 150th
By David Richards
The eighth annual Byron Good Neighbor Days medallion hunts will feature special medallions to commemorate Byron's 150th anniversary.
"We are still working on other details, but anticipate them running the same time frames as other years," said organizer LeAnn Bieber.
This year's Good Neighbor Days festivities run from July 19-23.
For last year's medallion hunts, one was harder to find than the other.
Paul Kirkland, Alex Kirkland and Kellan Coe found the scavenger hunt medallion Thursday, just outside Nolting Dental.
Chris, Sarah, Claire and Jack Mintor found the traditional medallion at the outdoor ice rink Saturday.
It all started bright and early on Thursday, July 14.
Similar to the popular hunts in both Rochester and in the Twin Cities, the Byron versions involved collecting the clues, searching for the shiny medallions and claiming the cash prize.
The first clues were posted on July 14, with the individual hunt at 7 a.m. and the business scavenger hunt at 9 a.m., both on the chamber's website, http://www.byronmnchamber.com, and on the Good Neighbor Days Facebook page.
Clues for the individual hunt were then posted daily until the medallion was found, while those interested in the scavenger hunt would seek out the business described in the first clue and then receive a clue from that business to another business that will give out the next clue and so on.
Some years, Bieber admits, the medallions are easier to find than others.
"Sometimes I hide them really well, and other times they're found very easily," she said.
The medallions, which measure two-and-a-half inches in diameter, must be hidden within the city limits on public ground, but not in a cemetery or on a golf course.
The prize for the individual hunt was $150, with $200 for the business scavenger hunt.
The medallions are buried by one person, who is also the only person who knows where they are.