7/8/2013 12:58:00 PM Annual medallion hunts kick off July 18
By David Richards
It's almost here.
Byron's annual hometown festival, Good Neighbor Days, runs this year from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.
The opening festivities are the traditional medallion hunts sponsored this year by both The Byron Women of Today, a local civic organization, and the City of Byron.
This year, like last year, features two hunts, although the format for one of them has received an overhaul.
On the morning of July 18, the first clues will be posted on The Women of Today Web site, www.byronwomenoftoday.org. LeAnn Bieber, A Women of Today member, said the hunts are a fun part of Good Neighbor Days.
"I think people love to go looking for things," she said. "And when there's a prize, that makes a difference."
The first hunt will be in the traditional format, with clues about the medallion's location. The second hunt is in a scavenger hunt style, where a clue will be posted on the Web site about a service offered at a specific business. Identify that service and the staff at that business will hand you the clue to the next business. The last business will have the clue to find the medallion.
The prize for finding that medallion is $250, with the prize for the traditional hunt is $150.
The medallions resemble a medal you might win in a competition, in that they are roughly three inches in size, and they have to be hidden on public property. Before the first clues are posted, complete rules and details about both hunts will be posted on the Byron Women of Today Web site.
A medallion hunt has now been a part of Good Neighbor Days for the past four years and kicks off the festivities that this year end with the parade and fireworks on Sunday.
As a result, it might be fair to say that Byron residents are starting to recognize the hunt as the official kick off to GND.
"I don't know that for sure," Bieber said. "I do know that when Good Neighbor Days rolls around, we get more hits on our Web site."
Tyler King and Kelli Parkin found the 2012 medallions.