Organizers are changing up the rules for the 2017 Farm-City Days Medallion Hunt.
The basics are the same: Starting Oct. 2, one clue a day will be announced by the Farm-City Days Committee guiding searchers to the medallion hidden somewhere on public property within Allen County. The person who finds it gets $1,000.
But this year’s hunt will differ from past renditions in that to be eligible to search, you must first purchase a $2 button before the hunt begins.
“I’m nervous people aren’t taking us seriously when we tell them we aren’t selling any more buttons after Oct. 2,” Farm-City Days Committee Chairman Aaron Franklin said.
The change is because several people hunted for the medallion without first buying the button, Franklin explained.
“We talked about this last year, but didn’t pull the trigger,” he said.
Buttons are sold at the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, Jump Start Travel Center, TLC Garden Center in LaHarpe. FCD Committee members will be at Walmart today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon as well. (Check the Farm-City Days Facebook page for other button-buying opportunities.)
THIS YEAR’S medallion (shown above) is a bit larger than in years past as well.
The medallion measures 8½ inches long and weighs in at nearly 3 pounds.
“”That should make it easier to find,” Franklin joked.
The medallion was created by Iolans Kris Moore and Yancy Westgate, who hand-cut the metal and painted it themselves.
“We were wanting some color, so that created the need for the extra thickness,” Franklin said.
FARM-CITY Days runs Oct. 12-15.
One of the new activities is the inaugural Rock Road Rumbler, a 50- and 100-mile gravel bike race sponsored by Bike Allen County and Velo+, the morning of Oct. 14.
Oct. 12 events include a bounce house, Humanity House chicken-noodle feast for free-will donations and a free family movie that evening at Riverside Park.
Ottaway Amusements opens its carnival Oct. 13.
The fun hits high gear Oct. 14 — a Saturday — with a number of food and vendor booths and the 11 a.m. parade. Iola native Skye Strickler kicks off the live entertainment at noon on the free music stage. He’ll be followed in succession through the afternoon and evening by Shotgun and Lace, The Chase Walker Band and Atomic Possum.
The “farm” festivities begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Strickler Dairy, including a hay bale maze, tours of the farm and a special guest speaker.
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