Medallion hunt starts Monday



September 29, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Those wanting to take part in the upcoming Farm-City Days Medallion Hunt must first purchase a $2 button by Monday to be eligible for the $1,000 prize. No buttons will be sold once the hunt begins.
Medallions are available at Jump Start Travel Center through the weekend. They’ll also be sold from the Walmart parking lot Sunday morning, and at the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday.
“If you’re lucky enough to catch up with me somewhere Monday evening, I’ll have them,” organizer Aaron Franklin said. “None will be sold after that.”
One clue a day will be released starting at 5 p.m. Monday — copies of the clues also will be posted in each day’s Register — hinting at the medallion’s location.
The medallion has been hidden somewhere on public property within the county. In the first two years, medallions were hidden at the original site of Frederick Funston’s boyhood home, and at a bridge along the Lehigh Portland Trail south of Iola.

THIS YEAR’S medallion is a bit larger than in years past as well.
The medallion measures 8½ inches long and weighs in at nearly 3 pounds. It shows a red tractor traveling along a field of green below a golden sky, with the silhouette of a tree in the background.
The medallion was created by Iolans Kris Moore and Yancy Westgate, who hand-cut the metal and painted it themselves.

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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