The Medallion Treasure Hunt will again take place in conjunction with the 2014 President's Day Weekend Winter Festival. The medallion, especially created for the Festival by artist David Stutzman for the 2006 Winter Festival, will be hidden on accessible public property somewhere in Chautauqua County. Sponsors of the Treasure Hunt this year are Northwest Savings Bank, Maple Inn, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, and Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant.
Placed in a container or bag for its protection, the medallion will not be hidden below ground level and no higher than six feet above ground level. It will also not be hidden on any body of water or in the water. Treasure hunters seek the medallion at their own risk. New rules allow Treasure Hunt winners from the 2012 Winter Festival and all years previous to be eligible to participate again. Festival Committee members and last year's 2013 Treasure Hunt winner are not eligible to participate. Clues will begin to appear in the media beginning Monday, February 3, 2014, and continue each weekday only until Friday, Feb. 14. The clues will appear in the daily newspapers Jamestown Post-Journal and Dunkirk OBSERVER, with a weekly review of clues in weekly papers Westfield Republican, Mayville Sentinel News, the Chautauqua Star, as well as clues announced daily on The Media One Group radio stations WJTN, SE93, THE FOX, WKSN, and WHUG. This year all treasure hunters must be registered to be eligible to win the $250.00 cash prize.
In addition, all registrants will also be entered in prize drawings held on four consecutive Fridays, the first drawing held on Jan. 24 through the last Friday drawing taking place on Feb. 14. The prizes are being donated by the above-mentioned contest sponsors. Registering early allows you to be a part of all four drawings; however, those registering later will still be entered in the remaining prize drawings.
Treasure Hunt Registration forms are available at the following Mayville businesses: Mayville Hardware, Webb's Year-Round Resort Candy/Gift Shop, The Cottage Collection at Webb's Year-Round Resort, Lighthouse Point Grocery, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center (register at desk), Lakeview Hotel, Crosby's (Mayville) as well as Chautauqua County branches of M&T Bank and Northwest Savings Bank. There will be a $5 registration fee per entry and the deadline for registration is by Sunday, Feb. 2. Please note that no registrations will be taken once the clues begin appearing in the newspapers and on the radio Feb. 3. So, beginning Jan. 13, don't delay in registering for this annual treasure hunt.
Complete Treasure Hunt rules are outlined in the registration form. The person or persons locating the medallion will be announced at the Festival's Friday evening opening ceremonies on Feb. 14. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of this upcoming annual winter event: Major Sponsors Town of Chautauqua, Village of Mayville, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, The Media One Group; Platinum Sponsors Webb's Year Round Resort (Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant/Cottage Collection/Webb's Candies), M & T Bank; Gold Sponsors Family Health Medical Services, Northwest Savings Bank, 3 Seas Recreation, ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, Maple Inn; and Silver Sponsors Schaack & Nelson, Attorneys at Law, "A" Automotive, Hogan's Hut, Irwin Bay Cottages, Chautauqua Abstract Company, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center. If you would like to become a sponsor of the 2014 Winter Festival or would like more information about the Festival, call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce at (716) 753-3113. Plan on coming to scenic Lakeside Park in Mayville, New York the weekend of Feb. 14-16, for this long-held President's Day Weekend Winter Festival and chase away those cabin fever blues! Many winter activities, contests and events are being planned to delight the entire family.