Riverfest is almost here, which means it’s almost time to start hunting.
The old-fashioned Eagle Medallion Hunt, which features an actual medallion hidden in a public place, was revived in 2011 after nearly a 10-year break, and it’ll be back again this year.
The prize: an “Ultimate Game Room” from Chilton Billiards and Spas, including a Brunswick 8-foot Kingston pool table with deluxe accessory package; a Brunswick Kicker Foosball table, a Holland Wichita State University pub table and two WSU bar stools; a GLD poker folding top; a GLD 500 poker chip set; a GLD Metropolitan dart cabinet; a GLD Razorback bristleboard dart board and two sets of GLD steel tip darts. The average retail value of the prize is $5,680.
Rich Maier, the general manager of Chilton Billiards, which moved from downtown Wichita to 700 S. Broadway last summer, said that he and owner Chris Simons had always wanted to find some way to get the business involved with the festival, and the Medallion Hunt offered a perfect opportunity.
“This is the first time we’ve ever gotten involved with the Riverfest. I’ve always thought it would be nice to do,” Maier said. “We thought, ‘Hey, that would be a great prize for somebody. Yeah, why not. Let’s do it.’ ”
The first clue to the hidden medallion will appear in The Eagle and on Kansas.com on Thursday, on the eve of the Wichita River Festival, and Wichita Eagle Editor Sherry Chisenhall said she’s hearing that hunters are ready to go.
“We’ve already had people asking about it on social media, so that’s a good sign,” she said.
Here are the basic rules for the hunt. The full list is available for viewing at Kansas.com/medallionhunt.
• The medallion will be hidden in an actual location in Sedgwick County.
• The Eagle Medallion Hunt contest participant who locates the disk by midnight June 5 and returns it to the Customer Service counter in the lobby of The Wichita Eagle, 825 E. Douglas, by 3 p.m. June 6, is the potential winner of the grand prize (winner subject to verification of eligibility).
• No Medallion Hunt clues, nor the hiding place, require entry onto private property.
• A new Medallion Hunt clue will be published in The Eagle each day, beginning May 29, and ending with the final clue on June 5, unless the medallion is found before then.
• Clues will be published on Kansas.com each day around 10 a.m. They’ll be published at the same time on The Eagle’s social media pages: Facebook ( www.facebook.com/wichitaeagle) and Twitter ( @kansasdotcom).
• The contest ends at midnight on June 5.
• The hunter who recovers the medallion should bring it to The Wichita Eagle lobby, 825 E. Douglas, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The medallion must be returned to The Eagle by 3 p.m. on June 6 or the grand prize will be forfeited.
• Copies of the paper will be available for viewing clues in the lobby of The Eagle between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• The contest status will be updated daily on Kansas.com; on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/wichitaeagle); on Twitter ( @kansasdotcom); on the Medallion Hunt status line at 316-268-6250; and in print editions of The Eagle.
• The person returning the medallion to The Eagle must provide a valid state or federal ID. Participants must be at least 18 years old as of May 28, and be a legal resident of the state of Kansas to be eligible to win the grand prize.
• Be safe and play nice. Participants who engage in unsportsmanlike, disruptive or abusive behavior will be disqualified, at The Eagle’s discretion.
• Anyone who damages, destroys or trespasses on public or private property will be disqualified from the contest. Participants must obey opening and closing hours of public parks.
• “Rememember the Ds,” Chisenhall said. “Don’t dig, damage, destroy or disrupt.”
• Employees and their immediate family members of The Wichita Eagle, the McClatchy Co., Chilton Billiards, Wichita Festivals Inc., and board members of Wichita Festivals Inc. are not eligible to participate.