2020 LaCrosse Oktoberfest Medallion Hunt

Coulee region “sleuths” will have their opportunity to match wits with the “cluemaster” as the 2020 Oktoberfest USA Medallion Hunt begins Monday, September 14, 2020.

The Oktoberfest USA Medallion Hunt is sponsored by Altra Federal Credit Union.

One clue per day will be issued starting September 14. Clues will be posted on the Oktoberfest USA Facebook, Instagram, and website at approximately 7 a.m. each day. Ten clues have been prepared and will be shared in order until the medallion is found or all ten are used (whichever comes first).

Prizes awaiting the person finding the medallion include: $500 cash, and a swag basket full of Altra Federal Credit Union & Oktoberfest goods.

The backside of the medallion includes a contact name and number to report that it has been found.

Medallion Hunt rules are similar to previous years. The 2020 Oktoberfest Medallion:

  • Is always located within the La Crosse city limits
  • Is never buried in the ground
  • Is always on public property
  • Is accessible 24 hours, but posted hours should be observed
  • Fits in the palm of a hand
  • May be camouflaged

Oktoberfest USA requests that all medallion hunters respect public and private property (as well as their fellow hunters) while trying to locate the medallion. In addition to not damaging foliage while searching for the medallion, we ask that all medallion hunters follow local and national guidance regarding COVID-19 precautions.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Monday, September 14, 2020
Found on:Thursday, September 17, 2020
Finders:
NameHometown
Amy
Bill
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$500 plus swag basket
Awarded Prize:$500 plus swag basket
Location:
General Location:Bluffview Park
Exact Location:On one of the posts of the park shelter
Concealer:
Clues
Published on Monday, September 14, 2020
A year that’s so different from all others,
We’d all enjoy a full Fest if we had our druthers;
No foolin’, this pandemic has halted everything in sight,
At least there’s this challenge to provide a little gemutlichkeit.
Explanation:
The official announcement that the medallion hunt is underway. The words “foolin’” and “sight” will help clear up some of the clues near the end.
 
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Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
An early, mid-century settler on the shore,
A plot of land dedicated to a person in the city's folklore;
First, named a lake and then for a native tree,
From fairgrounds to effigy mounds, eventually named for the original townee.
Explanation:
The clue points to Myrick Park, whose name changed from Lake Park to Oak Grove Park to Old Fairgrounds Park to Mounds Park to, finally, Myrick Park in 1904. The park will lead hunters to an area that will help them to the eventual site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Empowering members to pursue creative ways to serve a child,
An area detailing land formations set out in the wild;
Fed from where two beautiful, area rivers disperse,
A former railroad bed will lead the way and help you traverse.
Explanation:
The clue leads you to an area on the trails extending from Myrick Park which has a sign erected by the Kiwanis Club, whose motto includes serving children. The sign includes a panoramic view of the four bluffs to the east, a link to the hiding spot.
 
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Published on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tabbed as the largest and most beautiful one,
It was even hailed as a mountain by some;
Could be called the "queen" of this beautiful, vast woodland,
The donation became a top attraction of the natural expand.
Explanation:
Grandad Park was tabbed as the largest and most beautiful city park by John Nolen, hired to design city parks in the city’s early history. Hixon Forest, donated by Ellen P. Hixon, provides the perfect atmosphere for the bluffs in the city. Both clues point to the city’s highlight of bluffs.
 
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When years ago the steamboats gave way,
Many railroads came along to save the day;
A historical lineage linked to the earliest days of railroading,
In 1996 the latest merger kept the tracks going.
Explanation:
Railroads have played an important part in La Crosse’s history. The Burlington Northern Railroad ran along the bluffs, eventually becoming the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line. The tracks are close to the hiding spot.
 
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The old, old man is known for his extensive residence,
Another continuously grinds away to assure culinary elegance;
This embarkment has all the right timber,
Be careful about the spines on this nocturnal creature.
Explanation:
Baseball players take the field each spring, something that Eagles musician Don Henley made popular singing about “The Boys of Summer.” A baseball field, in a park setting, is near the spot.
 
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Fans flock to the stands each spring and picturesque fall,
Cheering on track, soccer and American football;
To the “swamp” they head to have some fun,
Look carefully and you’ll flock toward the right son.
Explanation:
The old man refers to Grandad Bluff, the grinding refers to Miller Bluff, the right timber is Cliffwood Bluff, while the creature is Hedgehog Bluff — all key to the hiding spot.
 
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Once spring gets here they take the field,
The boys of all ages eventually share the yield;
An original eagle sang about their efforts,
Joined by others to share for fun, rest and other sports.
Explanation:
This clue refers to Swanson Field at Logan High School — land that was swapped for land known as Bluffview Park in a 1977 proposal.
 
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The girls of Milwaukee reigned on the TVs,
On the radio, it was the boys of the Bee Gees;
A guy from Wisconsin was hitting up a major tourney link,
Read the clues carefully so you don’t end it in a hoodwink.
Explanation:
The girls of Milwaukee are Laverne and Shirley, the year’s top-rated TV show; the Bee Gees and brother Andy Gibb, all among the year’s top 10 songs; along with Wisconsin native Andy North who won the U.S. Open — all in 1978, the year the Bluffview Park swap was finalized.
 
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The view is grand from this very spot,
By now you’ve trekked trails, paths and all whatnot;
No bluffing, but the sight of the bluffs dominate this location,
Search the right height and it’s time for celebration.
Explanation:
Bluffview Park is where you will find the medallion, hidden on one of the posts of the park shelter.
 
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