Tuesday, September 8, 2020

2020 Pepsi Medallion Hunt Clues Explained

 There were a number of thoughts that arose in planning for this year’s Medallion Hunt.  First, did we want to have it or cancel?  The answer seemed obvious- “let’s do it!”  People have lost so many traditions this year- especially the Marigold Festival- so why not bring back this small part of it? Coronavirus related safety concerns are extremely low by nature. It has always been an example of “social distancing”.

Hunters truly keep to themselves.

Another thought was that because of all that has happened this year, I didn’t want the hiding location to be extremely remote.  Therefore I chose Coal Miners Park, a centrally located spot.

Finally, I thought that with people staying home more frequently, a more “stay-in-place” mental exercise was called for.  How would I craft a clue that required more extensive research but which could yield an answer right from home?  This led to key themes that related to Loretta Lynn- the “Coal Miners Daughter” and a reference to General Bernard Montgomery and his blunder in Operation Market Garden and the Arnhem Bridge referred to as “A Bridge Too Far”. 

(Coal Miners Park has 4 bridges)

These references were complex.  They were meant to be due to the ready availability of plentiful research material and how quickly they can be accessed.

You will see how it all unwinds as the explanations that follow tie it all together.

Clue # 1

Back to give you some normalcy

Always an exercise in social distance

But first I want you to study the rules

Upon this I make an unprecedented insistence.

The prize will never be in a flowerbed,

Or anywhere exposed to possible destruction You don’t need tools or any feats of strength Simply follow the hunt’s instructions.

Explanation;

   In their enthusiasm, Medallion Hunters have often circumvented the rules in hopes of aiding their efforts.  This has led to bushes and flower beds- especially in Mineral Springs Park being trampled or destroyed.  This first clue tells hunters where the Medallion is NOT.

   However,  “exercise” refers to the trails in Coal Miners, used for walking and cycling.  It also relates to the PCHS Soccer fields and other practice fields.

   “Study” indicates the need to do additional and deeper research for later clues.

 Clue #2

 Focused and determined research,

Helps if you’re staying in place.

Study of geographic similarities

Covered more as we get into this race

 

It points the way without really pointing, But which way should you go?

Once you think you see it,

You’ll be traveling to and fro”

  Explanation:

With the goal of giving an alternate approach to participating from home for those who want to, this clue introduces hunters to this effort. It begins with a reference to the need for “study” in subsequent clues.  “Geographic similarities” relates to the use of states that have the name of “Lynn”-for “Loretta Lynn- the Coal Miners Daughter-in their state.

“”Cover”....

   The second verse Refers to a triangle of grass on the south side of the park that joins two trail.

It’s one of those characteristics that you might miss if you don’t look for it.

 Clue # 3

 I introduce a new in-depth reference

For all who want to work this from home.

A means to perhaps see from a different angle Studying maps will help as you roam”

 

 17 places have her in their state

Neighboring Wisconsin, the Sunshine State too.

Places known for Revere and Bill Clinton Find the name and you have a great clue.

 Explanation:

 Here is where the approach that will require derp and potentially time-consuming research.is introduced.  This was developed to allow for armchair quarterbacking at a time where we’re all spending more time at home.  It would require “studying maps”.  The concept of identifying towns or cities named “Lynn”- referring to Loretta Lynn\ also know as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.  17 states have a community named as such (or “her”) Two of the states are Wisconsin and Alaska.  The reference to Paul Revere relates to Massachusetts and Bill Clinton relates to Arkansas.

 In the first verse, “angle” relates to the triangle portion of grass near the hiding place.  “Derp” refers to Coal Mine.

 Clue # 4

 As we traverse through our lives,

We experience our ups and downs

Working always to make the grade

Under the watch of smiles and frowns

 

It is what it is and it was what it was, Moving but standing still.

A quotidian outlook is always there

At a pace that tests your will

Explanation:

First verse, first line says “traverse” which denotes traveling across or through- indicating the trails throughout the park.   “Ups and downs” refers to the hilly trail that cuts through the wooded area where the medallion was hidden and well as the UAW High Rise, a facility, functional because of elevators.

“Grade” refers to the hill that approaches the area.  “Under the watchful eyes of smiles and frowns” highlights possible reactions as residents of the UAW look out over the city and in this case, Coal Miners Park.

 In the second verse, “it is what it is and was what it was” refers to the park trail that once was the railroad bed for the Con-rail Railroad.

“Moving but standing stilly” is an observation about the word “Parkway.  In some ways it’s an oxymoron:  “Park” is a stationary reference; “way” conveys movement or motion.

“Quotidian”, relates to something that happens everyday.  This refers to the traffic on Parkway Ave and traffic often turning onto Stadium Dr.

“A pace that tests your wills” deals with the frequency of law enforcement often running radar or speed traps at the entrance for Coal Miners Park.

Clue # 5

 A British Sir whose plans went arye

Many, many years ago

Generally things didn’t work out as planned A double seven flick once told us so.

 

Friction can often serve a purpose

Here it helps keep bad things away.

It’s all on how you heed the warning.

Can dampen your enthusiasm on some days.

 Explanation: 

    The whole first verse attempts to draw attention to a World War 2 campaign that was a military debacle.  It has been referred to as “A Bridge Too Far”.  Coal Miners Park has several bridges.

The reason for the operation’s terrible outcome was the strategic challenge of capturing a number of river bridges.

   Hopefully hunters would decipher and head to Coal Miners due to its many bridges.

Officially known as Operation Market Garden, it was the brainchild of “Sir” Bernard Montgomery, a “British” “General”.

   The second verse describes the signs near the bridges that say “Slippery When Wet”.

“Friction” can eliminate or lessen slipperiness so it “helps keep bad things away”- slipping. 

The signs are also a “warning”.

   Finally, there is the “stop-go- yield” flashing signal on Parkway that can be engaged by someone crossing it when traveling on the trail. 

 Clue #6

 Near Mickey and not far from Indy

Places nearby on a state map

Sounds of a First Lady

And a Fab Four song from a rooftop wrap.

 

Perhaps it’s time to view from above.

It’s really up to you.

Could call it a flipped flattening curve.

Then do what you have to do.

 Explanation:

   The first two lines revisit the reference to towns named “Lynn”.  There is one near Orlando and near Indianapolis.  The “First Lady” is the “First Lady of Country Music- Loretta Lynn.

“Sounds” hints as to her songs, one of which is Coal Miners Daughter”

The last line refers to the Beatles last performance- on the rooftop of Apple Records.  They did nine takes of five songs, three of which were the song “Get Back”.  “Loretta” is referred two twice in the song.

   In the second verse, if you look at a map or aerial photo of Coal Miners Park you can see the trail that goes south and then curves East.  It looks like a “flipped (Or upside down) flattening curve”.  It also looks a bit like a “U”, which is also placed in the verse twice in the word “you”.

 Clue #7

Are you getting a kick out of this?

The fallen mighty now black and blue.

Well off a path the task is hard.

Perhaps you’re a little stumped too.

 

Seek something that looks out of place.

A paperweight so curious critters will not seek.

Four score came another flick.

Then walk with nature and end this streak.

Explanation:

“Kick out of this” refers to the PCHS soccer field in Coal Miners Park.  “Fallen mighty” is the fallen tree right next to the hiding spot.  “Black” is the color of a rock used to keep the medallion in place. “Path” and “hard” refers to the trail and its surface.  In the last line of the first verse, “little stumped” relates to the small tree stump which was used as the marker for the entry point when hiding the medallion.

In the second verse,  “something that looks out of place” is the black rock used as a “paperweight” to keep “curious critters” from possibly hauling in off or slightly moving (It has happened”).  “Four score” is 80, the “flick” was “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, a movie made in 1980.  “Walk with nature” tells the hunter that they will be looking in a wooded area.

Clue #8

 Over a bridge then a southpaw’s bend.

Up through the trees not far away

In brown wrapping, beneath a black rock

Far from a bright shiny day.

 

Tread determinedly on the pavement

Seek a triangle of green.

It’s posted very clearly.

Go deeply northward for a rewarding scene.

 Explanation:

Now we get pretty direct.  In #7 I gave you the PCHS soccer field.  There is a bridge in the southeast corner. So you’d go “ over a bridge then a southpaw’s bend”-which curves to the left.  It leads “up” a hill and runs through a Grove of trees.  “In brown wrapping, beneath a black rock” is self-explanatory.  “Far from a bright shiny day“  means it’s well hidden in thickly treed  woods.

 “Tread determinedly on the pavement” meant you approach a “paved” surface.  “Tria  lop ngle of green” is the grass triangle that is clearly seen at the junction of two trails.  “Posted” is the large post in the ground on the south side of the trail.

From that point the hunter needs to go deeply north- quite a way- into the woods looking for the rock in front of a fallen tree.

Finally, in this context “deeply” refers to the coal mines that lie abandoned below the surface in our area.

 

Congratulations to our winners.  They are highly skillful, hard working perennial hunters.  They invested countless hours and miles of searching to find their prize.

Thank you to all who participated.  As I always say, while there’s only one winner, the list of those who search and have fun goes on and on.

Some of the research required was intentionally difficult but was meant as a means for participating for those who wanted to work this more from home.  It was a concession to the times we are experiencing.  But in the end, I hope the excitement this event always generates, has given you a little bit of good old fashioned “normalcy”.

 

My Best,

 Gary Gillis

Cluemeister


Congratulations to these Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunters!

The Pepsi Marigold Medallion was found shortly after the release of Clue #8!

The winning group of hunters worked the clues together and are pictured below, with Cluemeister Gary Gillis.  The winners are: Kyndall Zander, Todd Vansaghi, Jake Vansaghi, Seth Ranney and Rachel Ranney.  Kyndall Zander, Todd Vansaghi and Seth Ranney worked together before and also found the medallion in 2017.  Rachel Ranney was also a previous winner in 2005.  Congrats to this team! 




 

Clue #8

Over a bridge then a southpaw’s bend.

Up through the trees not far away

In brown wrapping, beneath a black rock

Far from a bright shiny day.

 

Tread determinedly on the pavement 

Seek a triangle of green.

It’s posted very clearly.

Go deeply northward for a rewarding scene.

 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt Clue #7

 Clue #7


Are you getting a kick out of this?
The fallen mighty now black and blue.
Well off a path the task is hard.
Perhaps you're a little stumped too.


Seek something that looks out of place.
A paperweight so curious critters will not seek.
Four score came another flick.
Then walk with nature and end this streak.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #6

 Clue #6


Near Mickey and not far from Indy
Places nearby on a state map
Sounds of a First Lady
And a Fab Four song from a rooftop wrap.

Perhaps it’s time to view from above.
It’s really up to you.
Could call it a flipped flattening curve.
Then do what you have to do,

Friday, September 4, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #5

Clue # 5

 

A British Sir whose plans went awry,

Many, many years ago.

Generally things didn’t work out as planned.

A double seven flick once told us so.

 

Friction can often serve a purpose.

Here it helps keep bad things away.

It’s all in how you heed the warning.

Can dampen your enthusiasm on some days.


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #4

 

Clue # 4

 

As we traverse through our lives,

We experience our ups and downs

Working always to make the grade

Under the watch of smiles and frowns

 

It is what it is and it was what it was,

Moving but standing still.

A quotidian outlook is always there

At a pace that tests your will 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #3

 

Clue # 3

 

I introduce a new in-depth reference

For all who want to work this from home.

A means to perhaps see from a different angle

Studying maps will help as you roam”

 

 

17 places have her in their state

Neighboring Wisconsin, the Sunshine State too.

Places known for Revere and Bill Clinton 

Find the name and you have a great clue.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #2

Clue #2

 

Focused and determined research,

Helps if you’re staying in place.

Study of geographic similarities

Covered more as we get into this race

 

It points the way without really pointing,

But which way should you go?

Once you think you see it,

You’ll be traveling to and fro”


Monday, August 31, 2020

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #1

 Clue # 1

 

Back to give you some normalcy

Always an exercise in social distance

But first I want you to study the rules

Upon this I make an unprecedented insistence.

 

The prize will never be in a flowerbed,

Or anywhere exposed to possible destruction

You don’t need tools or any feats of strength 

Simply follow the hunt’s instructions.

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 Medallion Hunt Disclaimer

Medallion Hunt Disclaimer

The official disclaimer for the 2020 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt – Changes have been made due to the unintended destruction of property in recent years.  Please be attentive and protective of all property.

 
The Pepsi Marigold Medallion WILL be found on PUBLIC property—either within or contiguous to city boundaries, or property owned by a Pekin public body. 


It is NOT hidden in any seasonal plantings or landscaping in Mineral Springs Park or elsewhere, on any golf course, inside the PCHS stadium’s fenced area, inside the Dragonland fenced area, inside any school facility, or on the property of the Pekin Archery Range or the UAW High rise.  While it might be hidden on school property, it will not be hidden in shrubs, bushes, or plantings immediately against the schools. The Medallion is NOT hidden within the landscaping at the Pekin Public Library or in close proximity to the Pekin Federal Prison's perimeter fence. 


Hunters do not need to dig up or climb up to find the Medallion. It may be carefully camouflaged or hidden within something easily accessible and not requiring disassembly. The chosen hiding place is always selected with safety and accessibility given the highest consideration. 


Finally, be on the watch for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, and PLEASE, be respectful of others' property as well as your fellow hunters.


For the latest clue or updates, please visit http://medallionhunt.blogspot.com or on Facebook at Pekin Marigold Festival or call the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt hotline at 346-HUNT.


Good luck!

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 Clue Explanation


Choosing the Pekin Park Sports Complex as the Medallion’s hiding location was a calculated risk.  With few hiding locations and many years of hearing it being on many hunters “short list”, I knew that I would have to approach the clue design carefully.  In many hunts I’ve been able to cast a wide net.  Specific references can be plentiful in many chosen areas.   But at the Sports Complex the bushes and trees are sparse and the buildings few.  So I knew I’d have to go “deep”,  using information and broad application that would force much investigation before the taxing physical aspects of the hunt.  


In recent years there have been those followers voicing their belief that the hiding location should be more accessible to those with wheelchairs or strollers.  While anyone can contribute to the mental side of a hunt, guaranteeing accessibility would change the entire construct of the event.  But this year, I was drawn to do my best to accommodate those wishes.  The hiding spot was mere feet from the trail that circles the playing fields.


Here is each clue and the explanations.

CLUE #1

Back again my hunting friends;

No break until next summer.

A visceral reaction is motivation.

Open your mind and don’t feel encumbered.



A careful examination of my evidence

You won’t see the forest from the trees.

We all should learn the lessons of history.

And see life as a matter of degrees.



The first clue is typically a set up clue, introducing the themes or concepts I’ve chosen to use.  In recent years I’ve created a small placement pattern of hiding it in-town, then out of town, then back in”. Back again” refers to that the medallion is “in town” as it was last year.  “Break” tells that I am breaking that “in town-out of town” pattern.


The land for this park was purchased by an anonymous donor who wanted to see an area dedicated to youth sports and activity.  While I can never speak for that persons true motivation, such a high level of generosity and passionate interest in their community, had to be driven by a deep emotional desire.  Therein lies  their “visceral reaction”.



In the second verse, “not seeing the forest from the trees”, let’s the hunter know that while there are plenty of trees, it’s not part of a greater forest. “”We all should know our history” is a lesson to the use of two historical references I planned for later.  The first is a specific one-a mailbox on 5th Street with the number “1620” on it- the year the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. That was planned for Cue 5.  The Sports Complex is part of an evolving park district response to the changing face of sports and recreational interest.  While the community simply enjoyed Mineral Springs Park as a softball venue for years, eventually the land upon Broadway was acquired for soccer and Coal Miners Park became the home of youth football.


The  Sports Complex combined them all, making it part of a greater historical progression.  “Degrees” relates to the varying topographical heights of the park as its elevation slopes downward from east to west.“. Koch Street also demonstrates that.

CLUE #2


Now we focus on the true subject at hand
A veritable battle of wits.
What’s obvious isn’t always so.
And everything doesn’t always fit.

So there are intellectual challenges
Inevitably what I have in store.


There’s so much care and giving.
And a love of the great outdoors.




This tells the hunter that much creative thought will be placed before them.

With the limited possible hiding spots, the chosen location would be more obvious but “isn’t always so”.  It was well-hidden inside a highly visible spot.  “Doesn’t always fit” refers to the packaging and wrapping used to camouflage the medallion.

In the second verse, “store” refers to KMI Warehouse nearby.  “Care and giving” relates to the benefactor who donated the land for the Sports Complex to the Park District.

CLUE #3


The simple things in life are often unseen.

There are no flowers in this application.

How does one really name it,

Without resulting in consternation.



My mind sees things from varying viewpoints.

It’s both the vision and how it’s dressed.

Until you view it the right way,

I apologize for any unintended duress.


“The simple things in life are often unseen” because we see it as more “complex”.

This newer park is a collection of playing fields that require fertilizers and other maintenance “applications”.


“How does one really name it?” So many Pekin’s parks are named after people.  This one is not.  It is  named for what it is: “The Pekin Park Sports Complex”.  The land was given anonymously to the Pekin Park District.  Their wish is to keep it that way.  To name it after any person would likely lead to “consternation”.



The second verse tells of how I often look at the references.  The work comes in disguising or “dressing” words in ways that either leads to specifics interpretation and creates a back door through a double meaning.  Also, with the park being a venue for three different sports, there are a variety of uniforms or “dress”.


“View it the right way” was a precursor to clues I planned  to use in subsequent clues. One was “Fifth”  It is both a physical reference, and a Constitutional one-as in “pleading fifth amendment rights”.  I also planned to use “Cook” as a way to prepare food, but here I’d be referring to Koch Street.

CLUE #4


Looking back over the years,

Meadows grow thick, trees grow tall

Witness change and the sweep of time.

As we seek out nature and hear the call.



Taking steps to find justice,

Counting on finding the truth.

Life is like an imperceptible blend

That can confuse even the best super sleuth.



The first verse talks about the physical changes at the Sports Complex,  it’s taken awhile for grass to come in.  New trees are maturing.  Bushes and plants have taken hold.


“Changes” and “sweep” relate to the topographical changes to what once was sloping farmland.



In the second verse, “taking steps” again refers to the terraced or stair-stepped landscape adjustment (there is approximately 10 feet of change from baseball to soccer, soccer to baseball again, and baseball to football)  “Justice” and “counting” are a reference to all the numbers listed at the park entrance and to 5th Street- relating to one’s Constitutional right to “plead the 5th” in an attempt to find justice.


Also, “imperceptible blend” again relates to the gradual sloping and how 5th Street suddenly becomes or “blends” into 8th Street”.

CLOSING


So there you have it!  Clues 5 and 6 were written and ready to go.  There were a number of fun references and brain teasers that would have really heated things up.  You just never know.  That’s part of the thrill of the hunt.


Congratulations to Trenda Harrison and her husband Jeff.  They’ve been avid long time hunters having come close many times.  They had a theory and worked it.  All hunters should be happy for them. 


It is funny seeing some of the post-hunt comments.  Every year there are people who angrily claim that the clues “made no sense”.


To them that may be true.  But it only has to make sense to one person among thousands who are looking.  Someone always finds it and to them the clues make perfect sense.


Thank you to everyone who participated.  Come and enjoy the Marigold Festival and the hard work of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the dedicated Marigold Committee.  Together with the Pekin Park District they put on quite a show!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

It's Been Found!

Congratulations to Trenda Harrison and her husband Jeff who found the 2019 Pepsi Marigold Medallion at 5:10pm at the Pekin Sports Complex.  More details and clue explanations tomorrow.

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt. Clue #4

Looking back over the years,
Meadows grow thick, trees grow tall.
Witness change and the sweep of time,
As we seek out nature and hear the call.

Taking steps to seek out justice.
Counting on finding the truth.
Life is like an imperceptible blend,
That can confuse even the best super sleuth.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Clue #3


The simple things in life are often unseen,
There are no flowers in this application.
How does one really name it,
Without resulting in consternation?

My mind sees things from varying viewpoints.
It's both the vision and how it's dressed.
Until you view it the right way,
I apologize for any unintended duress.

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt Update

We are concerned about some hunters who are trampling through flower beds in Mineral Springs Park...even digging in them and damaging flowers and plants! Please stop this! The disclaimer clearly states you do not need to dig up the hidden medallion. And the Pepsi Marigold Medallion is not hidden in a spot that would require you to trample a flower bed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Clue #2

Now we focus on the true subject at hand,
A veritable battle of wits.
What's obvious isn't always so.
And everything doesn't always fit.

So there are intellectual challenges.
It's inevitably what I have in store.
There's so much care and giving.
And a love of the great outdoors.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Clue #1

Back again my hunting friends,
No break until next summer.
A visceral reaction is motivation
Open your mind and don't feel encumbered.

A careful examination of the evidence,
You won't see the forest from the trees.
We should all learn the lessons of history,
And see life as a matter of degrees.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

First Clue Coming Soon

Check out the disclaimer (link to the right of this page) and other information about the 2019 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt.  The first clue will be released at noon, on Monday, August 26th!

The clues will be available on this site, on the Pekin Marigold Festival  Facebook page, and you can call the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt Hotline at 346-HUNT.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Clue Explanations

When I decided earlier this year to continue as Cluemeister, I thought I'd change things up to add the opportunity for more "armchair quarterbacking". So I threw in some references that called for a slightly different level of research. 

The references in Clue Five to "the III- or The Third" was a brain teaser that, once figured out, the hunter might determine that they follow "Junior and Senior" as a multi- generational progression. In Clue Six I had "Nine and MJ's number" that added up to 32. This related to "degrees" and at 32 degrees we may have snow, as in Pekin's popular sledding location. Clue Seven was heated up quite a bit. I was always concerned about being disruptive to the High School. Discovery on the weekend would have been ideal. In the end it worked out well. Here are the clues and brief explanations.

Clue 1: 
We arrive as we should at the beginning. 
The time has come to find your prize. 
Hidden with care and caution 
Not so easy for prying eyes. 

As always I'll guide you with various colors; 
What they are may not always be. 
I'll defer eventual reveals 
Yet a discerning detective might actually see. 

Explanation: "Hidden with care and caution" relates to how well hidden the medallion was. Therefore its discovery would be a bit more difficult and "not so easy for prying eyes". The second verse introduces colors with a twist- the red on the park marquis is a Message Board with constantly changing messages. So " the messages-change and then are gone. Therefore "what they are may not always be". "Defer eventual reveals" shows my intent to come back to them depending on how many clues would be needed to get to the prize.

Clue 2: 
To write clues you must have two faces 
One quiet and one on the go. 
Think can think in a matrix or just be simple 
While sending every hunter to and fro. 

You might need a compass to guide you. 
Don't get lost in your attempt. 
Watch for things that might make you itch. 
And come out of this all unkempt. 

Explanation: "Two faces"- the very different sides of the area- especially north and south. "Quiet" is the south side. "On the go" is the north- where cars are always passing. Matrix relates to an entity surrounded by another. The wooded hiding place stands alone within PCHS and in view of the Park District. "Compass" relates to the possible approaches to the area- especially stadium drive which starts or finishes at court or parkway-two different directions. In the last half of the second verse, the key word is "unkempt" relating to the area of collected brush and broken up concrete.

Clue #3 
Oh the air is crisp and clear 
As I look to my left and right. 
While things look so similar 
In truth they are different sights. 

There are a number of ways to work this. 
Allow your mind to be free 
Accumulation and determination 
Places for them places for me. 

Explanation: The first verse deals with the Park District on one side of a large section of Stadium Dr and PCHS on the other. The second verse introduces "numbers" being a reference. "accumulation" is the pile of brush nearby. "Determination" deals with studiousness. "Places for them" is the High School and "places for me" is the Park Dist- used by all of us.

Clue #4 
I've said for years this should be hard. 
I know you think I'm wrong. 
Step by step and bit by bit 
The journey often seems long. 

Stand together like a dynamic duo. 
Move up or straight ahead, 
Rules are important to hunters 
A warning plus so much that's said. 

Explanation: "Hard" refers to the concrete. "Step by step" means you have to walk some distance to get to it. "Journey often seems long" speaks to the work that goes into completing high school. In the second verse, "dynamic duo" is another euphemism for the Park District and District 303 which geographically "stand together". "Move up or straight ahead" relates to the fact that you must either climb the hill or go across from the parking lot to get to the spot. "Rules" refer to the street signs nearby. "Warning" relates to red for the park marquis, that changes all the time so there's "so much that's said".

Clue #5 
Alec Baldwin, A King George, 
Desi Arnaz and even Luke Perry. 
Names with something in common. 
Research well and do not tarry. 

Look high and low very carefully, 
Things standing out not always seen. 
So many natural surroundings. 
Part of a broken sea of green. 

Explanation: The names listed are all followed by "III". Alec Baldwin III etc. that means they followed a "Junior and Senior", a reference to High School. In the second verse, I referred to the Military Banners that are hung along Parkway Dr. They have not always been there. The area has a lot of green space as "natural surroundings". "Broken sea of green" refers to the streets criss-crossing the area.

Clue #6 
Nine and MJ's most popular number 
Add up to lead the way 
It can be thrilling when you grasp it 
Ride carefully I should say. 

If you think about it 
It's as plain as black and white 
Focus on the contextual 
Think further and you'll be right. 

Explanation: In the first verse the equation adds up to 32. 32 degrees is the temperature that can lead to snow in winter. One of Pekin's popular sledding areas is near the hiding spot. "It can be thrilling" relates to sledding and "grasp" and "ride" applies to it as well. "Black and White" in the second verse speaks to the theme in this clue of snow. "Black" relates to the parking lot at the top of the sledding hill. The last two lines tell the Hunter to think in context as to the winter application within the entirety of the clue.

Clue 7 
We enjoy the changing seasons 
Since they all add up to fun... 
Generations have enjoyed it 
What precedes the names in five-let's get this done. 

An east- west road below us may guide you. 
Describes something not used this time of year. 
Nearby woods are thick I remind you 
They're too small for any deer. 

Explanation: In the first two lines the seasons add up to four- as in four years of high school. The next two lines go back to Clue Five and the reference to "III" or the "third"- they are preceded by Junior and Senior. In the second verse, the east-west road is Toboggan- "something not used this time of year". Also, PCHS was once comprised of a East and West Campus. The last two lines refer to the small wooded area where the medallion was hidden.

Congratulations to Angie and Patrick Bumbalough. They join a handful of accomplished hunters who have found it more than once. 

Clue 7 was released at 6:30 am. I received the call about 40 minutes later. A number of other hunters were in the vicinity. Such is the dedication and determination of hunters. And, what a testimony to the popularity of the Pepsi-Marigold Medallion Hunt. 

Thank you. 

Gary Gillis 
Cluemeister

The Hunt is Over

The Pepsi Marigold Medallion was found! Congratulations to Patrick and Angie Bumbalough who found the medallion about 7:00am in the grove of trees north of Pekin Community High School.

Clue #7

Clue 7

We enjoy the changing seasons,
Since they all add up to fun.
Generations have enjoyed it.
What precedes the names in five- come on let's get this done.

An east- west road below us,
Describes something not used this time of year.
Nearby woods are thick I remind you.
They're too small for any deer.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Update

If the Pepsi Marigold Medallion has not been found, Clue #7 will be released at 6:30am on Monday.

Clue #6


Clue #6



Nine and MJ's most popular number,

Add up to lead the way.

It can be thrilling when you grasp it.

Ride carefully I should say.



If you think about it,

It's as plain as black and white.

Focus on the contextual.

Think further and you'll be right.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Clue #5


Clue # 5



Alec Baldwin, a King George
Desi Arnaz and even Luke Perry.
Names with something in common;
Research well and do not tarry

Look high and low very carefully.
Things standing out, meant to be seen.
So many natural surroundings,
Part of a broken sea of green.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Clue #4

I've said for years that this should be hard.
I know you may think I'm wrong.
Step by step and bit by bit,
The journey often seems long.

Stand together like a dynamic duo.
Move up or straight ahead.
Rules are important to hunters.
A warning plus so much that's said.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Clue #3

Clue #3

Oh the air is crisp and clear,
As I look to my left and right.
While things look so similar,
In truth, they are different sights.

There are a number of ways to work this.
Allow your mind to be free.
Accumulation and determination;
Places for them and places for me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Clue #2

Clue #2

To write clues you must have two faces,
One quiet and one on the go.
You can think in a matrix or just be simple,
While sending every hunter to and fro.

You might need a compass to guide you.
Don't get lost in your attempt.
Watch for things that might make you itch,
And come out of this all unkempt.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Clue #1

Clue # 1

We arrive as we should at the beginning.
The time has come to go find your prize.
Hidden with care and caution;
Not so easy for prying eyes.

As always I'll guide you with various colors.
What they are may not always be.
I'll defer eventual reveals.
Yet a discerning detective might actually see.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 Pepsi Medallion Hunt Begins Soon

The first clue of the 2018 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt will be released at noon on Monday, August 27th.  The clues will be available on this website, and on the Pekin Marigold Festival Facebook page.

Full rules and other information will be posted soon.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Clue Explanations


Clue Explanations-


Whenever I begin searching for a possible hiding spot, I scan for things that are simply part of the background to a less discerning eye.  They are my "bread crumbs," disguised or camouflaged for the hunter to find.  Laying out this hunt I noted the bird houses standing alone in the middle of fields along McNaughton Drive; the tree with no branches in the center of the turnaround at the end of it; the park bench facing into the woods near the closest trail, and the lead trail itself, full of erosion and washouts.


Besides such directional references, I often create conceptual ones. Taking an aerial view of the park, the end of the drive appears to be near its center.  With a number of trails fanning out from it, I visualized it as a virtual clock face by which I could use "time" to guide the Hunter to the chosen path.  With all this in mind, here are my explanations:


 #1
Thirty years of composing clues
Hard to believe it's so
Is it time to call it quits
Which way will I choose to go.

Pepsi has been so good to us
Going to be there when you know
I envision houses standing
Lined up all in a row.

Explanation:  "time" is for my virtual clock which becomes a key reference
"Pepsi" and "going to be there" hints at the Pepsi bottle placed near the hiding spot.
"Houses standing nearby", are the bird houses in a number of fields as you approach the hiding area, which as you go from field to field appear "lined up in a row".

#2
A multiplicity of colors
Punctuate the scene
Your virtual numeric devices
It applies when you know what I mean.

It's part curiosities and oddities
There's an implicit faith in my nature
An outlook born in research
A study in my nomenclature.

Explanation:  "multiplicity of colors" is an area overview, with green, brown, red (in the nature signs), and lake and various tree trunk colors.  There are also multiple places to enter the Park or get to it.

"Virtual numeric devices" is the clock reference again.
"Curiosities and oddities" point to the huge tree trunk in the turnaround area with no limbs or leaves, and the park bench that faces into the woods rather than the open park space.
"Nature" is a veiled reference to the open outdoors. "Research" and "study" instruct the hunter that this may require additional homework and examination.  "Nomenclature" tells hunters that I use a different language- that of double and hidden meanings.

#3
Some things stare you in the face
Leading you here or there
But I found it said nothing
Alone in a world without care

In life you find you have to figure it out
But at times we need instruction
Sources that are there to help us
Think and aid in deduction

Explanation:  "stare you in the face" relates to the round silver-dollar sized market on the tree closest to the spot; the brown directional sign pointing toward the location; and another reference to a clock "face".  (I also worded it that way in case the temporary closing of Route 98 on the west side lasted longer than planned.  It was only closed two days.  There was another way to go "Leading you here or there".)  That clue also referred to all the geographical markers with arrows indicating direction; the fork in the trail near the hiding spot and again the number of ways to enter the park.  The last two lines in the first verse relate to the marker with no further coordinates or instruction.  The whole second verse is a discussion of those same directional signs used in the GPS brown markers all over the park.

#4
If you look you'll find combinations
A centerpiece of this year
Time after time it will be there
Look down its pretty clear

When you get it I'll hand it to you
From there you may find direction
Think of an aspiring flyer
Who fails on final selection

Explanation:  "find combinations, a centerpiece of this year."  Route 98, the only direct way to get to the location, when combined adds up to 17, as in 2017.  Two trails near the hiding place "combine". "Time after time" refers to a clock face again, and "looking down its pretty clear" helps visualize the clock face from above. "Hand" is for clock hands.  "Find direction" are the GPS markers.  "Aspiring flyer who misses out on final selection" is a metaphor for "wash out" which is the very obvious erosion on the one direct path from the circular turnaround.

#5
Like an aging sentinel
A beacon along the way
Others reach out in welcome
While he stands alone from the fray.

A face full of shadows
Nowhere left to turn
Guidance to a new beginning
And a view of little to discern

Explanation:  "aging sentinel" is the large, tree trunk with no branches.  It is very obvious when you look at the grassy area in the circular drive.  "Others reach out" are the trees behind it. "Stand alone" again describes the tree trunk.  "Face full of shadows" tells you "Five O'clock" which is the virtual location of the entry path if looking down on the turnaround as a simulated clock face.  "Nowhere left to turn" is the end of the road into the park. "Guidance" leads to the path.  "Little to discern" is the bench looking into the woods.  There is plenty of open space behind it, but it faces close to the woods.

#6



Examine closely and you might find

A place known for its teens

An exercise in interpretation

It's different than it seems.



So enjoy the rest of your weekend

Keep going until the end.

Form a team of detectives,

Or a gathering of family and friends.



Explanation: "a place known for its teens" are the baskets on the Disc Golf course.  Those in the teens are near the spot.  "Exercise" refers to McNaughton Park's hiking trails.

"Different than it seems" relates back to the "teen" reference indicating that the clue was referring to numbers and not a group of young people. "Keep going until the end" is the end of McNaughton Rd.  "Team" relates to Disc Golf, and "gathering of family and friends" relates to the picnic areas in the park.



Clue 7



The no's know what you should know,

Part of the rules that are the same.

A progression prominently posted,

Like the sign that bears its name.

  

Expand you mind, seek other ways.

I'm not ready to point the way yet.

You'll tread softly as you get closer,

Realizing you can't see the sun set.





Explanation:  There is a sign "prominently posted" with rules prefaced by "no".  They are the "rules" for users of the park and is routed in wood like the park's entry sign- "the sign that bears its name".

"Expand you mind" hints as to a large area or park: "point" is for the arrow on one of the GPS signs near the main trail head.  "Tread softly" means you are walking on a quiet surface- in this case land- rather than pavement or another hard surface.  Since the medallion was hidden in the woods, "you can't see the sun set."

This eliminates many open spaces you'll find in the park.



 Clue 8



Back to work my hunting friends,

Time to look down and map it out.

Seek the center of a virtual clock.

There is a place to turn about.



By quitting time you'll need your space.

Think of what lies still and see what fits.

On your journey lies a bird in a triangle,

It's the law and they've registered it.





Explanation:  The first verse was written to help hunters visualize the general location.  Looking at a map, the circular turn around at the end of McNaughton Dr. serves as the center of a clock face.  In Clue 5, "face full of shadows" denotes 5 o'clock.  The main trail would be close to 5 o'clock on such a clock face.  That also is "quitting time".  "Lies still" is ""still waters" for Lakes Butterfield and Zuercher.  "Bird in triangle" is the Illinois Registered Reserve sign along the trail which announces that it's the "law" and registered.



 There you have it.  The challenge always lies in "dosage".  How much detail do you give and when?  Medallion Hunters are good, dedicated and undeniably thorough.  That fact resonates with me as I mentally construct my approach and begin to write.  With a large park like McNaughton, I chose the "clock" concept because I knew it would be a difficult challenge and eliminate any hint that would be exclusive to that type of park.  Likewise, when we get to later clues, I need to make it easier but avoid making it too obvious to the last possible moment.  I felt from the beginning that this hunt would require some work- both physical and intellectual.  It proved to be just that.



Congratulations Kendall, Seth and Todd on a job well done.  Thank you everyone for being a part of it.




Gary Gillis

Cluemeister

More details

The Pepsi Medallion was found by a team of 3 guys: Kyndall Zander, Seth Ranney, and Todd Vansaghi.  They had it narrowed down last night, and then went back out at 6am this morning.  They found it about 6:45am.  The medallion was hidden in McNaughton Park...about 200 yards down a trail southeast from the turnaround at the end of McNaughton Park Road.  It was about 30 feet off the trail in low brush.  The clue explanations will be posted soon.

Medallion Found!

The Pepsi Marigold Medallion was found at 6:45am this morning off a trail in McNaughton Park.  More information to follow.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Clue #8

Back to work my hunting friends,
Time to look down and map it out.
Seek the center of a virtual clock
There is a place to turn about.

By quitting time you'll need your space.
Think of what lies still and see if it fits.
On your journey lies a bird in a triangle,
It's the law and they've registered it.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Clue #7

The no's know what you should know,
Part of the rules that are the same.
A progression prominently posted,
Like the sign the bears its name.

Expand your mind, seek other ways.
I'm not ready to point the way yet.
You'll tread softly as you get closer,
Realizing you can't see the sun set.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Clue #6


Clue # 6


Examine closely and you might find,
A place known for its teens.
An exercise in interpretation;
It's different than it seems.

So enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Keep going until the end.
Form a team of detectives,
Or a gathering of family and friends.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Clue #5

Like an aging sentinel;
A beacon along the way,
Others reach out in welcome
While he stands alone from the fray.

There's time for a face full of shadows
Nowhere left to turn
Guidance to a new beginning
And a view of little to discern





Thursday, August 31, 2017

Clue # 4

If you look you'll find combinations;
A centerpiece of this year.
Time after time it will be there.
Looking down it's pretty clear.


When you get it I'll hand it to you.
From there you may find direction.
Think of an aspiring flyer,

Who fails in final selection.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Clue #3

Some things stare you in the face,
Leading you here or there.
But I found it said nothing,
Alone in a world without care.

In life you have to figure it out.
But at times we need instruction.
Sources that are there to help us,
Think and aid in our deduction.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Clue #2

A multiplicity of colors
Punctuate the scene
Your virtual numeric devices
It applies when you know what I mean.

It's part curiosities and oddities.
There's an implicit faith in my nature.
An outlook born in research;
A study in nomenclature.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Clue #1

Thirty years of composing clues,
Hard to believe it's so.
Is it time to quit or continue?
Which way will I choose to go?

Pepsi has been so good to us,
Going to be there when you know.
I envision houses standing.
Lined up all in a row.



Disclaimer


The Pepsi Marigold Medallion will be found on PUBLIC PROPERTY, either within or contiguous to city boundaries, or owned by a Pekin Public body.
It is NOT hidden on any golf course, inside the stadium area, inside Dragonland, inside any school facility, around the Sun Dial, or in close proximity to the Pekin Archery Range or the UAW Highrise. The Medallion is NOT hidden within a recessed light fixture at the Pekin Public Library or in close proximity to the Pekin Federal Prison's fenced perimeter.
Hunters do not need to dig up or climb up to find the Medallion. It may be carefully camouflaged or hidden within something easily accessible and not requiring disassembly. The chosen hiding place is always selected with safety and accessibility given the highest consideration.
Finally, be on the watch for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, and PLEASE, be respectful of others' property as well as your fellow hunters.



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Clue Explanations

This year's chosen location had been on my short list for a few years.  When I went out to research it more closely I knew exactly what references I had to work with.  It is one of those "hide in plain sight" spots that is so noticeable on the periphery but unknown regarding specifics.  Walking up and looking at the gated west side I knew immediately I could have some fun with it.  From signs, to generators, and a fence with barbed wire at the top, there were possible references galore.

A cell tower is impossible to hide, but here, many of the clues lied at it's base.  With the bushes that surround it fully hiding and enclosing the area, there was no doubt that it was time for "game on".

Here are your explanations:

Clue #1

It is no secret that in the past I have used numbers and letters, and sometimes a certain number of letters in total or a particular sequence.  For example, one year, when the medallion was hidden at the dog training area, I wrote a clue with nine "k's" in it to represent K9 or Canine.  In the first verse of Number One, the letter "h" appears four times.  The hiding place is close to a number of 4H building.

In the second verse I was setting up some hunt parameters.  There are many signs in the area with plenty of numbers - both on Stadium Drive that runs next to it, as well as the signs on the cell tower area fence.  "Boundaries: refers to the tall chain link fence that encloses the area.


Clue #2

One thing I noticed when I explored the area was an access road that is hard to see from Stadium Drive - other words, "often unseen".  But looking at MapQuest's Satellite View it is plainly obvious.  That view also shows that the enclosed area revealed that "everything is there" that you would need.  The second verse pointed to one of the "ironies" or oddities that I sometimes stumble upon when seeking clue sources.  There is a road sign within mere feet of the cell tower enclosure that says "Cell Phone Use Prohibited".  I found it a strange "coincidence and irony".

To notice that you really had to "look, but think."  I didn't recognize it until I was looking at the hunt prep photos I took.


Clue # 3

If you found the general area, this clue would likely seal the deal for a hunter.  "Power" refers to the generator inside the tower enclosure.  There are bat houses in the area so it "drives you batty." Nearby is an "underground" cable marker.  A "sign: tells you how about "FCC Registration" which is an extension of the word "register".  The second verse is an attempt to draw your attention to the cell tower and general area.  If you "shake your head in acknowledgement", you are moving it up and down - just as you would when looking at a cell tower.  It can also be a pain in the neck that is an "exercise that exacts a price".  A difficult exercise would also be climbing up the cell tower ladder- a "a climb (that) is certainly not nice".  Finally, that are of Mineral Springs Park runs "broad ( and to Broadway) and deep".


Clue # 4

"Heard" is a cell phone reference as is "everyone's discussing it."  "Easy disguises may not be enough" refers to the large evergreen skirting that hide the electrical items at the tower base but clearly is not enough to hide or completely mask the cell tower.  When reviewing the clues with my trusted "Bouncers" they admitted to not even noticing that a cell tower is there.  There eyes "play tricks".  "Discover by hook" describes the chain "link" fence.

"Doors so few can open" are the gate to the area and the doors on the side of some of the electrical facilities within.


Clue #5

The first verse begins with cell phone references.  "Family and Friends" is a play on the popular "Friends and Family" discount cell phone plans.  "All the people we reach" is another cell phone usage reference.  "Lessons and learning", "wisdom", and "teach" refer to Pekin High School at the top of the nearby hill, and the differing lessons provided through a wide selection of Pekin Park Programs.

The last verse deal with the circumstances that places a cell tower in that location.  Those towers are private facilities.  They pay a lease to a public body - in this case the Pekin Park District.  Consequently, "they don't seem to belong" and as a privately owned entity in a park, they are "not where you'd expect them to be."  However, by paying that lease - often for many years - "they've earned the right to be there."


Clue #6

This clue zeroed in on items easily recognizable if a person was in the area and studied the cell tower enclosure.  If you were right there, these references would have tipped the hunter off that they were very close.

There is a  diesel "fuel" tank that refers to a 210 gallon "capacity."  "Color of cowards" is yellow and you will notice the two yellow squares in the diamonds on the power generators ("spotted in more than one place")  Finally, "strung alone" relates to the rope and bollard that runs along the bike trail adjacent to the area.


There you have it.  Christie Gray is the third repeat winner in the history of this storied event.  Every winner can testify to this being both an intellectual and physical exercise.  As a matter of fact, Christie shared that she had walked 7700 hundred steps the morning she found it - and she was just getting started!  Medallion Hunt success always is characterized by working smarter, and harder.  Anyone who finds the Pepsi Marigold Medallion can justifiably make the claim: "I earned it!"

As always, thank you to Pepsi for their on-going support; thank you to a fantastic staff at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce; thank you to my Bouncers and my Designated Hider; and thank you to all who make this event a part of their life for a few days at the end of summer.  My hope is that I bring you a little bit of joy and escape, and get your heart racing knowing that maybe this might... "be your year."

Gary Gillis
Cluemeister... Since 1988


The Medallion has been found!

Congratulations to Christie Gray who found the 2016 Pepsi Marigold Medallion late Saturday morning.  She found it in bushes near near the cell tower located in Mineral Springs Park.  This is off stadium drive, north of diamond six, and near the 4-H buildings.  Christie is an avid hunter who also found the medallion in 2011!