It took ten days, but Sunday morning the 2013 Festival Quest ended.
This year’s coveted medallion turned out to be a cast of a bean pod, with a note inside it.
Shortly after Sunday’s clue was released, Denise Tarver of Salina found the prize. The pod shaped medallion was discovered in a public green space, just north of Schilling Road, near a tree line.
Tarver esitmated that she spent about 40 hours in the Schilling area looking for the medallion. She spent even more time trying to decipher the clues. She says that she has been actively hunting for the medallion since the contest began.
The final clues that gave it away were “the beans are spilled” and “in to the brush, crack the case”.
Tarver wins over $4,000 in cash and prizes. Among her winnings is $2,000 in cash, $2,000 in gift certificates, festival buttons, and VIP festival parking.
Tarver is the 5th ever winner of the festival quest hunt. The ten days it took to find it is the longest ever, by 48 hours. Though many of the same people put a lot of effort into searching each year, there has never been a repeat winner.