Medallion Quest Begins Wednesday

A popular treasure hunt type event in the days leading up to the Smoky Hill River Festival is back. The 2023 Festival Medallion Quest begins Wednesday.

According to Salina Arts and Humanities, the Festival Medallion Quest marks the official countdown to the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Beginning in 2009, the Medallion Quest began bringing the community together to celebrate the arts in a creative and connected way. ​Over the years, families and friends have searched side by side, solved riddles, and endeavored to find the Medallion.

The first Medallion Quest clue will be shared live from the steps of the Smoky Hill Museum at 211 West Iron Ave., at 4 pm on Wednesday, May 17, by Salina Arts & Humanities Arts Commissioners. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas is the sponsor for this year’s Quest.

After the launch on May 17, two different Festival Medallion Quest clues will be provided daily at 7:30 am and 4:30 pm until the Medallion is found. 

There is no cost to participate in Festival Medallion Quest. Participants must be 18 years of age to claim any prize. See complete Medallion Quest rules at 

The Festival Medallion Quest 2023 prize package includes the following: 

  • $1,000 in cash 
  • $2,000 in Festival Gift Certificates, to be used for purchases in the Fine Art and Craft Show or Art/Craft Demonstration Area during the Festival weekend 
  • Four complimentary Festival admission wristbands 
  • One on-grounds Festival parking pass (weather permitting) 
  • An invitation for four to attend the evening PREMIERE Art Patron Party on Thursday, June 8 
  • Four Smoky Hill River Festival t-shirts 


“The Festival Medallion Quest, just like the River Festival, is a celebration of community and the arts,” says Director Brad Anderson. “Thousands of co-workers, families, and friends get a chance to see the town through new eyes. It’s a fun chance to think like an artist.”

Since the Medallion Quest’s inception, thousands have taken part. The Medallion is a unique object designed each year by an artist. The custom-designed Medallion looks different each time. It has been made from wood, paper, clay, resin, or plastic, designed by an artist to resemble a wide variety of objects to ensure a challenging hunt.  

For more information on the Festival Medallion Quest or the Smoky Hill River Festival, call 785-309-5770, visit or