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Salina Sleuths on KSAL

KSAL StaffJune 11, 2014

Billy Taylor loves a good mystery, but is still a bit mystified by the media attention his family has received this week after finding the 2014 Smoky Hill River Festival Medallion.

“They told me after we won some of the media might contact me and I thought who’s going to call me – but this has been great!”

Billy, his son Nick and daughter Ashley joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a look at the search that ended on Monday morning. “It was really a few clues that led to the museum – and then Nick’s great eye that was the deciding point,” Billy said.

After 11 clues had been released his 16-year-old son’s close examination of the One-Way sign paid off, “The sign was really rusty and it looked like there was a bit of paint peeling on the arrow,” Nick said.

“I just decided to go ahead and peel it off, and the entire arrow came off.”

This year the medallion was shaped like an arrow and was located on a One-Way sign in an alley behind the the Smoky Hill Museum.

Billy Taylor tells KSAL News he did not give up because he loves the hunt. “I really wanted to find it,” he said.

Billy added his wife Kathy, who helped in the search, is looking forward to finding some beautiful art pieces to bring home with the prize money.

The Taylor family wins a Festival Quest Weekend Package valued at over $4,000, including $2,000 in cash and $2,000 in festival gift certificates. Billy says that his wife will use the festival gift certificates, while the cash will come in handy for the rest of the family.
The prize package includes:
$2,000 cash
$2,000 in Festival Gift Certificates, to be used toward purchases in the Fine Art Show, Four Rivers Craft Show, or the Art/Craft Demonstration Area
Four Festival admission Buttons
One on-ground Festival parking pass (weather permitting)
Invitation for four to the Festival’s Art Patron Breakfast on June 14
Assorted Festival T-shirts, entertainer’s CDs, and other Festival memorabilia

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