In less than a week, hundreds of people will be wandering all over Allen County looking for the Farm City Days medallion. What a great event that is challenging and encourages all of us to explore the great county we live in. The grand prize of $1,000 will go to the person that out does the competition and finds the medallion first, but we are all winners with this interactive event.
Jason Schmidt knows as well as anyone the dedication it takes to find the medallion. A year ago, he spent a countless number of hours searching and finally found it on the 10th day of the hunt. Not only was this the last day in regulation, but the weather had taken a turn and Jason was accompanied on the trails with lightning, thunder, rain, and a lot of other dedicated (but muddy) participants. Searching in this weather is not something he would say he is particularly proud of but the amazing thing to him is how many people were out there with him. By this time, he had searched every square inch of the trails on the south side of town, only to find it underneath the mat on a bridge that he had walked across at least 100 times. Jason was good, the best in the county, but still found this hunt to be both entertaining and challenging. This says a lot because hunting is not new to him, he’s an avid outdoorsman and has hunted most of his life. Ironically, he is also credited with finding the fugitive that was hiding out in Iola just a couple weeks ago. Maybe just a coincidence, but you get my point.
According to the Farm City Days committee president Aaron Franklin, this year’s hunt will be the best one yet. There will be more people looking and the clues have been perfected in a way that will have people running all over the county and back again. This will be a hunt for the record books and those that do not buy a Farm City Days button by October 2nd will regrettably miss out, because this year you must purchase a button by the events start date.
Thank you to the Farm City Days committee and everyone that participates in this event. This is a competition that requires us to be physically active, focused on Allen County, and interested in good competition with our neighbors. Buttons can be purchased for $2 a piece at the Iola Chamber of Commerce, Jump Start Travel Center, and TLC Garden Center.
Ryan Sparks, President