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Rose Festival Announces 2020 Treasure Hunt Start Date

Hunter Alert: the Rose Festival Treasure Hunt is on! Portland’s ultimate social distancing event is finally set. The Rose Festival will release Clues daily starting Sunday, July 19, through August 1, 2020, at this website. The treasure to be found is a 2.5-inch by 3-inch block of Lucite, with a special Rose Festival Medallion embedded in it.

Find Clues at this location:


The block will be placed in a small metal case, and will be hidden on public property in one of five counties in the Portland metro area: Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill and Clark County in Washington State. Hunters can get the Clues every morning starting at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 19, 2020, through Saturday, August 1 (or until the Medallion is found). The person who finds the Medallion is eligible for a $500 prize from the Rose Festival, and a one night stay (including dinner) for two at Spirit Mountain Casino.

The Treasure Hunt was a very popular program that began in the mid-80′s, and continued for nearly 20 years. A Rose Festival Medallion was hidden on public property somewhere in the Portland-metro area, and daily Clues were offered in The Oregonian to help hunters narrow down the location of the treasure. These Clues made reference to local history as well as geography, and often they were so obscure that they generated a lot of “water cooler talk” among casual observers and hunters alike as they tried to decipher the meaning of Clues.
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