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Welcome to the Portland Rose Festival Treasure Hunt!

WELCOME to the 2023 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt!

The treasure being searched for in this event will be a small (approximately 2.5-inch by 3-inch) block of Lucite with a special Rose Festival Medallion embedded inside.

2023 Clues begin Sunday, May 28

A very popular program...

...that began in 1983, the Rose Festival Treasure Hunt continued until 2005, and then restarted in 2014. A Rose Festival Medallion is hidden on public property in the Portland-metro area. Daily clues are offered to help hunters narrow down the location of the Treasure. These clues make reference to local history, as well as geography. Often they are so obscure that they generate lots of “water cooler talk” among casual observers and hunters alike, as they try to decipher the meaning of clues!
Remember: CLUES will be released DAILY online here at the Rose Festival website at 10:00 a.m.

Clues will continue to be released until the contest end date (or until the medallion is found).

We encourage you to follow our Social Media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updates, but, again -- Clues will ONLY be posted here at the website.

The first to solve the Clues and find the Medallion will win those popular bragging rights -- along with a cash prize!

The 2023 prize consists of:
  • $1,000 (donated by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation)

So get your search engines ready to help you out. You can have a lot of fun checking online sources for information to assist you in uncovering the hidden meaning behind each Clue. Your home and public libraries can help you dig for information, or you just might find an educated friend or two who can share ideas!

See the 2023 rules:

View the PDF Map of Previous Medallion Locations:
Adobe PDF

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