Written by on September 27, 2021

Kate Lopas and John Kakacek found the 2021 Oktoberfest Medallion Monday morning under a bridge by the Marsh Trails near the Kwik Trip Distribution Center.

Kate & John will collect the prize package, which includes $500 cash and a souvenir medallion from Satori Arts.

Congrats Kate and John!

Here’s the rules and the clues from this year’s hunt:

The Oktoberfest USA Medallion Hunt is sponsored by Altra Federal Credit Union. One clue per day will be issued until the Medallion is found. Clues are posted on the Oktoberfest USA Facebook, Instagram, and website at approximately 7 a.m. each day.

Medallion Hunt rules are similar to previous years. The 2021 Oktoberfest Medallion:

  • Is always located within the La Crosse city limits
  • Is never buried in the ground
  • Is always on public property
  • Is accessible 24 hours, but posted hours should be observed
  • Fits in the palm of a hand
  • May be camouflaged

Oktoberfest USA requests that all medallion hunters respect public and private property (as well as their fellow hunters) while trying to locate the medallion. In addition to not damaging foliage while searching for the medallion, we ask that all medallion hunters follow local and national guidance regarding COVID-19 precautions.

Clue No. 1 – We waited an extra 24 months to celebrate 60 years, grab your shoes and jacket to shift into the right gears; Prost! to bluffs, rivers, and hilly terrain, autumn in the Coulee Region is anything but plain.

Clue No. 2 – The landscape architect from Massachusetts he came, penned the system that continues to gain fame; Parks and trails serving up lots of fun, get there early for the nearby spot to catch the sun.

Clue No. 3 – Whether a trail of dirt, rocks or blacktop, stay the course with a plan to eventually stop; Watch for severe weather that could add some debris, be careful so you can make it scot-free.

Clue No. 4 – A major playmaker for the city in the early 20th century, built a saintly stopping point in a hurry; Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, be on time or don’t expect any graces.

Clue No. 5 – Big winds have supposedly ceased because of these, large, medium and small: something for everyone to please; One of the three will help direct you the way, discover which one and you won’t go astray.

Clue No. 6 – Travel through beautiful marshland and refuge, you’ll find the vast area next to Ol’ Man River huge; Hints of the Twin Cities and the Windy City remain, in certain areas you’ll even glide by rails of today’s train.

Clue No. 7 – Screened limestone provides a level path that’s somewhat rugged, along the route of the lasting rival competitor it often remains paralleled; Served as a thoroughfare for nearly a hundred years, since the ’70s part of the 400 state path with shifting gears.

Clue No. 8 – Dating back decades to a humble start in Eau Claire and La Crosse, quickly the company would not be at a loss; Now a Midwestern staple for those on the road, no matter if the trip is by truck or carload.

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