Scavengers find the prize in Riverside Park

Jeffrey Hage / Union-Eagle Colby Shoutz, right, holds the 2013 Rum River Festival medallion that he and his brothers found on Wednesday, June 12, to win the festival medallion hunt. Caleb Handshoe is at right. Brenden Steinbrink is at center.

Jeffrey Hage / Union-Eagle
Colby Shoutz, right, holds the 2013 Rum River Festival medallion that he and his brothers found on Wednesday, June 12, to win the festival medallion hunt. Caleb Handshoe is at right. Brenden Steinbrink is at center.

When Colby, Caleb and their little brother Brenden heard the Wednesday, June 12, clue in the Rum River Festival medallion hunt, they were excited.
The boys had been led to the Princeton Area Library by the clue of the previous day. With a little help from their mother, Jenny Handshoe, they had arrived at the library at about 8:30 a.m. Colby, 9, and Caleb, 8, with Brenden, 2, were hot on the trail after thinking it was in a park across the street from Rum River Auto at 101 Fourth Ave. N.
They were searching feverishly for the medallion when the Wednesday clue was announced shortly after 9 a.m.
“Park here and play… or bring your pole and fish all day,” read the clue. They immediately relocated their search to Princeton’s Riverside Park.
They looked for the medallion near the playground. They looked by the river, too. The boys looked under picnic tables — and inside and outside of the grills standing in the park.
It wasn’t until the boys went up by the memorial to veterans that Lady Luck began working in their favor. When Colby looked behind a plaque on the memorial he saw something covered in duct tape.
“I knew it was there,” Colby said.
Colby and Caleb said with about five other people looking for the medallion, they wanted to keep their discovery quiet.
“We wanted to keep it hush, hush,” Caleb said.
With a medallion in hand, one would think the boys would rush to the office of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce to claim their prize, but that wasn’t the case.
It had been a rainy morning and the boys were pretty dirty from scavenging in the park.
“We went home and cleaned up first,” Colby said.
The boys claimed their $100 prize and had their picture taken for the newspaper. With their winnings, Colby is eyeing a remote control car. Caleb wants a new toy monster truck. Young Brenden want a new Batman action figure, he said.

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