Feb 3, 2013 - StaffPaul Avery said he and his family decided ahead of time that they would work together and find the Wild West Winter Carnival Medallion.
And that's exactly what they did.
It was Avery's 5-year-old grandson, Hunter Saltsgaver, who actually picked up the bronze disk from its hiding place Friday afternoon, but it was the culmination of a family effort.
"We had always been interested in it through the years," Avery said, "but this year we decided we would make a big effort" to find the medallion.
The family's success was worth $500, half of it paid by The Ranger and half by the WWWC.
The medallion was found near a telephone pole not far from the intersection of Young Road and Bee Road north of Riverton.
Avery said numerous other searchers were in the vicinity on Friday afternoon.
"One guy had just walked that fence line, but he just missed it."
This year's hunt lasted longer than usual. Nine of the possible 10 clues had been published in The Ranger by the time the medallion was returned. A typical hunt lasts about seven clues.
Other family members chimed in with details about the search effort in a happy scene Friday afternoon in The Ranger newsroom.
"We've been looking since day two," said one.
"I'm not sure we'll make any money on this once we account for all the gas," joked another.
Thursday's clue had referred to a rural road that "isn't Old," meaning Young Road. Friday's mentioned "a bug that's busy," indicating Bee Road.
As for the money, the family plans to attend the NASCAR race in Las Vegas in a few weeks, and the $500 will help with expenses -- and Hunter gets a new toy as his reward.
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