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Annual Yule Log Hunt

Annual Yule Log Hunt
2017 Yule Log Winners
***THE LOG WAS FOUND ON THE EVENING OF DEC. 17 AT THE BUD WERNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY. The Yule Log was found on 12/17 at 7:30 pm by Dan and Becky Edmiston.

The couple had been following and solving the clues since the first clue and caught on that the direction began at the ski area and was moving towards downtown. They had solved the Fetcher Pond clue and planned for a long search along the bike path from their house in Fairview. With headlamps and warm clothing on, they left around 7:00. Becky spotted the log and “was just ecstatic” to be the winner. They’ve lived in Steamboat for about 8 years and have participated in the hunt each year.

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2018 Clues:

Clue #1- Monday, Dec. 10, 2018:
A western scene, a historic ride.
Skis on board, horseman at her side.
A symbol of the time, world-renown.
Preserved for its history and the town.

Clue #2- Tuesday, Dec. 11:
In 1932 he went down in shame.
Dressed as a lady, theft on the brain.
Curtains and a wig gave him away.
The hunt is on, don’t delay.

Clue #3- Wed., Dec. 12:
Boyhood memories and open space.
Picture perfect, let’s slow the pace.
A distinguished entrance, forever more.
Can you decipher our historic lore?

Clue #4- Thursday, Dec. 13:
Moby Dick was its first name.
Given by G.W. who rose to fame.
Learn the basics or grab the mic.
Roll on down, play or hike.

Clue #5- Friday, Dec. 14
Austrian Alps, first and fame.
Adopted son, a household name.
“To Tell the Truth” or tell a lie.
Solve the riddle, or pass on by.

Clue #6- Monday, Dec. 17
Harvard grad, ranching dreams.
A lifetime legacy, awards to the seams.
River and water, the lifeblood of the valley.
You’re on the course, don’t stop, don’t dally.

Clue #7- Tuesday, Dec. 18
Pershing, Pin Ears, Hired Girl too.
Decker and Bird to name a few.
You’re on your way to find the treasure.
Don’t stop too soon, there’s more to measure.

The 39th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 10. Each weekday’s clues will be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page, air on local radio stations, and will also be printed in the Steamboat Pilot/Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to ten days, unless the log is found sooner.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every year, the clues take you on a path towards the log’s hiding place; they do not describe the hiding spot itself until the last few clues of the hunt. To encourage participants to solve the clues, and try to prevent hunters from finding log randomly without using the clues, we encourage everyone to solve the clues starting with clue #1. However, we will not place the log in its hiding place until after the release of clue #6 (new procedure last year).

The 2018 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: The More Barn in Barn Village. Clues often include information that refer to community history or past events. Unless the Log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released by the media on Friday, December 21.

Background: The Yule Log Hunt has been a traditional holiday event in this community for over 39 years! The three foot long, 25 pound log is hidden within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. It is distinctively marked with the words “Yule Log” (in RED letters) and at least a portion of it will be visible from its hiding place. The log will not be on private property, inside of buildings or in areas that charge fees to enter.

IF YOU FIND THE LOG: When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum and ask for Candice or Tamra (Museum # is 879-2214). They will announce the end of the hunt so that others on the hunt do not keep searching. The log must be physically presented to a Tread of Pioneers Museum staff person before the winner will receive the $150 Steamboat Chamber gift card (generously donated by the Steamboat Chamber). Join the fun, solve the clues, find the log and you will be $150 richer!
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