Nickle Dickle Medallion found in Cedar Point Park

Lloyd Graupmann of Plato, left, and his son, Jason Graupmann of Waconia, sit on the retaining wall at Cedar Point Park that hid the Nickle Dickle Day medallion this year. With them are Jason’s sons Austin and Adam. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

The 20th annual Nickle Dickle Medallion hunt came to an end on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The father/son team of Lloyd Graupmann of Plato and Jason Graupmann of Waconia, along with members of their family, found the medallion in a retaining wall located near the basketball court at Cedar Point Park at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

For finding the brass medallion, which was hidden in a red bag, the pair receive a $200 prize and a championship plaque. Both will be awarded during a ceremony held at 1 p.m. at City Square Park on Nickle Dickle Day, Saturday, Sept. 14.

To learn more about the Graupmann’s hunt, check out next week’s Patriot. In the meantime, here are all of the clues that led them to Cedar Point Park.

Medallion Hunt Clue #1
We are soon approaching our 52nd Nickle Dickle Day community celebration and the infamous hunt for the medallion. Imagine how time flies as this year will be the 20th anniversary of the Community Ed fun runs and the St. Joe’s 3×3 basketball tournament!  The medallion hunt starts today and will lead up to the festivities in the park and throughout Waconia on September 14th. Good luck on your hunt!

Medallion Hunt Clue #2
The Variety of events happening on Nickle Dickle Day; like music in the gazebo, kids playing in the park, the pie eating contest, and new the year, the Nickle Dickle Pickle making contest all remind me of the phrases: Laugh like no one is listening, Sing as if no one can hear, Dance as if no one is watching, Smile ‘til your face hurts.  What wonderful memories this day brings.  Now continue your search and smile ‘til your face hurts!

Medallion Hunt Clue #3
Clue #3 takes us back in time 52 years, when things were much simpler.  No iPads, laptops or cell phones, just face to face conversations. Kids spent more time playing kick the can, h-o-r-s-e and hop scotch. Gas was 31 cents, milk was 49 cents and the cost of a new home was $17,200. The Minnesota Lakers moved from Minneapolis to LA, and the MN Vikings kicked off their first season. Lastly, one of the great voices in music, Patsy Cline, released the hit “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces”. In your walk down memory lane, good luck in your search for the medallion!

Medallion Hunt Clue #4
To hunt the medallion make sure you run swiftly out the door. When day breaks there will be a full court press ‘cuz where the medallion is, is anybody’s guess. You may need to fish a little deeper, because this cherished treasure sure is a keeper.