Treasure may not be gold, but it’s worth the effort

By : 
GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY
SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

All that glitters is not gold.

But that’s not to say that it’s not treasure

“As usual, the prize is $100 in Wykoff money, and I’ll post the clues at the Bank Gift Haus like I always do,” said Wykoff Fall Fest treasure hunt organizer Mary Sackett, who’s excited to entice treasure-hunters to start searching for the item that promises the finder that crisp Wykoff cash.        

She suggested that hunters get up early and get a running start on their search, quite some time before the parade on Saturday, Sept. 29, in order to have an advantage in the adventure. 

“I usually hide it in a hard place, so people do have to go out and hunt for it. It’s always somewhere where they can reach it, never over six feet from the ground, so there’s no climbing obstacles like trees or posts to get it,” said Sackett. “And I try to move it around town every year, put it in different parts each year so that they have to keep looking and can’t just guess that they can find it where it was last year.  I always put it on public property – not on people’s yards or near private property – so people won’t be trespassing.  And it will absolutely not be hidden in the veterans’ memorial because we want to respect the veterans who have served our country.” 

Of course, people won’t really knows what the treasure item looks like until they find it, but Sackett guarantees they’ll know it’s the treasure when they come across it, even though she finds something new to hide every year. 

The clues will be posted at The Bank Gift Haus as they are every year, as well as on the Wykoff information sign by the Gateway Inn Café, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. 

“Every hour, I’ll tape a new clue up, until 4 p.m., and I hope that by then, the treasure will be found.  The clues get more specific with every hour,” she said.

Sackett has a good time watching treasure-hunters venturing out into the chilly late-September weather, be it rain or shine, following the clues here and there until someone is victorious. 

“I like watching them.  It’s fun because I see the families out together — moms and dads with their kids, and the kids kind of team up, too,” she said. “They come and beg me to give them extra clues, or they try to trick me into saying something.  And the ones who find it are the true treasure-hunters, people who can tell what words in my rhymes are a clue, and after that, they’re out there, rain or shine.  It’s a fun time and a good part of Fall Fest.”