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The 2015 Treasure Hunt is sponsored by Trade Mart Furniture Center and Whistle Binkies Pubs. Please thank them for their support of Rochesterfest!



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Three days of clues and two BONUS clues were all that was necessary to bring Josh, Joey and Jake to the 2015 Treasure location! Each year our intrepid searchers take one element of the clues to mean a specific location in their minds. This year it was the "sandbox of men" that took this trio to Cascade Lake Park and its two-plus miles of trail. The Treasure was tucked into the back of the protective mesh wrapped around the base of the dozens of trees surrounding the Cascade Lake area. One special tree held the Treasure, which itself was wrapped in a black sleeve. It was found Monday afternoon. Congratulations to Josh, Joey and Jake, who will exchange the medallion for this year's grand prize, $1,000 on Friday, June 26, during Noontime Entertainment at Rochesterfest!




Twenty-five for the union, twenty-nine – rebel side. (On the Cascade Lake Park trail, after the Highway 14 walking bridge, there are trees on both north "Union" side and south "rebel" side. The Treasure was on the north side in the 25th tree.)

Could this arborist’s soldier contain where I hide? (Indicates a tree.)

The whisper of leaves will conceal and confide. (Tree.)


CLUE #1 – SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015

The Fest in Fifteen and this first clue not stark.

One thousand good reasons to Walk in the Park. (Simply speaking to the cash prize and alluding to the 2015 slogan.)

To new heights we will climb as I motivate many. (Alluding to the larger prize.)

Let’s be frank and admit that you want every penny.

Do not wreck the view as you evaluate banter.

Stick to the middle but clear of the center. (Middle of town but not right in the center of town.)


CLUE #2 – SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015

Rock ‘n roll now to the Fest Treasure’s home. (Quarrying and lots of bikes/inline skates on the trail around Cascade Lake.)

A walk in the park is a vast sward to comb. (The tree location is on the edge of a larger mowed area that circles Cascade Lake.)

The closer you get to the sandbox of men. (There is active dredging and large sand piles at Cascade Lake.)

But far enough past to tread safely again. (On the opposite, "safe" side of the lake.)

But the bonus is better when ‘tween lines you read. (Each tree has protective shielding that is made up of vertical and horizontal "lines.")

A grand reward for those who proceed. ($1,000 to the finder, or one "grand.")



Sway with the breeze, a shelter for flyers. (Trees.)

My fuel may be offered for numerous fires. (Wood, from trees.)

The cataract tamed regulates and inspires. (A "cascade" made into a great city park, with regulated pathways and inspirational views.)


CLUE #3 – MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

Still attached to your quarry? That’s a big park to walk. (The dredging looks like quarrying in a park, and the trail around "big" Cascade Lake is over 2 miles long.)

The raptor can see it though foxes may balk. (Straight south of the location, "Eagle" Lane SW is nearby, but "Foxcroft" in SW is behind a hill.)

The ubiquitous watch over twenty and twelve, ("Universal" Marine & RV is nearby, as well as city soccer fields. Twelve "pentagons" and twenty "hexagons" make up a standard soccer ball. Both are quite visible from the Treasure hiding place.)

while the clues focus into that which you should delve.



NEW FOR 2015! 

  • $1,000 for this year's finder, courtesy of Trade Mart Furniture Center and Whistle Binkies Pubs!
  • Clues begin Saturday, June 20, with one BONUS CLUE available at Trade Mart!
  • A second BONUS CLUE available Monday, June 22 at BOTH Whistle Binkies Pubs!

The Hunt begins earlier, the clues will be more challenging, the Treasure buried deeper!

Special thanks to Trade Mart Furniture Center, 3050 7th Street NW Rochester, MN, and Whistle Binkies Pubs (North and South) for sponsoring the 2015 Rochesterfest Treasure Hunt.  Please visit the Trade Mart website for their Saturday store hours at, and the Whistle Binkies Pubs website for their Monday hours.

One BONUS CLUE will be available at Trade Mart Furniture Center on the first day of the Treasure Hunt, at store opening. One additional BONUS CLUE available Monday of the Fest at BOTH Whistle Binkies Pubs.


This year’s treasure is a gold medallion, hidden somewhere in the city of Rochester, on public property (but not on a golf course or cemetery, and NEVER on private property that might appear open to the public.  You will absolutely know if you find it!  Once found, it must be exchanged for its bounty.

Search, but please don't destroy the natural beauty of Rochester or the Treasure hiding place!  Each day's clue will bring you closer to the treasure's location.

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Where, oh where would a Treasure hide? We have a pretty good idea where it has been hidden in past years, but where will is surface in 2015?We've also found some terrific motivation from other area Treasure Hunts. Want to see what we see? Visit the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt or Red Wing's River City Days to see if it helps. (Probably not.)

Explore the complete history of the Rochesterfest Treasure Hunt! Good hunting!

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