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Emerald City Search to Begin April 21st

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Find the medallion! The first clue will be revealed at 6:00am on April 21st.

No, this is not an announcement of a new video game, or the beginning of a post-economic collapse novel. Emerald City Search is back this year with two events to take place at the beginning and the end of Seattle’s Next Fifty celebration. The event coming up will focus on history. Looking back on Seattle, the 1962 World’s Fair, the clues will revolve around that past event as we look to the future. (October’s hunt will be all about the future.) The Next Fifty organization is a major contributor to this event. This is a celebration of Seattle, and considering the prize package, it’s also a celebration of the great fun to be had in our fair city.

If you like puzzles, or if you are a closet gumshoe (or a real gumshoe, though that might be considered poor sportsmanship) you should really check this out. This is what happens when you pair fun with geeky organizational skills. You can be a team, or go it alone. You don’t have to wear a costume, but there’s nothing in the rules against it.

For ten days (unless the medallion is found sooner) a clue will be released by Emerald City Search at 6:00am every day. You want to find that medallion. Not only will you get to wear it, but you’ll get the totally amazing prize package.

Whoever wins this thing is going to have a pretty great 2012. Get a load of this:

EMERALD CITY SEARCH 2012 APRIL PRIZE PACKAGE

  • Bumbershoot – Two Platinum Passes to Bumbershoot 2012 featuring VIP benefits; $950
  • EMP Museum – Family Membership and curatorial tour plus (2) tickets to Sound Off! 2013 finals; $787
  • Seattle Storm – Private Suite for the Seattle Storm home opener inc. reserved parking, catering, private restroom and autographed basketball; $750
  • Teatro ZinZanni – Dinner and show for (4) guests in the Producer’s booth, plus exclusive backstage tour; $644
  • Seattle Repertory Theater – Two 7-show subscriptions to Seattle Repertory Theater’s 50th anniversary season; $600
  • Seattle Monorail – VIP pass to ride the Monorail through January 2013; $540
  • KEXP – Music lover’s prize package inc. special VIP show invitations and a KEXP T-shirt; $500
  • Seattle Center – Parking Pass for the 1st Avenue garage good May – December 2012; $500
  • Rat City Rollergirls – 4 tickets to the Rat City Rollergirls Private Suite at KeyArena for a June or July RCRG bout, plus gift bag with T-shirt, water bottle, hat and program; $400
  • KeyArena – Tickets to the Black Keys on 5/8, LMFAO on 6/2 and Neil Diamond on 7/23; $370
  • Edgewater Hotel – Overnight stay and breakfast for two; $300
  • SIFF CINEMA – Annual Pass to SIFF CINEMA good for admission to any regular screening at SIFF Cinema Uptown and SIFF Film Center; $250
  • Pacific Science Center – Platinum Membership featuring two free tickets to the King Tut exhibition, a members-only preview a day before it opens to the public, VIP entrance, and other premium benefits; $250
  • MOHAI – One family level membership, invitations to a preview party and private tour of the new Lake Union Park museum, and MOHAI collectibles; $250
  • Seattle Opera – Tickets to opening night of Puccini’s Turandot; $250
  • Seattle Weekly – VIP tickets to Seattle Weekly’s Best of Party and Reverb Music Festival; $240
  • Tillicum Village – Family 4-pack including passage to Blake Island, salmon bake and show; $220
  • Space Needle – Dinner for two at SkyCity and vintage Space Needle pen from the 1962 World’s Fair; $200
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet – Exclusive backstage viewing of The Nutcracker; $200
  • Next 50 – Limited edition copy of The Future Remembered: The 1962 World’s Fair and Its Legacy plus Next 50 collectibles; $200
  • The Children’s Museum, Seattle – (3) Family 4-Packs to the Children’s Museum, Seattle; $120
  • Northwest Folklife Festival – Folklife T-shirts, “Live from the Festival” CDs, an official 2012 Folklife poster and VIP hospitality at the 2012 event; $100
  • Vera Project – Voucher for a free class and ticket to a concert, plus a 10th anniversary T-shirt; $100
  • Seattle Children’s Theatre – (4) tickets to any Thurs or Fri performance through April 2013; $100
  • Seattle Shakespeare Company – (2) tickets to fall production of Antony and Cleopatra; $72
  • Intiman Theatre – (2) tickets to Hedda Gabler (7/5), Romeo and Juliet (7/6), or Miracle! (7/7); $40
  • TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $8,933

I know, right? Ready yourselves for the hunt Seattle. May the best Seattlite win!

UPDATE: There is a winner! This from the official press release:

There is an official winner for the first Emerald City Search of 2012. Greg Barnes was crowned with the title when he found the medallion at approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood. The medallion, a cast-metal disk stamped with a World Geodetic Survey benchmark, was mounted on the locked gate of a long-forgotten fallout shelter, built in 1962.

Barnes found the medallion on clue number six, which read as follows: Opening day, Seattleites surveyed Horiuchi’s mural, Modern Art abstractions and Northwest traditions. On May 15th Stern’s violin and Lees’ vision broke new ground at the Opera House. “When I read the most recent clue, I had a really good idea about where the medallion might be and was looking in the same location last night, but in the wrong place,” says Barnes. “I’m excited for the great prize package, especially the Platinum Bumbershoot Passes!”