Festival of Lights Events
Find Folepi Ornament Hunt
Find Folepi Ornament Hunt
FOLEPI HAS BEEN FOUND!
Most people participating in the Find Folepi Ornament Hunt searched for four weeks as each clue was revealed. Tony Johnston found it in two hours.
Johnston, 34, of East Peoria found the elusive Folepi acrylic ornament under the bench behind the CIRT (Central Illinois Riding Therapy) sign in Neuman Park. For finding Folepi, Johnston will receive a package of prizes donated by local businesses worth more than $800.
The ornament hunt, in its second year as a Festival of Lights event, began Nov. 27 with the release of the first clue. In addition to the weekly clues, hunters were told that the ornament was hidden somewhere on public property within the East Peoria city limits, indoors or outside and in a non-dangerous location.
Johnston joined the hunt on Dec. 18, the day the fourth clue was released, when family friend Griffin Frank, 8, of East Peoria asked him to look at the clues.
“He knows that I’m good at crossword puzzles,” Johnston said.
Johnston studied the four clues for an hour on Dec. 18, and went on the hunt on Dec. 19, searching for an hour when he found the ornament at 11 a.m.
The question his fellow hunters are asking: How did he figure out the meaning of the cryptic clues?
“I noticed the clues were about songs and a lot of the songs had horses and farms in them,” Johnston explained, saying the clues led him to Neuman Park.
“I went to where the horse stables were, and noticed there were no footprints in the snow by the (CIRT) sign,” he said. “I reached under the bench and there it was.”
Find Folepi winner Tony Johnston (right) stands with brothers
Griffin Frank (left) and Jackson Frank (center) at the spot in Neuman
Park where the ornament was found. Griffin encouraged Tony
to search for the hidden ornament.
The song remains the same
Sometimes opposites attract
That peaceful easy feeling is now and then what we lack
Billy’s in a state of mind and Sammy can’t do this
And Rita makes a claim that’s difficult to miss
He's stuck in Porto Bello
Singing rocks gives a clue
Neil sang about him
It leads me straight to you
My dog he got three legs
If you take another road
It’s not that he is heavy bro
Mr. Cross has long to go
He has one more silver dollar
Willie and Toby bought a round
Paul and Linda lay low
While a fly does buzz around
The Find Folepi ornament hunt begins with the release of the first clue on Nov. 27! An ornament similar to that pictured will be hidden, weekly clues will be posted and the winner will receive a prize package worth more than $800 donated by local businesses.
The 3-inch round acrylic ornament will be hidden somewhere on public property within the East Peoria city limits. The hiding place could be indoors or outside and in a non-dangerous location. Those participating in the hund are encouraged to be respectful of property and to park in safe locations that do not block traffic.
The first clue will be posted on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, available on this website, in the East Peoria Times-Courier, on www.facebook.com/EPFestivalofLights and on a large Folepi cutout located outdoors at the Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington St.
Prizes donated by:
Stoney Creek Inn
Cole Smith, providing a live Christmas tree
Jeanette Kendall providing a copy of her book Images of America - East Peoria
Boyd's Steakhouse at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
Tequila's Mexican Bar and Grill
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Quail Meadows Golf Course
Roc Ice Cream & Golf