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Another successful Chippewa Valley Treasure Hunt comes to an end

Chippewa Valley Treasure Hunt
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Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 5:05 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 4:51 AM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Chippewa Valley Treasure Hunt has officially ended. There were two hunts this winter as the first stone was found very quickly.

The second stone was found a few days ago in area 178 in Chippewa Falls and the first stone was found just two days after the hunt started in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls.

Dave Proffitt and his family decided to participate in the treasure hunt after they got really close to finding the treasure during the previous hunt in the fall. This time, luck was on their side and after just a short time searching came across the stone.

“It was fun for my family, my kids got excited about it and just being able to do something with them that they are excited about it’s a good time and also I think being able to use my imagination kind of brought the inner kid out in me a little bit,” said Dave Proffitt who found the treasure.

The line in the poem of clues read, “You will need to take tally of why you love the Valley” instantly it made Dave think of Irvine Park since it is a staple in the community that has been around for a long time.

Another line read, “To give you a clue, seek a father or two” which led him to the benches that have names sponsored on them in front of the grand stand in the park. He knew he was close and continued down the poem to see, “Get on your knees and head for the trees” and that is where he found the treasure hidden on the ground just past the tree line. “I was down on my knees kind of digging around and it popped up and I looked up at her and we started yelling pretty loud.”

Dave and his family win $1,000 for finding the stone and he said the money came at a good time since he works outside, and the long cold snap made it hard to get hours. The prize money will help pay some bills this month, but he also plans to take the family out for a nice dinner.

Although the hunt is over for now, Etrayu Fitzgerald plans to host another free Chippewa Valley Treasure hunt in the summer and or in the fall of this year.

The treasure is hidden somewhere in the Chippewa Valley, which includes all of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Altoona.

The stone is labeled “Chippewa Valley Treasure Hunt” and will be hidden in a safe location on public property, nothing needs to be damaged to retrieve it and there is no digging required. Anyone can take on the challenge and go searching for the Chippewa Valley Treasure.

“I’m really excited that these types of things still exist, that people make treasure hunts, hide things for people to find that are worth something, I think that’s awesome. It’s kind of thought of as something in the past but people are still doing it and I’ve had so much fun doing them since I was a kid I just wanted everybody else share the joy also and the adventure,” said Etrayu Fitzgerald who organized the treasure hunt.

Throughout the hunt, you can keep updated on the “Chippewa Valley Treasure Hunt” Facebook page for a poem of clues to get you started.

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