Family finds winter carnival medallion on snowy roadsideJan 26, 2017 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer
Deep snow could have made 2017 the first year in history that the Wild West Winter Carnival medallion was not found, if not for the dedication and fortitude of the Barlow family.
Scott and Kristin Barlow and daughter Nicolette had been looking for the medallion as a family since Nicolette was 4 years old, though at the time they were barred from the contest due to a rule prohibiting Ranger employees from cashing in on the $500 prize. Kristin Barlow worked for the Ranger for 14 years but took a new job several years ago.
Though they did find the medallion one other year, they knew they couldn't keep it.
"We could never really find it, but it was just a fun family thing that we did," former Ranger employee Kristin said. "Now, not working at the paper, we were like, 'Now we can actually find it!'"
The family finally found the medallion under several feet of snow that had been plowed over at the intersection of Riverview Road and Riverview Cutoff west of Riverton.
"It was the best feeling ever," Nicolette said.
Seven of a possible 10 clues had been published before the medallion was found.
Nicolette had been collecting the clues, and said she knew about where it was. She and her mother searched in the area where it was hidden for about two hours Thursday afternoon before the paper was published.
Nicolette said the finally clue "really gave it away" and she and her parents went out again at 9 p.m. Thursday night. This time, she said, it only took about 20 minutes.
"We needed my dad there" she said.
"We just went straight in so we didn't have to dig for hours," Scott said, but the family agreed that they would have been willing to do so.
"I knew it was there, I probably would have looked all night," Nicolette said.