Find The Mecki!

Starts Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Gemuetlichkeit Days festival is just around the corner, and the Mecki contest is on — starting on September 5th, 2019!

The Mecki is a fictional German hedgehog cartoon character that was created by German artist, Ferdinand Diehl, for the popular German magazine HorZu — making his debut in 1949.  Mecki loves to play tricks and practical jokes. Mecki has been the unofficial mascot of Jefferson's Gemuetlichkeit Days festival for decades. 

Our "Find the Mecki!" contest involves a 3-1/2 to 4-inch doll that resembles the famous German hedgehog. The Mecki is hidden within the Jefferson area in a public place. Clues to finding the Mecki will be posted daily after the start of the contest around 3:00 p.m. each day. The clues will be published, daily, in the Daily Jefferson County Union, the Watertown Daily Times, and at the Jefferson Public Library after 3:00 p.m.

When Mecki is found, the finder must take the Mecki to the Jefferson Public Library. The Library will contact the Gemeutlichkeit Contest chairperson.

A $100 Cash Prize and the Mecki doll will be awarded to the lucky winner!

Official 2019 Mecki Clues

Clue #1
Guten Tag, Mecki Here!
I’m going to Gemuetlichkeit Days, its 49th year!
 I’ve looked all around town for a good place to hide,
All to help celebrate our German Pride.
 Dressed up in a coat of white, I look just right.
I’m watching the sky for Eagles in flight.
 Ich Liebe Gemuetlichkeit!

Clue #2
Guten Tag!  The place where I sit is so peaceful and calm.
I may need some sunscreen or even lip balm.
 Each year at G-Days, a party you deliver.
I sit and remember the memories as I sit be your river.
 Bitte Finde Mir!

Clue #3
Guten Tag!

Clue #4
Guten Tag!

Clue #5
Guten Tag!

Clue #6
Guten Tag!

Clue #7
Guten Tag!

Clue #8
Guten Tag!

Clue #9
Guten Tag!

Clue #10
Guten Tag!

2019 Find the Mecki Contest Winners!

Mecki was found at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 9th, at the Rivers Edge Nature Preserve on the edge of town.

Pictured is Laura Cox, son-in-law Chris Gitzel, and daughter Taylor. They are so excited to have found the Mecki because they look every year and usually walk right by him.

They never realized he was so small!! They already have their Gemuetlichkeit Days buttons and are excited for another fun year!