Find The Mecki
Starts Thursday, September 6, 2018
The MECKI is a fictional character that loves tricks and practical jokes. The Mecki is a 3-1/2 to 4 inches high doll that resembles a hedgehog dressed in German clothing. The Mecki is hidden in the Jefferson area in a public place. Will you find him and take him home with you?
Mecki Hunt Clues will be posted here daily after the start of the contest around 3:00 p.m.
The Gemuetlichkeit festival is just days around the corner, and the Mecki contest is on – starting September 6th, 2018.
Mecki is the German Hedgehog cartoon character that for decades has been the unofficial mascot of Jefferson’s German heritage festival, which takes place September 14-16, 2018.
Clues are posted in the Daily Jefferson County Union, Watertown Daily Times and also at the Jefferson Public Library after 3 p.m. When Mecki is found the finder should take the Mecki to the Jefferson Public Library. The Library will contact the Gemuetlichkeit contest chair person.
A $100 cash prize and the Mecki will be awarded to the lucky winner.
Mecki Has Been Found!
Mecki was found on Saturday, the 8th, at around 1:30p.m. at the Community Garden in Jefferson.
Brandi Strege, Amanda Eggers (holding Zaydan Deibert), Jordyn Eggers, A’lexus Guerra, Mya Guerra, and Kyle JR Deibert holding Mecki. In front of Amanda is Addison Guerra holding the $100 prize check. They went looking as a team, as they do every year. They put their heads together and found the Mecki!
I have come to the Gemuetlichkeit City once again! I am wearing my artist hat, and holding my paint board and brush. My old paint shirt is full of fun colors from all of the painting I’ve been doing. Back in Germany I was helping to paint all the little toys for the Christmas Market. Here I will be busy painting my float for the Gemuetlichkeit Parade! I love the theme and button this year… “EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE”.
I’m out and about looking for painting ideas. I feel like I have been walking all day. Although the weather is cooling off it is still too warm for wearing a hat. I think I should sit down for a while to cool off and collect my thoughts. This looks like a great place to have a cool drink and rest my feet. Now that I am resting I can think about my design ideas for the float. My favorite color has always been green just like all of these trees that are across from me. I could add a few flowers to my design but I do not see any that catch my eye.
Today I will make a great idea come to life! I sat up painting all night long but the mosquitoes got me and I had to run for my life. I have learned that mosquitoes love the lights and I will have to paint in the daylight. Now that the sun has come up I can start where I left off! A splash of red will add a nice touch maybe some white will brighten things up. I sure wish I could get in touch with a doctor because these bites are beginning to itch!
Gemuetlichkeit days is starting to begin! I see all of the signs, flags, and paintings around town. It brings great joy to my heart to see this festival each fall. This will be my 48th year coming to the Gemuetlichkeit City for dancing, and friendships from all around! I remember helping paint all the decorations at the festival many years ago. We worked like dogs painting all day and all night, sharing friendship, meals, and a few Ein Prosit’s. The memories will never be forgotten and new ones are just around the corner. Now that my float is done I will head to the festival to touch up on the decorations, but first I will stop and rinse out my paintbrush.
With a good night’s rest I am ready for the day. It’s time to gather my things and head to the festival. First I think I need to get a trim and maybe even an old fashioned straight shave. I could call a cab but I’m happy to walk, because I always meet friends along the way. While I was walking I ran into an old friend. Some like to call him an old ziegen, but he is a good buddy of mine. We always have a few good laughs and a stein or two of our favorite brew!
I had the strangest dream last night….. I was preparing for the Gemuetlichkeit Days food contest yet all the guests were cats!!! I’m scared of cats!!! I woke from my slumber and covered my head hoping I would not be their next fancy feast. Hopefully tomorrow I will dream about the Frauleins at the festival instead. I hope I get to dance with the queen even if it is only in my dreams.