Find The Mecki!

Starts Friday, September 11, 2020

The Gemuetlichkeit festival may be rescheduled for 2021, but the Mecki contest is still on!

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!

Come and join us at the festival next year, September 17-19, 2021.

Official 2020 Mecki Clues

Clue #1
Guten Tag!
You may believe that all ist slecht, and our Gemuetlichkeit Days fest is all but wrecked.

But, I am here to save the day, with a game you all can play.

I wash my hands, I wear a mask. I guess that’s not too much to ask.

This year I am also dressed spiffy in green and red. Finding me is the perfect social distance game, or so it’s said.

Clue #2
From where I am, I shed a tear, because we cannot be together this year.

It isn’t fair, it isn’t right. That there is no Gemuetlichkeit.

Make sure you keep track of the clues. I hope so, so you don’t lose.

We all know that the Gemuetlichkeit City is OH! So Neat! Its historic flavor cannot be beat!

Clue #3
This year is sure history in the making. I will miss all the music, the singing, the laughter ringing.

G-Days will always be one for the ages. With some many great memories, there are not enough pages.

So, come and find me or I will just burst. All by myself is truly the ‘wurst.

It is time to party like a German and Polka like a local. Even if right now, we can’t be all that social.

Ein Prosit mein fruends!

Clue #4
Read the clues and if you are wise, you could win a lovely prize.

I am hiding here within the city. All the sights I see are very pretty.

I am starting to get hungry; my tummy is starting to growl. I hope you look for me when you are out on the prowl.

Frühstück to Abendessen, I love all the places to eat. You can dine in or carry out; there is always a friendly seat.

Clue #5
Jefferson is always the center of my heart. For this is where our festival got its start.

I won’t let this year get me down. Even though there are more reasons to frown.

Instead, get out and look for me. I have tried hard for you not to see.

And remember, just like you, I do not like this Corona bug. All I want to do is give you all a great big hug.

Ich Liebe Dich!

Clue #6
From here, I think I can see a boat! And what is way over there? A goat?

I know one thing is for sure, G-Days will be back next year! And when I see all my friends, I will let out a big cheer!

Until then, listen to a polka band, have a pretzel in your hand.

Raise up high, your mug a beer. Come and celebrate our 50th NEXT YEAR!


2020 Find the Mecki Contest Winners!

Our rhyming clue writer, this time around,
made you use all six clues before the Mecki was found!

We have our winners, and you know what is sweeter?
Our winners this year are Amanda Merkel and Mark Teeter!

The location of Mecki, you ask "Where was he?"
He was hiding just north of the Stable Rock Winery, near the bridge in a tree!

Thank you, all, for participating in this year's "Find the Mecki Contest"!

By the way, some of the clue hints this year that would have helped you:

• Keeping TRACK, (railroad track)
• Historic (Stable Rock, all sorts of buildings really!! ).
• "wurst" (Stable Rock serves all sorts of sausages, plus pretzels. They also have our steins on display.)
• Lots of restaurants in few block radius....
• Center of my Heart, where we got our start.... 1st G-Days celebrations before moving out to the fairgrounds.