Find The Mecki!

Starts Friday, September 9, 2022

The Gemuetlichkeit Days festival is just around the corner, and the Mecki contest is on — starting on September 9th, 2022!

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 Gemuetlichkeit Contest chairperson.

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

Official 2022 Mecki Clues

Clue #1
Today’s Mecki clue is to the tune of “Roll out the Barrel”
Roll out the Mecki, Mecki’s a barrel of fun
Roll out the Mecki, he’s got the blues on the run.
Zing, Zoom, Tararrel, with an accordion to bring you good cheer!
Now its time to find the Mecki, for Gemuetlichkeit Days are here!
Roll out the Mecki, Mecki is hidden in town
Roll out the Mecki, time to look all up and down
Zing, Zoom, Tararrel, hand me a brat and a beer
Now its time to find the Mecki, for the clues are here!

Clue #2
Today’s Mecki Clue is to the tune of “Pennsylvania Polka”
Strike up the music the band has begun, The Jefferson Polka
Pick out your partner, you can walk, or you can run, The Jefferson Polka
It started at the river, its now year number 51
The Polka, It’s bound to entertain ya,
Everybody has a mania to do the polka hop,
From Jefferson, the main G-days stop!

Clue #3
Today’s Mecki clue to the tune of “Just because”
Just because you think J-town’s so pretty
Just because you think J-Town’s so hot
Just because you think it’s got something
That no other town has got.
I’m Mecki and I’m hiding in your city.
It’s such a busy spot.
I’m telling you, baby read all the clues… just because, just because.
It’s time to go outside and find me,
because I’m worth a lot.
It’s so lovely on the sides of north and south
It’s great to the east and the west.
But it’s the heart of the city,
that I love the best.
I’m telling you baby, read all the clues, just because, just because.

Clue #4
Today’s Mecki Clue is in reference to “Who Stole the Kishka”
Who stole the Kishka , Who hid the Mecki
Someone call the cops!
I saw him running towards the sunrise.
And I think I heard him singing,
“In Heaven there is no beer….”
Who stole the Kishka, Who hid the Mecki
Someone call the cops!
He had a worried look on his face,
And he’s hiding in his place
But he can’t find the butcher shop.
Hey, Hey… Ha ha ha….

Clue #5
Today’s Mecki Clue is to the tune of “Hoop Dee Doo”
Hoop Dee Doo, Hoop Dee Doo
I hear a polka and my troubles are through.
Hoop de doo, Hoop de dee
This kind of music is like heaven to me!
Hoop de Doo, Hoop dee Doo
Listen Closely and you will hear the clue.
Hand me down my soup and fish.
Tonight, I’m going to get my wish.
When there is a car horn blowing, Ra ta ta ta ta
I get a thrill and I always will.

Clue #6
Today’s Mecki Clue is to the tune of “Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”
Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie. Who’s not ready? Hollar “I”
Let’s all play Hide and Seek. Apple Peaches Pumpkin Pie
I see the people passing by. How I love “hide and seek”.
I’m not as a small as a snail, I see the people posting mail.
Got to play Hide and Seek!
Hiding here, hiding there. Maybe I will cut my hair!
How I love “hide and seek”.
Lots of things around here to eat. Now I need an ice cream treat.
How I love “Hide and Seek”!

2022 Find the Mecki Contest Winners!

Emmi Snyder, Breann Simonson, and Josie Simonson

Pictured are Emmi Snyder, Breann Simonson, and Josie Simonson of Jefferson.

They found him early Friday Morning, before heading to school and work. He was in a bush outside of Awaken Salon.

Thank you again to The Fireside Dinner Theatre for sponsoring the prize money for this fun, annual Gemeutlichkeit contest!

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