Horse Shoe Hunt

Clues Here!

 Special Note 1: The 19th Annual, 2016 Dates for Hunting:  August 31st – September 5th (NOW Wed – Monday: Labor Day)

Special Note 2: The official hunting area has been expanded starting this year (2016) to the City of Dundas City Limits. This includes any public property owned by Dundas within the official city boundaries. This, of course, in addition to the City of Northfield PUBLIC property. Stay off private property, colleges or public school grounds.

Special Note 3: When the horseshoe is found and the Chairman has been notified, notice will be posted on Facebook and broadcast on KYMN radio with 1 hour. A full explanation of clues will be posted shortly after on this site.


Horseshoe Hunt Rules and Guidelines

  • (IMPORTANT – REGISTER HERE) Buttons needed to be registered before the start of the hunt to receive the full grand prize.  If you did not register and do find the horseshoe, you can claim the $300 consolation prize.
  • Northfield public school grounds are NOT city-owned and exempt from this contest.  Please stay off all school property, including the colleges.
  • Members of the DJJD Committee, Northfield News, KYMN Radio and their immediate family are not eligible to win as clues will be posted online, announced on air and found in print no later than 7am each day. Clues posted online on this site, the Northfield News and the KYMN Radio sites each day.
  • The winner must be 18 years old or older.  In past years, whole families join together to work out the clues and search for the horseshoe.  This is acceptable as long as a legal adult is supervising the search and able to represent the family if found.
  • The horseshoe will be located on public property within Northfield or Dundas and will not be buried. NO digging will be needed in the retrieval of the horseshoe and it will not require the use of a ladder.  PRIVATE property is excluded and we ask you are respectful as you search public areas.  Should damage to any property occur while searching for the horseshoe, the participant(s) forfeit prize money and maybe ban from future contests.
  • The DJJD Committee is not responsible for any personal injury or accident incurred hunting for or retrieving the horseshoe.  The horseshoe is placed with safety in mind. Closely monitor children in your party. Please hunt responsibly.
  • Hunt Specific Page

    When the horseshoe is found, the winner must immediately notify Tim Freeland (507-581-5038).  Tim will arrange to meet you and confirm the shoes authenticity. There is only 1 horseshoe like this one in the world. Only past winners are aware of the markings on its backside.  You must be present at the DJJD Committee meeting the Tuesday Sept 6th 2016 at 7pm at Jesse James Lanes to receive your check.

  • There is no cost for this event but you do need to register this years DJJD button to claim the FULL prize.
  • If you win, you must agree to be publicly named along with the possibility of an on-air radio interview, your photo and name(s) on various local websites and a picture and write up in the paper.
  • If the horseshoe goes unfound by midnight on Monday, the week of DJJD, the hunt will officially end for the year and prize money will be returned to the donors.
  • When the horseshoe is found and the Chairman has been notified, notice will be posted on Facebook and broadcast on KYMN radio with 1 hour. A full explanation of clues will be posted shortly after on this site.

Hunting for the horseshoe can be frustrating, but mostly rewarding. My goal is to get people out in the community to enjoy our great city, the public areas and to be with friends, families and neighbors. Clues have been interpreted in many different ways each year. If you think you’ve come up with a clever connection relating to your hunt experience, please email me with details.  I love to hear about it.

I do my best to be fair to all hunters and to give everyone an even playing field. Remember that our committee is an all-volunteer organization and we do what we do because we love the event, the City and the people. While my clues often involve the use of technology, I do not ever make it so those who are not tech-savvy are at a disadvantage.

Once the game is over, I will publish an explanation of all clues that reveal what I had in mind when writing them.  Thank you for hunting!

Tim Freeland – Event Chairman

Event Chair: Tim Freeland.  Tim at DJJD dot org. Please Text questions to 507-581-5038.

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