Horseshoe Hunt winner ineligible, prize goes to charity

Defeat of Jesse James Days Chairman Sandy Vesledahl compared the news to hearing that the Grinch had stolen Christmas.

It's not quite that bad, but the end of this year's Horseshoe Hunt clearly didn't go as planned.

Here is Sandy's statement:

"This morning it was announced that the Defeat of Jesse James Days horseshoe hunt had been solved and that the horseshoe had been found late Thursday evening. 

"Officials of the DJJD committee are now announcing that the person who found the horseshoe is an ineligible person to claim the prize.  The person who found the horseshoe is an employee of the Northfield News and would have had access to all of the clues.  Employees and families of the Northfield News, KYMN Radio and the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee are ineligible to claim the prize money. 

"After much discussion on what to do, the DJJD Board of Directors has determined that the $300 prize money will be donated to the local Operation Backpack organization.  There will also be an additional matching donation of $300 given to this organization from the Northfield News for a total of $600.

"Operation Backpack purchases backpacks and school supplies for area children whose families cannot afford to do so. While we are disappointed at the outcome of this year’s Horseshoe Hunt and we feel bad for the many other individuals and families who were searching for the horseshoe we are glad that a local charity will be able to benefit from it.

"The Defeat of Jesse James Days Festival 2007 will be the 10th anniversary of the Horseshoe Hunt and the DJJD committee is looking forward to something exciting in honor of the 10th anniversary."

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$600? the Operation Backpack charity?  I personally think it all worked out for the better.  Now kids will be able to get school supplies.  That's important.

I appreciate the News matching the $300 prize.  Way to go.