Annual search for Yule Log begins today

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— One of Steamboat's most anticipated holiday traditions begins today with the publication of the first Yule Log clue.

The Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, tests local residents' knowledge of local places and history as they try to decipher the meaning of clues that lead them to the hidden log.

The Yule Log, a 3-foot, 50-pound log with "Yule Log" written on it, has been hidden within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. Ten clues will be given, one each working day, to help residents of the area narrow down where the yule log may be. Clues will be announced on the local radio stations and will be published in the Happenings section of Steamboat Today.

"People of the town look forward to this," said Marty Woodbury, director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum. "They get awfully excited."

Jayne Hill, an organizer for the Yule Log Hunt, said people impatiently await the beginning of the contest. She said people ask her all year if she knows when or where the Yule Log will be placed.

Hill said the clues lead people progressively closer to the site where the log is hidden and that all 10 clues are needed to find it.

"The clues get more and more pointed and there are diversions in them," she said.

The clues are written in a poetic format that often rhyme and embody the holiday spirit. Hill said she thinks it is amazing how people interpret the clues when she writes each of them to contain specific meanings.

The log has been placed where some or all of it is showing and is not placed in an area that charges fees to enter or within a building.

Hill said the hiding site generally has some history to it or is well known to people.

The last clue will be given Dec. 24 and the contest should be concluded on that date if the log has not been found by then.

The person who finds the Yule Log and brings it to Woodbury at the Tread of Pioneers Museum will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks.

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