An eagle egg will be the most sought-after object in Dunlap during the first few weeks of August.


An eagle egg will be the most sought-after object during the first few weeks of August.

That’s when Jeff Dixon will hide a Golden Eagle Egg in Dunlap.

The egg, which will help drum up interest before the start of Dunlap Days, was discussed during the July 18 committee meeting.

The egg, which Dixon said was inspired by the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt at Pekin’s Marigold Festival, will be placed somewhere in Dunlap at the beginning of August.

“The hunt for the Golden Eagle Egg is something new,” Colleen Slane said. “What I like best about this contest is that people will have to visit our local businesses to get the clues. It is a wonderful way to introduce folks to our community that were otherwise unable to visit and having fun while doing it.”

Clues for the egg’s whereabouts will be vague at first, but become more detailed as the weeks progress.

Clues will be put in the Chillicothe Times-Bulletin and local businesses. A new clue will be added once per week.

Prizes, so far, include a savings bond, chicken dinner from the Legion Hall and more.

In other meeting news:

• Slane reported that 28 letters had been sent out to local businesses for donations.

So far, only four businesses had given donations: Bernardi’s, Shell gas station, New Horizon Construction and Triple U Trucking.

Both Bernardi’s and New Horizon were new donators for the event.

“Donations in the past have averaged $1,400, which does include sponsorships,” Slane said. “Donations this year did decline, but not in spirit. We have local businesses willing to help in other ways, directly or indirectly.”

She said that Mickie’s Pizzeria is donating 20 percent of their food sales to St. Jude from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 26, and K&B Customs helped with signs for the event.

Meanwhile, Better Banks donated canopy tents and sponsored Jammsammich on Friday, and Triple U Trucking are providing the entertainment stage, in addition to a monetary donation.

“We are understanding of the economic times and aware that we are not the only one asking for donations,” Slane said. “But, when it really matters, this community does come together.”

• Slane announced that 17 craft vendors have signed up for the event.

The vendors are available to view at http://villageofdunlap.com/CraftVendors.aspx.

Slane said she expects to see more vendors for the festival.

“In the past we would have anywhere from 30-70 vendors,” she said. “There will be a thrust of applicants closer to the Aug. 20 deadline.”

• Shirts for the event were discussed.

The committee decided to get 50 orange shirts for the event.

The committee will get the shirts from Jane’s Lettering. Also, security hats will be bought from Jane’s Lettering for the Safety Operations Team.

The team will patrol the area for patrons with alcohol outside the designated area, along with helping with any medical emergencies that may occur.

• The committee discussed changes made to the schedule of events.

Slane said that the dunk tank is not available on that day. She also announced that she canceled the three inflatable bouncers to save money.

The cancellation was due to now having a carnival for the event.

The finalized schedule will be posted to the Dunlap Village Board website on Aug. 1.

• Different methods of advertising were discussed for the event.

Slane said she will post the schedule to various area websites.

Other methods of advertising for the event include various publications, a poster, two large signs and an appearance on TV on Aug. 24.

The committee will also provide schedules during the event, as well as placing them on car windshields and possibly at the IVC/Dunlap football game.

The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Aug. 1. The meeting will focus on laying out the field for the event.