The Lowell Riddler Returns for 2024

Look who’s back!

The Lowell Riddler has decided to make a return for 2024. This year’s competition will run from April-August and follow a similar format as last year.

What started as a way to get people out and about during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into an an event that is much-loved by many in the community. While many participants say they would be willing to search for medallions even if there were no prizes, the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has generously offered to provide Lowell Bucks for each month’s winner.

“We’re happy to sponsor the Lowell Riddler in 2024,” says Shannon Kennedy, executive director of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Each riddle presents a unique adventure for family and friends to get outside and explore Lowell.” She adds that she personally loves to see kids and adults working together to find the hidden medallion.

It should be noted that The Lowell Riddler is a local community member who prefers to remain anonymous and does not benefit personally in any way from offering this competition.  No one at Lowell’s First Look or the Chamber can take credit.

Here’s how the year’s riddling will play out:

  • There will be five riddles: one for April, May, June, July and August.
  • The first clue will be released the first Saturday of each month at 9am and then each week thereafter.
  • There will be three clues per riddle — the first is expected to be mind-bendingly hard and the last should be a giveaway.
  • Prize for each riddle will be $50 Lowell Bucks

If you are new to the area or unfamiliar with the Lowell Riddler, the riddling is essential a community-wide scavenger hunt to find a medallion that looks like this:

The Riddler hides the medallion and then releases clues — in the form of riddles — as to its location. Find the medallion and win a prize!

Searching for the medallion is open to everyone and anyone — the more, the merrier. No need to register or fill out any forms. Simply watch for the latest clue and go looking. When the first clue is released, we will have a banner at the top of the Lowell’s First Look website that will indicate whether the medallion has been found.

And here are the riddle instructions as provided to us by The Lowell Riddler.

Riddling Instructions:

The medallion search-area includes the City of Lowell and nearby township locations linked to the city by sidewalk or trail.

When You Find the Medallion: Immediately, take a selfie while holding the medallion in the location that you found it. Then email the selfie, your name, the location you found it, along with your mailing address and phone number to [email protected]. Your Lowell Bucks prize will be mailed to you and your selfie will be published on the Lowell’s First Look web page. The medallion is yours to keep as a memory of riddling expertise.

Always Remember: Hidden medallions are accessible 24 hours a day. They will always be hidden in the City of Lowell and nearby township locations linked to the city by sidewalk or trail. They will never be on private property. They will never be in the cemetery. They will never be buried in the ground. You may have to move grass or leaves or remove a covering of colored tape to see the medallion. The hidden medallions will always be reachable by an adult. Medallions could be hanging on a string or rubber band or attached by a magnet.

Your participation in this activity is purely voluntary. Please respect slippery conditions and crossing busy streets. Most of all, have fun solving the riddle.

Questions? Have a question about the rules or a technical question about the possible placement of a hidden medallion? Please direct all your questions to [email protected].

Comments? The Lowell Riddler loves comments! Email us! Give us a review on the Lowell’s First Look web page or Facebook page! Above all, have fun!

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