Prizes for the Forrest Fenn Egg Hunt Decorating Contest Announcement
Win San Lazaro Pueblo Artifacts dating back to before 1650 AD and a Signed book by Forrest Fenn
The Winners of ‘who will create the most unique egg picture from the most unique finds’ will receive the following: (contest rules and way to submit an entry can be found ‘here’)
For the winning Children’s Entry:
Three ONE OF A KIND San Lazaro Pueblo (1150AD-1650 AD) ‘Gaming Pieces’ (shown below in the shapes of a circle, square, and triangle) found by Forrest Fenn himself. Also a signed book by Forrest entitled; ‘The Secrets of San Lazaro Pueblo’.
The book details the numerous wonders of the Pueblo and includes an image of similar ‘gaming pieces’ that a winner will receive. (a couple of random pottery sherds, small bone, and pebble from San Lazaro Pueblo will also be included in the Children’s winning prize for reasons stated below in the story on choosing the prize)
For the winning Adult’s Entry:
Three San Lazaro Pueblo ‘gaming pieces’ (shown below and also One of a Kind) and a signed book as well.
This is an amazing opportunity to win these fantastic artifacts found by Forrest Fenn! I wish you all the best of luck.
Story on choosing the Prize:
When thinking of what the prizes should be for this contest, we knew they had to be something special and extraordinary. I remembered back to one of the first times I had chatted with Forrest and knew then what I wanted the prize to be!
After learning about the Chase, I was researching his website where I came across the section on the San Lazaro Pueblo. I found it so interesting, Forrest, as a private owner, was taking the best of care to excavate these ancient ruins. What awesome work and historic discoveries he was accomplishing. On one of the site’s pages were images of ‘gaming pieces’. Thinking (mistakenly) at the time these were actual pieces used for games, and since I collect and research old games, I wrote to him to learn more about these fascinating items.
Forrest quickly, and sweetly, instructed me that these ‘Gaming Pieces’ were not ‘game pieces in the way I thought they were’, but were actually mysterious altered pottery sherds. They call them that because they don’t know what else to call them.
Although it is certain they were intentionally shaped to their current form, and most likely were carefully chosen from San Lazaro Pueblo’s broken potteries because of their designs, the intended uses for these ‘Gaming Pieces’ remains unknown yet today.
Well, that just thrilled me more! I thought they were the most charming things and I told Forrest that they should be used for ‘gaming pieces’ for a game I would create for them! I’m still working on the game which will be called Fences (in dedication to Forrest FENN and his pieces). But, Forrest was so generous to send me some ‘Gaming Pieces’ for the game! To which I fully treasure as if they were the treasure of The Thrill of the Chase.
Because the contest involves hunting for items, I thought it would be nice for the prize to be something Forrest hunted and found. And because I loved the Gaming Pieces, I thought the Winners would love some too! So the prize was chosen…..
However, there is one other reason for choosing ‘Gaming Pieces’ as the prize. This is based off of Forrest saying he played Monopoly as a child. In the original Monopoly games, the gaming pieces players used to move around the board were not included. Players were instructed to find their own gaming piece from around the house to use.
The small size of a Thimble made it a common choice for players of the time. This is one of the reasons why a Thimble is one of the game pieces of Monopoly today.
This interesting tidbit of Monopoly history and connection to Forrest (he mentions playing the game), then had me think that a completely original ‘gaming piece’, that a child could choose when playing Monopoly like they used to do would be a neat prize. All the more reason to involve San Lazaro Pueblo ‘gaming pieces’.
Realizing a player might not want to use the authentic formed ‘gaming pieces’ to move around the game board, random pottery sherds, a pebble, and small bone will also be included in the children’s prize for them to choose from and use as their pawn in a game, if wanted (any game really).
I can see it now, though, no more ‘I get the Scottie Dog’, it’s ‘I get the San Lazaro Pueblo ‘gaming piece’!
Again, Best of Luck to All!