LA CROSSE, WI -

The search is over! The 2013 Oktoberfest Medallion has been found.

Two friends who teamed up this year found the medallion near the bathrooms by the Grandad Bluff Friday morning.

In past years, Kerry Pischke and Willie Bittner had been looking for the medallion separately, but Bittner’s wife suggested he start looking with Pischke because they both were so obsessed with looking for it.

They decided to team up and strategize. They found the medallion under a leaf near the Grandad Bluff shelter.

They’re going to split $500 and two tickets to the Festmaster’s Ball. Bittner said he’s going to take his wife.

Here were the Oktoberfest Medallion Hunt Clues:

CLUE #5 (Friday, September 20, 2013):

He oversaw the platting of an addition totaling one-four-oh,
The foundations of his homes came from the limestone chateau;
Looking north, neglected land became a final resting place of honor,
A lasting tribute to friends, military heroes and neighbors of yore.

CLUE #4 (Thursday, September 19, 2013):

His vision during four-plus decades on the city board,
helped plow through and bridge traffic away and toward;
Today, part of the "reserve" does much the same,
A rolling view that welcomes travelers and bears his name.

CLUE #3 (Wednesday, September 18, 2013):

Look attentively and you're apt to see an old, decrepit path,
Despite its importance little remains in the aftermath;
A swingless thruway became the modern-day route,
Decades later gained another just to help out.

CLUE #2 (Tuesday, September 17, 2013):

The big winds won’t blow here, they say,
Let’s hope the rivers won’t lead you astray;
The Mississippi, Black and La Crosse easily in view,
Read carefully so you drift less as you pursue.

CLUE #1 (Monday, September 16, 2013):
Leaves of green turning to a yellow and orange hue.
The breezes of summer begin taking their northern cue;
'Celebrating Generations' is this year's Oktoberfest theme,
Head out for the hunt early so you're not swimming upstream.

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The annual Oktoberfest medallion hunt started Monday, Sept. 16th.

Hunters will have to decipher 10 clues to find the elusive medallion. One clue will be released each day until the medallion is found.

The winner will receive $500, tickets to the Festmaster's ball and other prizes.

Some helpful hints to remember when searching for the medallion are:
-Is always located within the La Crosse city limits
-Is always on public property
-It's hidden on public property within the La Crosse city limits .
-Is always located within the La Crosse city limits
-Is always on public property
-Is accessible 24 hours, but posted hours should be observed
-May be camouflaged

To claim the prize, winners must go to the Oktoberfest Office in downtown La Crosse.

Winners must be wearing a 2013 Oktoberfest button to claim the prize when presenting the medallion.