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Adrian woman finds KTD medallion

Julia Mormann of Adrian found the 2009 King Turkey Day medallion Tuesday. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

3:55 p.m. Wednesday

WORTHINGTON -- The bird was indeed the word for Julia Mormann of Adrian, who found the King Turkey Day medallion at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday by searching the poultry barn at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

"I kept thinking 'the poultry barn, it has to be there,'" Mormann said, because of the reference in Tuesday's clue to "a rare bird or two."

The clue, in full, read "As the bird flies just a bit north to Stower, there are exhibits of engine, tractor, horse power. The grandstand provides me with a bird's-eye view of the early bird searchers and a rare bird or two."

Mormann headed to the poultry barn to search, and spent only a few minutes looking up and down and feeling around for it before she found the turkey-imprinted bronze coin on a ledge. She'd been thinking about it for quite a bit of time, but the search didn't take long.

Mormann initially planned to wait until Thursday -- her birthday -- to turn in the medallion for the $100 award, but felt guilty when she saw the crowds poring over the buildings, nooks and crannies of the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

She thought of all the times she'd looked for the medallion when someone had already found it, but had chosen not to turn it in immediately, and called the Chamber of Commerce.

Mormann has looked for the King Turkey medallion every year for about three years prior to this year. She even spent some time last winter searching for the Christmas medallion, walking around the snow until her feet were chilled through.

"A hundred dollars for a birthday present," Mormann said with a grin, and made a thumbs-up gesture.

11:25 a.m. Wednesday

WORTHINGTON - The King Turkey Day medallion was found this morning. More details will be released later today.

The medallion -- a large bronze coin with a turkey on its face -- was hidden somewhere on public property within the Worthington city limits.

Sponsors for the medallion hunt are Arby's, Farley's & Sathers Candy Co., Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Knology, Nobles County Integration Collaborative, Pepsi Cola Bottling and Rolling Hills Bank & Trust.