A four-member team, and five-time victor, has won the Fiesta of Five Flags DeLuna Treasure Hunt. The men, all lifelong Pensacola residents, are thrilled to have received the grand prize of a genuine Spanish Reale on a sterling silver necklace valued at $2,200 provided by Jewelers Trade Shop as well as $1,500 in cash.
We get together every year for the treasure hunt, said Tom Pace, 42, one of the winners in the foursome. I guess you could say we enjoy spending the time together, learning about the history and getting our families involved, he said. Pace added that the hunt becomes increasingly exciting towards the end when the final clues are announced. Everyone is rushing out to get that last clue. Pace, along with his brother Jim and friends Patrick ONeal and Mike Keethler, plays to win, and that is certainly evident considering hes been a part of a winning team four times before winning this year: 1990, 2001, 2002 and 2004. He says theres no secret to his success except old-fashioned resourcefulness. We spend a lot of time downtown and behind computers researching and working, he said.
About the Fiesta of Five Flags DeLuna Treasure Hunt
Annually, the Fiesta of Five Flags Association uncovers a series of historical references to the whereabouts of Don Tristan DeLunas lost treasure and offers clues to find these valuable items. This historically based treasure hunt is one of the most popular Fiesta events for individuals, groups and families.
Theres still a chance to win a second, third and bonus prizes of the Treasure Hunt. This years second prize winner will receive $500 in cash, and the third prize winner will receive $250 in cash. Five bonus prizes of $100 each will also be awarded.
The Fiesta Fun Hunt is designed with families, children and novice Pensacola historians in mind. The prize for this years Fun Hunt is $300 in cash.
Sponsors of the WEAR and West Florida Medical Group DeLuna Treasure Hunt are WEAR ABC 3, WFGX My 35, West Florida Medical Group and Jewelers Trade Shop.
For more information about other Fiesta events, contact the Fiesta office at (850) 433-6512, or visit us online at www.FiestaofFiveFlags.org/treasurehunt.