Truckee Day volunteers could strike gold |

Truckee Day volunteers could strike gold

Who’s got the golden ticket? Truckee does.

The fourth annual Truckee Day on Saturday, June 2 is quickly approaching and there is gold to be found in town in addition to the community clean-up effort.

Among the glass bottles, cigarette butts, and beer cans will glisten five golden prizes as an added incentive for a few lucky community volunteers.

JD Hoss, a DJ at the local radio station KTKE 101.5, came up with the idea to hide prizes on Truckee Day for residents helping with the town clean-up effort.

“I drive a different car and hide the prizes the night before,” Hoss said.

Though he wouldn’t divulge where he plans on hiding the golden treasures this year he added, “I look for the worst places that have the worst trash.”

Hoss takes the time to embellish each prize with gold paint, and names each accordingly.

Whoever finds the metallic mug while picking up litter will win “The Golden Coffee Cup” prize ” a free cup of coffee a day for one year courtesy of Tough Beans, Hoss said.

Other golden prizes include “The Golden Shield,” a private dinner for four at Balboa Cafe Squaw Valley with Chef Michael Plapp. Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry won last year’s “Golden Bone” ” a seven-day, six-night stay for one pet pooch in the JD Hoss suite located at the Truckee Tahoe kennel, and he didn’t even own a dog, Hoss said.

A pair of children’s racing skis valued at $335 was donated by Head North as the “Golden Ski” prize and a $300 Giant MTX 125 children’s mountain bike from Cyclepaths Lake Tahoe, the “Golden Chain,” is the final prize, Hoss said.

“I think cleaning should be fun,” said Hoss of his idea to create bonus golden prizes.

Though people’s daily lives are busy, Truckee Day provides an opportunity for residents to give back and “everyone can be combined as one,” Hoss said.

While putting up Truckee Day posters around town Tuesday, event co-chair Beth Ingalls said she encountered many people who were familiar with the annual event.

“The fact that people are so in tune with what Truckee Day is shows the event has really taken off,” Ingalls said.

It does involve some hard work, she said, but the clean-up only takes a couple of hours and the community reward reaches beyond a little bit of manual labor.

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