Small town festivals offer all sorts of prizes, like gigantic stuffed animals you'll probably just throw away, or if you're really lucky, reverse raffle jackpots that'll net you maybe a couple hundred bucks.
But at this art fest in the British town of Folkestone, Kent, lucky attendees can win actual gold treasure. And not those foil-covered chocolate coins.
Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer planted 30 bars of genuine, 24-carat gold in the sand of Folkestone's Outer Harbour Beach, to the total value of $17,000 (or 10,000 pounds) for his submission to the town's triennial art fest -- apparently to fulfill a creative desire "to make art that comes less from the head and more from the stomach".
Whatever: Free money!
Of course, hundreds of gold diggers (actual gold diggers) have shown up on the Folkestone shore to find their treasure; one bar's worth approximately $533, according to The Huffington Post. And it's totally finders keepers...