Son of Pear, hometown fare,
The nut of this year’s quest.
Sweetest patty, never a baddie,
Covers the prize at rest.
A simple "what's it in" clue to start off. Son of Pear would be another way of saying Pearson. Combine that with nut and hometown fare and I'm thinking that the puck will be inside a type of candy made at the Pearson Candy plant on 7th. My guess is either a Nut Goodie or a Mint Patty. So now we know what we're looking for, if not where.