Show us your snow!

#GrandMaraisHasSnow

We are loving the snow here in Grand Marais but we’ve been kind of modest about it. We didn’t want to make everyone else feel bad when we got snow and they got rain. Or when big beautiful snowflakes fell from our sky and they got drizzle. We certainly didn’t want to breath a word about our wonderful heaps of the white stuff when the warm weather was sizzling away their dwindling patches of snow.

So we sighed contentedly and kept quiet. When there was plenty of snow for the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race, we said a quiet prayer of gratitude and didn’t say anything more. When others were wondering what they would do with their cross country ski trails, we blissfully skied up on the Gunflint Trail. When the weather got a little warmer, we found the snow in the back country.

The trouble with our modesty is that some people don’t realize we have snow. So now we want to correct that perception. And we’re doing the correction in the best way possible: The #GrandMaraisHasSnow photo submission contest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here’s the straight skinny on how to submit a photo and qualify for one of the many great prizes:

  1. Take a picture showing snow in Cook County. Pictures must be taken between January 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CST and February 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (midnight) CST. We know we can’t verify that all snow pictures are actually taken in Cook County during the Photo Challenge Period, so we are relying on you to be honest. It’s what your mom would want you to do.
  2. Post a picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to include the hashtag #GrandMaraisHasSnow and tag at least one of the Photo Challenge co-sponsors. MAKE SURE THE PHOTO IS PUBLIC SO WE CAN SEE IT!

 

Win Awesome Prizes

The Grand Prize is awarded based on votes of the contest co-sponsors. All other prizes are awarded based on a random drawing. And the prizes are way-cool. Here’s the list:

Grand Prize

Additional Prizes

 

Co-Sponsors

 

Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The GrandMaraisHasSnow Photo Challenge is sponsored by Grand Marais Downtown Business Coalition (“Sponsor”) and the Co-Sponsors (“Co-Sponsors”).

This contest is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in The #Grand MaraisHasSnow Photo Challenge, all entrants agree to abide by all of the contest rules and regulations and understand that the results of the Photo Challenge, as determined by Sponsor, the Co-Sponsors and their agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

The #GrandMaraisHasSnow Photo Challenge (“Photo Challenge”) is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion shall be directed to Sponsor, not Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

ELIGIBILITY

The Photo Challenge is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law who are eighteen years or older. Parents or guardians my submit photos for children under eighteen years. Sponsor has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant. Employees and vendors of the Sponsor and Co-Sponsor are eligible to enter the photo challenge. (We know we have some great photographers on our teams and we don’t want them to miss out on this opportunity to show off their artistic skills.)

PHOTO CHALLENGE PERIOD

The Photo Challenge begins on January 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CST and ends on February 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (midnight) CST (“Photo Challenge Period”). All entries (submissions) must be posted on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor  and Co-Sponsors reserve the right to extend or shorten the contest at their sole discretion.

HOW TO ENTER

You can enter the Photo Submission by posting a picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to include the hashtag #GrandMaraisHasSnow and tag at least one of the Photo Challenge co-sponsors. MAKE SURE THE PHOTO IS PUBLIC SO WE CAN SEE IT! The photo shall be a picture taken in Cook County, Minnesota during the Photo Challenge Period and shall show snow in the picture. Each entrant can submit as many photos as they want but each submission shall be a separate post and each submission shall contain the hashtag #GrandMaraisHasSnow. Regardless of the number of submissions, only one prize shall be awarded to each person submitting a photo. (We know we can’t verify that all snow pictures are actually taken in Cook County during the Photo Challenge Period, so we are relying on you to be honest. It’s what your mom would want you to do.)

WINNER SELECTION

All eligible submissions received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Submission Period. The Grand Prize Winner will be determined by a vote of the Sponsor and all Co-Sponsors. All additional prizes will be chosen at random. The winners will be announced on or about February 21, 2017 on or about noon CST. Announcement and instructions for prizes will be posted on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages of Co-Sponsors. If a prize winner does not respond within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of the prize announcement, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential price winner shall forfeit the prize. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring the Facebook and/or Instagram and/or Twitter pages of the Co-Sponsors for prize notification.

PRIZES

Grand Prize

  • One night stay at Trail Center for two people in cute motel unit
  • $25 gift card from Bluewater Cafe
  • One pound of fudge from Gunflint Mercantile
  • $25 gift card from Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply
  • $25 gift card from Joyne’s Ben Franklin
  • $25 gift card from Trading Post

Additional Prizes

  • Two $25 gift cards from Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply (to be awarded as two separate prizes)
  • Basket of Camp Chow meals
  • $25 gift card from Joyne’s Ben Franklin
  • Four $25 gift certificates from Birchbark Books and Gifts/Beth’s Fudge (to be awarded as four separate prizes)
  • $25 gift card from Sivertson’s Art Gallery
  • Two $25 gift cards from Trading Post (to be awarded as two separate prizes)
  • $40 gift certificate from Crooked Spoon Restaurant
  • Four $25 gift cards from White Pine North (to be awarded as four separate prizes)
  • $25 gift certificate from UPSTATE MN
  • $25 gift certificate to be used for art supplies at Joy & Company

Additional prizes may be added at the discretion of the Sponsor and Co-Sponsors. Terms and conditions may apply. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in the Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the respective prize winner. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS

Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. Sponsor, Co-Sponsors and their respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Photo Challenge, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting of these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize.

Any photos submitted in this Photo Challenge are immediately entered into the public domain. No watermarks are allowed on photo submissions.

INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

BY ENTERING THE PHOTO CHALLENGE, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, THE FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER PLATFORMS, ADMINISTRATOR, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THAT ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PHOTO CHALLENGE AND THE ACCEPTANCE, USE OR MISUES OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE WON. SPONSOR AND CO-SPONSORS AND THEIR PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION, FITNESS OR MERCHANTABILITY OF THE PRIZES. SPONSOR, CO-SPONSORS AND THEIR PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE PHOTO CHALLENGE.

PUBLICITY

By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor and Co-Sponsors permission to use their name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.

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