IF YOU’RE 21 or older, this is a great season for alcohol-related contests. Several brands are offering trips, prizes and more. Below, a number of active contests with links for more information. But act fast as the deadlines for entry are looming.
Early Times Kentucky Whisky is offering up two opportunities. The Early Times Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. And though this year’s Belmont Stakes won’t be producing any Triple Crown winners, it’s never too early to gear up for next year. Early Times fans have the opportunity for a second year in a row to submit original artwork for a chance to be featured on a limited edition Kentucky Derby bottle of Early Times Mint Julep ready to drink cocktail for 2012. The winning entry receives a VIP trip for two to the 2012 Derby, $5,000 in cash and their artwork on the bottle. All entries myst be received by June 28, 2011. Visit earlytimes.com/etmjartistsearch for more information and to enter.
The second Early Times contest is the return of the “Reel in a Million” contest from Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Between June 1 and July 31, 2011, fans of the Early Times Facebook page can submit their best “fish face” photo. 20 finalists will be posted on the site, and Early Times will select a grand prize winner in Early August, who will be flown (with a guest) to Orlando, Florida for two nights. There the winner will receive a fishing trip to hit up several lakes with the chance to catch a tagged bass worth one million dollars (other bass are tagged with cash prizes ranging from $10,000 to 100,000). For full details visit facebook.com/earlytimeswhisky.
Sandeman Founders Reserve Port is offering, through June 15, 2011, the chance to with a five night trip for two Portugal, to visit Sandeman Cellars and the city of Oporto. All you have to do is submit an original cocktail recipe (and image), featuring Sandeman Founders Reserve port through the company’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/SandemanPorto). Cocktails will be judged on taste, creativity and originality. More details at the site.
Bohemia Beer’s Kahlo Challenge wraps up June 13, 2011, so you only have a few days left. Visit the company’s Facebook page (facebook.com/bohemiabeer), and submit an original painting inspired by Frida Kahlo (this one obviously takes a bit more skill than making a “fish face”). 1st prize is $10,000 cash, and your painting displayed in New York City on June 23. 2nd and 3rd place are lesser cash prizes ($5,000 and $2,000, respectively) along with press and marketing mentions.
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