Visit Grand Rapids announces a 15 week #MNnature Photo Contest that will run Memorial Day (May 25, 2015) to Labor Day (September 7, 2015). This contest was created as a marketing collaborative that encourages people to share why they love living, working, raising a family and vacationing in Minnesota’s Nature or otherwise known as the Grand Rapids/Itasca County area. This contest is being underwritten by Visit Grand Rapids, www.minnesotasnature.com, Grand Rapids Herald Review, and KOZY/KMFY.
Everyone can enter for a chance to WIN weekly prizes and a $2800 Grand Prize. This contest is for residents, seasonal residents and visitors. A $50 weekly area business gift certificate will be awarded every week to the winner of the photo of the week. All people need to do is to TAKE A PICTURE, SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, and TAG #MNnature in their post. The Visit Grand Rapids staff will select the photo of the week that was shared on social media every week from a site called TagBoard.com. This site allows users to search any hashtag and it pulls all of the comments and images that are associated with it. There is no age limitation for the weekly prize.
The second way for people to enter for a chance to win is to log onto www.visitgrandrapids.com/sweepstakes complete the entry form, and upload a photo that they took somewhere in the Grand Rapids/Itasca area. People must be 18 years or older to enter for a chance to win the grand prize. The Grand Prize is a $2800 package that includes a week long stay at Hidden Haven Resort and a pontoon rental, and a wonderful package of other gifts.
“We know that the Grand Rapids/Itasca area is a wonderful place, and we want to have people share their images with us of how they love this area too,” states Megan Christianson, Executive Director, Visit Grand Rapids. The marketing collaborative contest was created as a photo share, promote the Itasca Area Attractions, and the Grand Rapids area events that happen over the next 15 weeks.
The grand prize sponsors are: Hidden Haven Resort, Anderson Dental, Children’s Discovery Museum, Judy Garland Museum, Forest History Center, Grand Itasca, Janna Salmela Photography, Paddle Hoppers, Timberlake Lodge Hotel, True North Salon & Spa, and Wings and Willows. The weekly prize business sponsors are: Annabelle’s Antique Mall, Baby Steps, Birds of a Feather, Brewed Awakenings, Bridgman Embers, Club Mesabi, Inc., Frame Up, Itasca Trail Sports, Kindred House Co, Lake Lover Vintage, Nana Chelle’s Cafe, Pokegama Golf Course, Salmela Jewelers, Shaw Florist Amish & Antiques, and Yarn Gallery. Each week one business will be featured as the weekly prize sponsor of the $50 gift certificate to their business.
“Take pictures of you enjoying a Grand Rapids/Itasca area shop, restaurant, area attraction, hotel/motel, B&B or resort, at an event or just enjoying the Minnesota’s nature beauty that surrounds the area,” shares Christianson. “We have placed selfie signs at approximately 15 photo worthy locations in the Grand Rapids/Itasca area to encourage people to take a picture with the selfie sign and just to take a picture and share.”
For more information about the contest visit the website: www.visitgrandrapids.com/sweepstakes or you can call the Visit Grand Rapids office at 218-326-9607.