Where did the summer go? It’s already football season again! And with the return of pro football comes the 2012 installment of the Hodag Buyers’ Guide’s Pigskin Prognosticator contest. The weekly contest pits readers against each other to find out who’s the best in town at predicting the weekly winners of the week’s pro football games. The Star Journal recently talked with our own Circulation Manager and the manager of this contest, Cathy Oelrich, to find out what’s in store this season.
Star Journal-How does the Pigskin Prognosticator contest work?
Cathy Oelrich-Each week in the Buyers’ Guide, starting with next week’s issue on Sept. 5, there will be a game page that has each of our participating advertisers listed. Players need to locate the ad wherever it’s located in that issue, and printed very small on the ad will be the specific match-up. The player needs to pick who they believe will win, and record that pick on the printed game page. It’s like a scavenger hunt. The entries need to be turned in every week at our office at 24 W. Rives St., or they can mail them, or email them. Mail needs to be postmarked Friday and email should be same format as entry blank and needs to be here by 4 p.m. on Friday. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJ-What can contestants win this year?
CO-The weekly winners will get a “Gameday Tailgate Party Starter Kit” valued at $25. The grand prize drawing at the end of the season will award an “Ultimate Fan Tailgate Party Pack” valued at $500, and a $50 gift certificate from West Side Shell of Rhinelander.
SJ-How do you get your name into those drawings?
CO-The weekly winner gets one entry automatically into the drawing. In addition, each week we’ll have a “Secret Swammi” and a “Secret Sage” pick the games. The “Secret Swammi” and “Secret Sage” will be local celebrities or business owners that rotate week-to-week, and will have their records published in the results portion of the week’s game page. If that week’s winner also manages to out-pick the “Secret Swammi” and/or “Secret Sage”, they will get an extra entry each in the grand prize drawing.
SJ-Did you have a lot of people participate last year?
CO-Yes, we did very well last year. We had a lot of brand new players. We had husbands and wives competing against each other, and several businesses in the area had their whole office competing against each other for bragging rights. There were even shifts at the paper mill competing against each other! It’s a fun contest that gets a lot of people involved and watching football.
SJ-Why does the Buyers’ Guide do this contest?
CO-It’s a great promotion for our advertisers, and gives them all something fun to participate in. A contest like this allows families and friends to make little rivalries with each other, and gives them a little something extra to have fun with while watching the games. Everyone in our office plays and has a good time with it, and since we can’t win, it’s only for the bragging rights. That’s enough for a lot of people to do it.
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