One Person Enters Contest, Wins Big

Bay City, Michigan, concocted a contest to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary and promote participation in city events. Anyone who attended 25 events would be eligible to enter a drawing for a prize package worth $1500. The city even sent out entry forms in utility bills in May. Maybe the contest seemed too complicated, or maybe it ran too long, but in the end, only one person turned in a completed “passport” showing he had fulfilled the contest rules.

So, congratulations are in order for Taylor Langstaff, a Bay City native who volunteers at the Bay County Historical Museum. Langstaff was the only person to submit a fully-stamped passport after participating in a number of events and activities, including taking in a show at The State Theatre, enjoying a beer at Tri-City Brewing Co., and most recently, enjoy a holiday tour of homes in Bay City's Historic District.

"I love Bay City so much that this was pretty easy," Langstaff said. "I met a lot of people, was able to go to a lot of neat events, take in some great shows — this contest really showed what this city has to offer."

What’s more, there were prizes to be awarded to the second and third place winner, so Langstaff ended up with those, too, for a total of $2,000 in prizes. Those include many restaurant meals, tickets to games and other events, books, a membership to the YMCA, t-shirts, and more. Langstaff will be a Bay City booster for a long time to come. -via reddit

(Image credit: Andrew Dodson/The Bay City Times)

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In my radio days, we had contests all the time that were way too complicated because they were designed for advertisers and sponsors instead of listeners. In a small town, that led to the same few people winning every one of them, because they were the few that bothered. Nothing ever changed, though, because advertisers are more important than the audience.
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