Johnsonville Tailgate Wedding Contest


ELIGIBILITY: The Johnsonville Tailgate Wedding Contest (“Contest”) is open to couples who are engaged to be lawfully married or those planning to join in a civil union, are legal residents of the contiguous United States or the District of Columbia, are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry, and are willing, ready and able to get married in 2018. The Contest is intended for viewing and participation in the United States only and shall be construed and evaluated only according to United States law. Do not proceed if you are not located in the United States at time of entry. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Employees (and their immediate families (parents, child, spouses or sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of Johnsonville, LLC (“Sponsor”), CMGRP, Inc., dba Current Marketing (“Administrator”), ESPN, Southeastern Conference, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to enter directly or on behalf of a couple or win. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. 

TO ENTER: Between 8:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on December 1, 2017, and 11:59 PM ET on May 6, 2018 (the “Entry Period”), visit and follow the directions to complete the official entry form and include (i) a photo of solely you and your fiancée as a couple; (ii) your engagement date, (iii) your or your fiancée’s favorite SEC team(s); (iv) an essay in two hundred (200) words or less describing how your engagement happened; and (iv) an essay in two hundred (200) words or less describing the challenges your 2018 wedding date presents surrounding game day and why you need a tailgate wedding (collectively, an “Entry”). No other method of entry will be accepted. Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on May 6, 2018, to be eligible. Limit of one (1) Entry per couple. Entries received from any person or household in excess of the stated limitations will be void. Entries with incomplete or erroneous information, Entries generated by script, macro or other automated or mechanical means and Entries made by any means which subvert the Entry process are void. 

REQUIREMENTS OF ENTRIES: Entry may not contain, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

By participation, each entrant, and, by accepting the prize, the winner, covenants, warrants and represents that such entrant’s Entry and, with respect to the winner, the winning Entry, is the original work of the entrant, has not been previously published, has not won previous awards, and does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use, exploitation and exhibition of the Entry by or any other action of Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who is identifiable in the Entry. Obtaining such releases and consents is a condition to a couple being confirmed as the winner. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these releases and consents in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such requested proof may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, render the Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant covenants, warrants and represents that entrant and any persons identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use, exploitation and exhibition and any other action of Sponsor with respect to the Entry as set forth herein.

By submitting an Entry, each entrant hereby grants permission, and covenants, represents and warrants that such entrant has all releases and consents necessary to grant such permission, for the Entry to be posted on Sponsor’s or SEC Nation’s social and digital properties or other websites. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and may remove a posted Entry at any time. 

By submitting an Entry, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that (a) Sponsor may obtain many Entries in connection with the Contest or other contests staged or promoted by Sponsor, (b) such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with the Contest or entries for other contests sponsored by Sponsor or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by or on behalf of Sponsor and (c) entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, or may have in the future that any Entry or other works accepted, reviewed or used by Sponsor may be similar to entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsor.

JUDGING: All Entries will be judged by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria: persuasiveness, creativity and eloquence of the Entry (40%), adherence to engagement theme (40%), and originality of Entry (20%). The one (1) Entry with the highest score will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. For all purposes of these Official Rules, any reference to “winner” shall be deemed to mean the winning couple. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the winner based on the criteria listed herein. Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. Prize award is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: The potential Grand Prize winner will be notified by email and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by Sponsor, which must be returned within three (3) days of date appearing on the winner notification. Return of notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of Sponsor to contact the potential winner within three (3) days of winner notification or noncompliance with these Official Rules by potential winner will result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, a runner-up may be selected as the winner. If either member of the couple is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her state of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on winner set forth herein.

PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize: A “tailgate wedding” prize package consisting of the following elements: (i) a tailgate wedding (“Wedding”) prior to an SEC football game of the winning couple’s choice (“Game”); (ii) rental/use of an SEC school campus venue for the Wedding ceremony (not to exceed 100 people); (iii) a Wedding officiant and staffing; (iv) a videographer and photographer; (v) two (2) nights’ accommodations at a hotel in reasonable proximity to the tailgate wedding sites (standard room/double occupancy); (vi) round-trip ground transportation for up to eight (8) from hotel to Wedding site; (vii) catered reception at the Wedding site for up to 100 people; (viii) ten (10) tickets to the Game following the Wedding; (ix) $18,500 in cash provided via check. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $60,000.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: All prize details shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. Any air transportation to/from the Wedding venue will not be provided by Sponsor and will be the Grand Prize winner’s sole responsibility. Wedding must take place and prize must be redeemed by November 5, 2018, on a mutually agreed upon date, or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and Sponsor will have no further obligation to winner. Winner may not take only a portion of the prize and may not substitute, assign or transfer prize, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes. All costs and expenses associated with the prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including but not limited to travel, transportation costs not specified herein, additional Wedding costs and services, in-room charges, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Winner will be issued a form 1099 for tax purposes in the amount of the actual retail value of the prize and must submit his/her social security number, as required by law. Prize award is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Released Parties will not be responsible for weather conditions, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of the Game. If the Game is delayed, postponed, or canceled for any reason whatsoever, Winner will not be reimbursed or otherwise compensated for that portion of the Prize. Game tickets are awarded pursuant to a revocable, nontransferable license that is personal to the Winner and may not be sold, resold, auctioned, bartered, assigned, exchanged, placed in commerce, transferred, given away, donated, or otherwise conveyed. A violation of these restrictions shall revoke Winner’s license, and may result in the Prize not being honored. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets. Winner and Winner’s companions must abide by all venue policies and Game ticket terms and conditions. Sponsor reserves the right to revoke the Game tickets from Winner or Winner’s companions who Sponsor or venue personnel deem, in their sole discretion, may be intoxicated, be a safety risk, have violated any venue policy or law, or bring Sponsor or Released Parties into disrepute. Seat locations at the Game are subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion. Actual prize value is subject to fluctuations in the price of Game tickets not yet issued and winner will not receive the difference between actual and approximate retail value.

GRAND PRIZE FOOTAGE: Grand Prize winner and their Wedding guests may be photographed, videotaped and otherwise recorded by Sponsor during the Wedding festivities and/or travel to the venue location (collectively, "Footage"). Footage will be owned by Sponsor who has the right to use, edit, adapt, post, stream, copy and exploit such Footage and all elements embodied therein, including any names and likenesses embodied therein, on social media and in any and all media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world, in perpetuity, for advertising, promotional, trade and other purposes. By accepting the prize, winner agrees that his/her name and likeness and those of any other individuals present may be included in the Footage, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winner agrees to help Sponsor retain necessary releases (as applicable) if requested by Sponsor to do so.

LICENSE/USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, and to the extent allowed by law, you grant the Released Parties a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional and transferable license to edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse your Entry, name, photo, essays, and biographical material including, but not limited to, all materials submitted in connection with the Contest in any and all media, throughout the world, and in any manner, for trade, advertising, promotional, commercial, or any other purposes without further review, notice, approval, consideration, or compensation to entrant or any third party.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, misdirected, delayed, garbled or undelivered Entries, essays, photos, or for network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions or lines, or computer hardware or software, or other equipment failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, essays or photos, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by viruses, worms, bugs, non-authorized intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to terminate the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winner from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor using the judging criteria specified above. Each entrant, by participating, and winner, by accepting the prize, agree that Sponsor, Administrator, ESPN, Southeastern Conference, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and such entrant and winner will release, discharge, defend and hold Released Parties harmless from and against, any and all liabilities, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including death to persons, or damage to property (collectively, “Losses”), resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of the prize, or participation in the Contest, and for any and all Losses occurring at or during the Wedding (including, but not limited to, such Losses caused directly or indirectly by any vendors engaged by winner to provide services or goods at or during the Wedding). Each entrant and winner, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor and its designees to use winner’s name and address (city and state) and an associated Entry, essays, photo, voice and other likeness and prize information for programming, publicity, advertising, trade and promotional and other purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide and on the Internet and in perpetuity, without notice, inspection, review or approval and without restriction as to frequency of use or additional consents from entrant, winner or any third party. Entrant and winner agree to execute specific consents to enable Sponsor to pursue and protect its rights hereunder. Entrants and winner also agree not to release any publicity or other materials on their own or through someone else regarding their participation in the Contest without the prior consent of Sponsor, which Sponsor may withhold in its sole discretion. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the entrant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in the Contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal substantive laws of the State of Wisconsin, USA.

REQUEST FOR WINNER’S NAME: For the name of the Grand Prize winner (available after July 1, 2018), send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope to: Johnsonville Tailgate Wedding Contest Winner, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60657 for receipt no later than July 31, 2018.

SPONSOR: Johnsonville, LLC, N6928 Johnsonville Way, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085.

ADMINISTRATOR: Current Marketing, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60611

ESPN is neither a sponsor nor an administrator of this Contest.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Begins 8:00 AM ET on 12/1/17, ends 11:59 PM ET on 5/6/18. Open to couples who are engaged to be lawfully married or those planning to join in a civil union, are legal residents of the contiguous U.S. or D.C., 18+ and are willing, ready and able to get married in 2018. Void in AK, HI & where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules available at Sponsored by Johnsonville, LLC.