Official Rules

Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month Contest | May 1 – 31, 2019


1. Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the United States (excluding RESIDENTS of OVERSEAS MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, PUERTO RICO and OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES). Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

2. Agreement to Official Rules: By participating in the Contest, entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor(s), which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion.

3. To Enter: To enter on Instagram, follow @SantaMariaValley, post a photo of a Santa Maria Style meal you have prepared, and use the hashtag #MySantaMariaStyle in the photo caption. You most own the photo you post. To enter on Facebook, “Like” @VisitSantaMaria on Facebook, post a photo of a Santa Maria Style meal you have prepared, and use the hashtag #MySantaMariaStyle in the photo caption. You must own the photo you post. Contest is open Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Friday, May 31, 2019.  Each entrant must be the rightful owner (or have authorized use) of the Instagram or Facebook account identified in the entrant’s entry as of date of entry. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the Instagram or Facebook account was opened. Entrants must provide all information requested to be eligible to win. All entries must be received by 11:59pm PST May 31, 2019. All entries must be received by the close of entry period.

4. Selection of Winner: Prize winner will be selected from all entries meeting the requirements of the Official Rules. The winners will be selected by independent judges, administrators of the Visit Santa Maria Valley campaign whose decisions are final and binding. Winner will be notified by direct message on Facebook or Instagram. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.

Notification of Winners: Winners will be notified on Instagram or Facebook on Monday, June 3, 2019 and for three (3) business days following the Contest closing, and may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release within seven (7) days of notification. If a selected Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize and/or where applicable an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release is not timely received, is incomplete or modified, prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected from remaining valid, eligible entries timely submitted.

5. Prize(s): One (1) winner will receive a prize pack including grilling tools, a cutting board, Santa Maria Style seasoning and more.

Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted except as provided herein. Prizes are non-redeemable for cash. In the event of unavailability, Sponsor may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Winners are solely responsible for any and all federal, state, provincial and local taxes that apply to prizes. No cash or other substitution of prizes is permitted, except at the sole option of Sponsor for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to the parents or legal guardians, who must sign all required affidavits and releases. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes.

6. Privacy Policy:  Participation in the Contest constitutes consent to use entrant’s name, biographical information, image and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Entrant releases and holds harmless the Released Parties for any liability, claims and causes of action based on defamation or violation of rights of publicity or privacy.

7. General Rules: Employees of Sponsors and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, their immediate family members and persons living in their same household, are not eligible to participate in the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest. Participation in the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules & Regulations (“Official Rules”). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest is offered by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Convention Bureau, which is not responsible for late, lost, delayed, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected entries, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties. By participating and winning a prize, Winner releases Sponsor, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, sponsors, and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, from any and all liability with respect to the The Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest or the acceptance, possession or use of any prize, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond Sponsor’s control that may cause the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest; and (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest sponsor’s decisions in all respects relative to the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest are final. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest  in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the Santa Maria Valley Barbecue Month contest is compromised, without liability to the entrant. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any winner, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The winner is responsible for paying any income taxes on the value of the prize received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state, provincial and local regulations apply.

All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winner will receive an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. Consult with your tax professional regarding potential tax implications. Should the ARV of the prize equal or exceed $600.00, winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number and necessary tax form to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form.

By participating in the Promotion and accepting any prize, entrants and winners agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor(s), their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and related companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, ‘Released Parties’) from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any loss, harm, damage, injury, cause of action, claim, cost or expense (including without limitation any property damage, personal injury and/or death) arising out of or in connection with the Promotion, including without limitation participation in any Promotion-related activity and/or possession, acceptance, use or misuse of any prize.

Released Parties are not responsible if Promotion cannot take place or if prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, postponements, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.

Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Winner acknowledges that Released Parties have not made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. Any and all warranties and/or guarantees on a prize (if any) are subject to the respective manufacturers’ terms therefore, and Winner agrees to look solely to such manufacturers for any such warranty and/or guarantee.

8. Additional Conditions: Except where prohibited by law, by accepting any prize, Winner consents to the use of his/her name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, winning entry and statements attributed to winner (if true) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of prizes.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or who is otherwise in violation of the Official Rules. Sponsor further reserve the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Contest in the event the Contest is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, or technical failures of any kind. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account used to enter the Contest at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules.

10. Sponsor’s Address: 614 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454

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