Official Rules

The National Maple Syrup Festival Sweet Victory Challenge

RECIPE REQUIREMENTS: The National Maple Syrup Festival Sweet Victory Challenge (“Contest”) seeks original recipes in three categories: (1) breakfast (2) dessert and (3) savory/entrée or main dish prepared with 100% pure maple syrup.  Recipes using alcohol as an ingredient will not be accepted. Recipes may not have won previous awards, may not have been published previously and must not infringe upon any other person’s rights. Each recipe must include U.S. standard measurements, complete preparation instructions, cooking time and temperatures, number of servings, size of pans and any special utensils or cookware needed.

HOW TO ENTER: The contest begins 01/10/2019. The deadline to enter is 02/10/2019.

To enter by mail, send your original recipe, in English, legibly written, printed, or typed on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper with your complete name, mailing or street address, city, state, zip code, daytime telephone number, and date of birth in an envelope with First Class Postage to: Sweet Victory Challenge, P.O. Box 167, Medora, Indiana 47260. Each entry must also be noted as a breakfast/dessert entry or a savory/entrée entry.

Enter as often as you wish, but only one entry may qualify as a finalist. Each entry must be mailed in a separate envelope or submitted by separate e-mail message.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and D.C. , except food professionals, such as chefs, food writers or food home economists who create recipes for pay. Employees, officers and directors of Burton’s Maplewood Farm, or the National Maple Syrup Festival, (“Sponsors”), their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, advertising and publicity agencies and members of their immediate families (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) or households of any of the above are not eligible. Finalists do not have to be present to win.

JUDGING: Entries will be judged initially based on the written recipe by a qualified panel of judges and will consider the following: creativity, appetizing description, ease of preparation and appropriate use of the products. Judges will assign points based on a 1-20 point system. The creators of the top five (5) recipes in each category and for each division will then will be notified by mail. All potential finalists (or finalist’s parent/legal guardian if finalist is a minor) will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where legal, publicity release. If any finalist fails to return the completed documents within the time allowed, or is found ineligible, or does not comply with the Official Rules, then the finalist will be disqualified, and an alternate may be selected. Finalist status and prizes are non-transferable. Only one individual per entry may compete in the youth division and in the adult division; no teams or groups will be permitted. Finalists do not have to be present to win.

PRIZES: There are two award levels for each category: SVC Award & Peoples Choice Award. The SVC Award will be selected by a panel of eight judges. First place is a KitchenAid Mixer plus $500 cash. Second place is a KitchenAid Food Processor plus $250 cash. The People’s Choice award will be selected by a panel of 25 Judges. First 25 People to arrive to competition will have the opportunity to participate. Judges are only eligible to participate in one category and can not be related to or acquaintances any of the recipe finalists. Each category will have one first place. No second place. First place is a Sweet Victory inspired trophy created by a Brown County Artisan plus $100 cash.

No substitution, cash reimbursement, or transfer of prizes, except Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any of the advertised prizes become unavailable. All prizes will be awarded on day of judging. By entering, participants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, which shall be final and binding in all matters pertaining to the Contest.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS: By participating in the Contest, finalists agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Sponsors, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors and each of their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees and agencies from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, harm, damage (including but not limited to property damage, personal injury and/or death), claims, actions, costs and expenses (including without limitation, all attorneys’ fees and court costs) arising directly or indirectly from or in connection with his/her participation in the Contest, acceptance, possession or use/misuse of the prize or participation in any prize-related activity. Finalists further acknowledge that the above parties are in no manner responsible or liable for, and specifically disclaim, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize or portion thereof, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. Submission of a Contest entry grants Sponsors and their agents the right to publish, use, adapt, edit and/or modify the recipe included with the entry in any way, in commerce and in any and all media worldwide, without limitation. Submission of any entry further constitutes the entrant’s (or his/her parent’s or guardian’s) consent to irrevocably assign and transfer to the Sponsors any and all rights, title and interest in and to the entry, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights. Each entrant must be the sole and rightful owner of the recipe submitted in the Contest. Acceptance of finalist status or a Contest prize will further constitute and signify agreement and consent (or that of parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) that the Sponsors and/or Sponsors’ assignee may use the winner’s recipe, name, photograph, images, likeness, voice, signature, biographical information, recipe and/or any other intellectual property materials created or submitted as part of the Contest, in addition to any and all materials created during public relations activities related to the Contest (collectively “Publicity Materials”) for purposes of advertising, publicity and trade related to Sponsors’ products and/or services, in all media worldwide (including Sponsors’ web sites), without further compensation, except where prohibited. Finalists’ statements may be used in whole or in part and may be paraphrased, amplified, shortened, and/or put into conversational form to meet the requirements of copy, layout and/or script, provided their general sense is not changed. All Publicity Materials developed or used will be Sponsors’ property and will be works “made for hire” and winners will retain no ownership rights whatsoever in or to said works. If said Publicity Materials are not considered works “made for hire,” winners hereby assign all said works to Sponsors. Winners are solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes on prizes. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. Sponsors reserve the right to take such action as they deems necessary to enforce these Official Rules and ensure the fair operation of the Contest, including without limitation, barring and disqualifying entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by any cause which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsors, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and determine winners from entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsors. In case of cancellation, a winning recipe will be chosen from all eligible entries received prior to the date of cancellation and if circumstances permit. If due to any technical, production, typographical or other error, more prizes are claimed or awarded than are described in the Official Rules at any prize level, the number of prizes identified in the Official Rules will be awarded in a random drawing from all such prize claims received. By participating, entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsors in connection with the Contest, will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of Indiana, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By participating, entrants consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, such entry will be deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is deemed as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, service provider or other online organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Neither Sponsors nor their agencies are responsible for lost, late, stolen, illegible, misdirected, or non-delivered entries or e-mail; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), Web Site or other connections availability, accessibility or traffic congestion, or miscommunications, or failed computer, network, telephone, satellite, or cable hardware, software or lines, or technical failure, or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions, or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic or network, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information. Neither Sponsors nor their agencies are responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Web Site users, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest and assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or tampering with or hacking of Web Site. Sponsors reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds may be tampering with the entry process or operation of the Contest or Web Site, may be acting in violation of the terms of the Web Site or may be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to threaten, abuse or harass any other person. Any attempt to deliberately damage any Web Site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors or their agents.