Announcing the 2nd Annual Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest

UPDATE: Carla White of Christmas, MI has been announced as the winner of the 2nd Annual Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest. Carla’s photo of a sunset over Lake Superior near Christmas, MI (below) will be featured in the 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide. Congratulations Carla! 

Carla White's winning photo submission of a sunset over Lake Superior near Christmas, MI.

 

We had a blast marveling over the phenomenal photos our fans submitted during last year’s Pure Michigan Moments photo contest. Since we had such a wonderful turn out, we’re excited to once again invite fans of Pure Michigan to share their favorite “Michigan Moment” as part of the 2nd Annual Pure Michigan Moments photo contest!

The winning photo and the photographer’s name will be published in the 2014 spring/summer Pure Michigan Travel Guide. The photo submission period of the contest kicks off today (November 1, 2013) and will run through November 10th.

After entries are submitted, fans will be able to vote for their favorite photo on the Pure Michigan Facebook page from November 11th- November 17th.

Fans can submit photos directly to the Pure Michigan Facebook contest tab, or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #puremichigancontest. All submissions will be automatically fed into the customized Facebook tab on Pure Michigan’s page, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photos.

The winner will be chosen from the top 10 photos, as voted on by fans, based on which photo best represents the quality and character of Pure Michigan. You must be a fan of Pure Michigan on Facebook to view the photos and vote.

The winning photo will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in the 2014 spring/summer Pure Michigan Travel Guide.  One million copies of the guide will be printed, with 650,000 copies being distributed with the March/April issue of Midwest Living magazine.

Here is the winning photo from last year’s contest by Sean Chess of Coldwater, MI at the St. Joseph Lighthouse. For more inspiration, visit our Pure Michigan Facebook page, Instagram, or Flickr channels.

Head over to the Pure Michigan Facebook page to learn more and start submitting your photos today!

 

 

 

And the Michigan Pace Car Winner Is…

It’s been an exciting day at the Pure Michigan 400! U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient David Balestrino Jr. was named honorary starter of the race, HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse served as grand marshal and NASCAR driver Joey Logano came out on top as the race day champ!

But Joey wasn’t the only one walking a winner. Today was also the day we gave away the official Pure Michigan 400 pace car – a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi – as part of our partnership with Michigan International Speedway, Ford Racing and Quicken Loans. Of the five finalists selected, Danielle Neufer was randomly given the set of keys that would start the car. Danielle was the last finalist selected for the giveaway – in fact, she just entered to win the morning of the race! See her reaction in the video below.

Please join us in congratulating Danielle on her new ride!

Were you at the Pure Michigan 400 today? If you missed any of the race action, see our coverage here

You Can Be The Honorary Starter at the 2013 Pure Michigan 400!

UPDATE: U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient David Balestrino Jr. has been named honorary starter for the Pure Michigan 400. Read more about David on michigan.org. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in this contest! See you on Sunday, August 18 at Michigan International Speedway.

Can you picture yourself as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400? As part of a contest we’re hosting with Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on the Pure Michigan Facebook page, fans have the chance to win the honor of waving the green flag at the August 18th race.

MIS just announced that TV star Carter Oosterhouse will serve as the Grand Marshal of the race, and the Honorary Starter will be a part of the action right alongside him!

Contest details are as follows:

TO ENTER

Go to the contest tab on the Pure Michigan Facebook page and simply tell us in 50 words or less why you should be selected as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400. The entry period is from July 25 – August 8. Please note that submissions may take up to 24 hours to post.

TO VOTE

Fans of the Pure Michigan Facebook page can vote on their favorite submissions up to once a day throughout the duration of the contest. Pure Michigan will choose the winner from the top 10 most-voted entries.

THE PRIZE

The winner will serve as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400 on August 18! He or she will also receive four tickets to the race for friends and family. Please note that all other expenses including travel to Michigan International Speedway are at the winner’s own expense.

Interested in becoming the Honorary Starter? Head over to the Pure Michigan Facebook page today to submit your entry! The winner will be notified and announced by August 13.

Will you be at the Pure Michigan 400? Share with us below and get in on the discussion by following the #PureMichigan400 hashtag on Twitter!