Thoughts from the Publisher | Feb. 2, 2018

Today is the kick-off for our 18th Annual Sweetheart Sweepstakes. With this exciting promotion, our readers cut out entry coupons that appear in our paper during the next two weeks and take them to any or all of the 18 participating advertisers to enter the drawings for our amazing prize packages. Check out pages 8 and 9 for entry coupons, rules and prize list.

This year’s prizes are pretty amazing, and I find it unbelievable that so many businesses donated such generous prizes.

This year’s promotion will run today and next Friday. The last chance to enter will be Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at noon. Shortly after the deadline, our staff members will pick up all the entry boxes. Once we have them in our hot little hands, we will count the entries, mix ‘em up, draw the winners and then contact those lucky folks by telephone. The winners’ names will appear in our Feb. 16 issue.

The object of the Sweetheart Sweepstakes is to entice our readers to patronize local businesses. By cutting out and then dropping off the coupons in the “specially marked pink buckets” at participating businesses, our readers have an opportunity to visit those advertisers’ establishments and familiarize themselves with their goods or services. Our intention is to give our readers a fun reason to visit our local shops and restaurants that they’ve missed out on in the past.

Keep in mind there are rules– you cannot enter by mail, fax or email; and don’t just drop your entry through the mail slot– it will be thrown away. You must go inside the business and drop your single-entry blank into the specially marked pink bucket.

Also, you may only enter once a day at each business. Do remember to put the right coupon in the right box, or you’ll be disqualified! And, by the way, take the time to shop or eat while you’re there. Who knows, you may just discover your new favorite shop or restaurant!

A big thank-you goes out to all the folks who so generously donated prizes for our contest. We appreciate their participation. Many of them have donated for all 18 years.
So, my dear readers, with a total of 18 prize packages, the odds are in your favor…so enter, and enter often. If you don’t, you can’t win!
Note: To my husband Steve and staff of the Signal Tribune– no for the 18th time– you cannot enter, so stop asking!

On another note…
Those of you who enter your Sweetheart Sweepstakes coupons at Tuttle Cameras, 5467 E. Carson, will have a chance to enter their separate drawing for a Fuji Instax Mini 70 with film, which is valued at more than $150. You will have to fill out a separate entry blank of theirs in order to win. Check with them for details on their drawing.

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