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MaineToday.com Holiday Cookie Contest Official Rules

CONTEST: MaineToday.com Holiday Cookie Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00 a.m. EST on Nov. 13, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST, Nov. 27, 2013 (the “Entry Period”). Each person who submits an entry shall be referred to herein as an “Entrant”.

CONTEST SPONSOR: MAINETODAY MEDIA, INC., a Delaware corporation having a mailing address of One City Center, Fifth Floor, Portland, Maine 04101 (the “Sponsor”).

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is limited to amateur chefs, which shall include only persons who have never been paid to bake or cook, and who have never worked as a chef or baker in any professional capacity.

Employees, temporary employees, independent contractors, officers, directors, representatives and interns of Sponsor, its affiliates and subsidiaries and the immediate family members of and any persons living with, any such employees are not eligible to enter or to win. The term “immediate family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren. Persons employed by or affiliated with any of the judges selected by the Sponsor shall also be ineligible to enter.

ENTRY: Entry forms are available online at MaineToday.com. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Nov. 27, 2013.  Entries should include the detailed, original cookie recipe, a brief statement about why the cookies are significant to the baker and a photo of the cookies.

Finalists will be required to bring 4 (four) dozen cookies of each entry for judging between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to the fifth  floor of One City Center in Portland.and must sign a publicity release. Travel expenses are not included.

All entries will not be returned.  Entrants agree to allow their entries to be published in any form by the Sponsor.  Recipes determined not to be original will be disqualified.  The information you submit in connection with entering the Contest may be added to one or more mailing lists maintained by the Sponsor.

The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or delayed entries or entries not received for any other reason, or for errors in these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to correct any and all printing, typographical, or mechanical errors.

Right to Use Recipes and Images without Compensation: Each Entrant, by entering the Contest, agrees that any recipe submitted by the Entrant, and any photographic images of the Entrant taken in connection with the Contest, may be freely used, without compensation, by the Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries for publicity, marketing, advertising, news reporting, publication, and other commercial purposes.  Each Entrant, by entering the Contest, agrees that Sponsor shall have sole and exclusive ownership of photographic images of the Entrant taken or submitted in connection with the Contest, and that Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries shall have an unlimited, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, publish, reproduce, distribute, transmit, display, exhibit, exploit, project, advertise, and promote any recipe submitted by such Entrant, all without any compensation to the Entrant.  By submitting or providing any images to the Sponsor, the Entrant represents and warrants that he/she has a right to use such images and the images are not copy regulated.

Representation and Warranty Regarding Originality of Recipes: Each Entrant, by submitting a recipe, represents and warrants to the Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries that the recipe submitted by the Entrant is an original recipe created by the Entrant, and is not subject to claims of ownership, copy rights, or exclusive licensure by any other person.  The Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold the Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, licensees and agents (the “Indemnified Persons”) from and against all claims, liabilities, allegations, suits, actions, investigations, judgments, demands or other proceedings brought against the Indemnified Persons, including for reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related in any way to conduct by the Entrant in breach of the representation and warranty set forth in this Section.

PRIZE(S): The total combined value of all prizes is $400.

WINNER SELECTION: Six finalists will be selected at One City Center, Portland, Maine 04101, by MaineToday.com and Portland Press Herald staff, who will read the entries and choose finalists based on the originality of the recipe, appeal of the cookie, story behind the cookie, ease of replication and availability of ingredients. Decisions of judges and Sponsors shall be final and binding in all respects. Finalists will be notified by phone on Monday, Dec. 2. If a finalist is unreachable after one (1) business day or is ineligible, an alternate will be selected.

Finalists will be required to bring 4 (four) dozen cookies of each entry for judging between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to the fifth floor of One City Center in Portland.   Untimely or incomplete submissions may be rejected by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.  A panel of professional pastry chef judges will sample the cookies and select the first, second and third place winners. The People’s Choice winner will be selected by guests at the event.
No transfer, substitution or cash will be awarded in lieu of stated prizes except in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor may replace prizes in the event stated prizes are unavailable. Prizes are non-transferable and non-endorsable.

PARTICIPATION: The judges for the Contest shall be selected at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  By entering, Entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges and these Contest Rules and to comply with all federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations. By entering, each winner accepts all of the conditions, restrictions, requirements, and/or regulations required by the Sponsor, and also agrees to accept delivery of any prizes awarded by the Sponsor.

Sponsor and its employees shall have no liability or responsibility for the prizes once they have been awarded to the winning entrants. Additionally, they will be held harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use or misuse of any prize awarded in connection with the Contest.
LIST OF WINNERS AND COPY OF OFFICIAL RULES: Official Rules and the names of the winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to: Maine Today, One City Center, Portland ME 04101. Indicate “Holiday Cookie Contest Rules Request” or “Holiday Cookie Contest Winners List” on the outside of the envelope as applicable. Limit one (1) request per envelope. The request must include the name of the Contest. Winners List will be available 5 days after the winners are confirmed. Questions regarding this Contest may be addressed to Susan Axelrod Maine Today, One City Center, Portland ME 04101
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: The names, logos, and icons identifying the products and services of Contest Providers are proprietary marks of MaineToday.com. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted material or trademarks without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: All applicable local, state, and federal taxes, if any, and any and all expenses not specified herein, are the responsibility of each winner. This Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

RIGHT TO MODIFY CONTEST: If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including legal restrictions, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or revise all or any portions of the Contest, or to discontinue the Contest at any time.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY:  Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its affiliates and subsidiaries, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, successors, and assigns, from any damage, injury, death, loss, or other liability that may arise from Entrant’s participation in the Contest or the awarding, acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize. All entrants agree that United States law shall apply exclusively to the Contest and that any dispute with respect to the Contest shall be resolved in either the federal or state courts of the State of Maine.

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