October 27, 2016

Wenatchee, WA, USA – The Washington Apple Commission Wenatchee office will host its inaugural Facebook contest during the month of November. The “I love Washington apples!” photo contest will consist of consumers posting a photo of themselves enjoying a Washington apple with the hashtag #WashingtonApples to the WAC Wenatchee Facebook page. Winning photos will be those with the highest numbers of “Reactions” at the end of the contest time period, which will run from November 1st through November 30th, 2016.facebook_banner-ad_washington-apples_photo-contest

One grand prize winner and three first prize winners will be selected at the close of the contest. The grand prize winner will be the entrant with the photo receiving the highest number of total “Reactions” (Like/Love/Wow etc.) and the first prize winners will be the photos with the second, third, and fourth highest numbers of total Reactions over the contest. The grand prize winner will receive a prize pack of 3 Crispy stress balls (one each in red, green, and yellow), and three first prize winners will each receive a prize pack of 1 Red Crispy stress ball. The winners will be announced on or around Friday, December 2nd, and prizes will be shipped on or before December 15, 2016. The contest is open to residents with a mailing address within the 48 contiguous states but not Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.

This contest will also take place simultaneously across several of our international Facebook pages, including Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Middle East, and on the Weibo platform in China. To enter the contest or check out entries, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/washingtonapples/.





The Washington Apple Commission “I love Washington apples!” contest entry period begins on November 1, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time and ends on November 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The contest is open to residents with a mailing address within the 48 contiguous states but not Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.

Employees of the Washington Apple Commission (“Sponsor”) and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, public relations agencies, prize suppliers, including any vendors providing services in connection with this Sweepstakes (collectively, the “Sponsor Affiliates”), and employees, agents, directors, officers (including members of their immediate family – i.e., spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren – or those living in the same household) of Sponsor or any Sponsor Affiliates are not eligible to participate.


This contest will be held on the Washington Apple Commission’s Facebook page. To enter, contestants must “Like” the official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/washingtonapples/), then post a photo of themselves eating a Washington apple with the hashtag #WashingtonApples to the Washington Apple Commission Facebook page.

See below for Required Representations and Warranties for more information about requirements of the entry process. Failure to complete any step outlined in, or to follow any of the Official Rules will result in disqualification of attempted entry. All entries along with the entrant’s Facebook username may be publicly posted on any or all of the Sponsor’s social media pages/platforms during the Promotion Period and thereafter, which will be at full discretion of Sponsor.

You may enter as often as you like, but each entry must be unique. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected entries or entries not received regardless of cause. The entry will be deemed to have been directly submitted by the authorized account holder of the Facebook account. The authorized account holder is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned to the Facebook account associated with the entry.


To be eligible, you must comply with the following restrictions:

(i)               Your image must be your own original image, created and shot by you; must not have been previously published, released or distributed in any form; must not have been entered into any other promotion or competition nor won any award; and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity. Modification of an existing image does not count as an original image for purposes of this Sweepstakes.

(ii)             You represent that you have the express consent of any identifiable persons appearing in the image to their likeness being used in the ways set out in these Official Rules, including Sponsor’s right to use the image for any future commercial purpose without restrictions. Upon request, you will obtain written consent of any such persons for Sponsor. If any person appearing in the image is under the age of majority in their state of residence, the written consent and signature of a parent or legal guardian is required. The image must not contain any personally identifiable information of any person.

(iii)             Excepting those of Sponsor, the image must not contain or reference any names, products or services of any company or entity or any third party trademarks, logos, trade dress or promotion of any brand, product or service.

(iv)             The image must not be lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, violate any laws or otherwise contain content which Sponsor in its sole discretion decides is inappropriate or objectionable.

Images that do not comply with the above requirements may not receive an entry into the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes violates or potentially violates any of the foregoing requirements or otherwise fails to comply with any provision of these Official Rules. Entrants agree to reimburse Sponsor and Sponsor Affiliates in full in respect of any losses, damages, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees that they may sustain from the breach of a representation or warranty made by the entrant or the use of any rights granted by the entrant to Sponsor hereunder. By entering, entrant warrants that the submitted image complies with the entry requirements set out above including those at (i)-(iv) above. By entering, entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sub-licensable, assignable license to reproduce that image and to otherwise use, exploit, copy, modify, adapt, edit, publish and display the image in any form, manner, venue, media or technology now known or later developed for any and all purposes, including, without limitation, for purposes of trade, advertising, and promotion as Sponsor and its licensees or assignees determine, without further compensation, notification, or permission. Further, by entering, the entrant hereby waives any moral rights the entrant may have in the image in favor of the Sponsor. At Sponsor’s request and in its sole discretion, as a condition of being awarded the prize, winners may be required to execute an assignment and release transferring all rights and ownership of their image to Sponsor, the form of such assignment to be determined by Sponsor.


One (1) grand prize winner and three (3) first prize winners will be selected at the closing of the contest time period. The grand prize winner will be the entrant with the photo receiving the highest number of total “Reactions” (Like/Love/Wow etc.) over the contest time period; the three first prize winners will be the photos with the second, third, and fourth highest numbers of total Reactions over the contest time period. If there is more than one photo with an equal number of Reactions in fourth place, the winning entrant will be chosen from said photos by the Washington Apple Commission office in Wenatchee, Washington.

Contestants can enter multiple times but each contestant can win a maximum of one prize. For example, if a contestant enters two photos and one receives the highest number of Reactions and the other receives the third highest number of Reactions, contestant will win the grand prize but not also a first prize.

Voting is open for the entire month of November. “Likes” will be tallied on November 30 at 5:00pm PST. Winners will be announced on or around Friday, December 2, 2016 PST.


One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a prize pack of 3 Crispy stress ball dolls (one each in Red, Green, and Yellow) and will be awarded to the photo with the highest number of Reactions over the entire month. Three (3) First Prize winners will receive a prize pack of 1 Red Crispy stress ball, which will be awarded to the photos with the second, third, and fourth highest number of Reactions over the entire month. Prizes will be shipped out on or before December 15, 2016.


The Potential Winners shall be announced on the official promotion Facebook page. A comment will also be posted to the Potential Winner’s Facebook wall with instructions to contact the Sponsor to claim the prize, or Potential Winner may be notified via a direct message through Facebook. The Potential Winners, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, may be required to claim ownership of the winning account, and may, as necessary and at Sponsor’s sole discretion, be asked to demonstrate control of such account. The Potential Winners will have 48 hours from the moment such Notification is issued to respond to such Notification by following the instructions provided therein. If the Potential Winners respond to such Notification, the Potential Winners may be required to sign, notarize and return an affidavit of eligibility/liability, photo releases and publicity release within 48 hours of the date of notification. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. If a Potential Winner does not reply to the notification within the 48-hours limit provided above, is ineligible, or cannot or does not comply with the Official Rules, the Potential Winner will be disqualified, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected, at Sponsor’s discretion. By entering and/or participating, Entrants agree

(i)               to be bound by these Official Rules and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy as set forth In these Official Rules,

(ii)             that the decision of the Sponsor is final and binding on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes;

(iii)             to be contacted by Sponsor by e-mail, telephone and/or mail; And

(iv)             except where prohibited by law, by accepting the Prize, the winner consents to the use of his or her Name, Voice, Picture or other Likeness for advertising, promotional and other purposes in any media as determined by sponsor without further approval or compensation.


Submission of an entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes permission to the Sponsor to use entrants’ name, image, biographical information, voice, statements, image, picture and likeness for purposes of advertising and trade, in any medium, without further notice, approval, or compensation, unless prohibited by law. Submission of contact information in connection with this Sweepstakes (whether or not required), including without limitation mailing address, phone number, email address, Facebook account, during entry constitutes permission for Sponsor to use entrant’s personal information for purposes of administration of the contest.


Neither Sponsor, Sponsor Affiliates, Facebook, Inc., nor their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns, harmless from and against any and all claims and liability (the “Released Parties”) are responsible for and entrants release each from any failures of any kind (whether caused by computer, technical, or human error) which may either limit the entrant’s ability to submit an entry, register a vote, claim a prize, or otherwise participate in this Sweepstakes, or a Released Party’s ability to include all eligible entries, votes, judging, notify potential winners, or otherwise execute this Sweepstakes in the manner intended. Entrants further release and agree to release and indemnify the Released Parties from all liability, claims or actions of any kind for injuries, death, damages, or losses to persons or property alleged to have been sustained in connection with this Sweepstakes including, but not limited to: (a) the receipt, ownership or use of any prize awarded; (b) any typographical or other error in these Official Rules or any other materials disseminated by Sponsor; and (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers, or providers used by an entrant or Released Party.


Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Sweepstakes for any reason, including but not limited to, if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy the integrity of the Sweepstakes, or if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper administration of the Sweepstakes as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify or prohibit the participation of an individual if fraud or tampering is suspected, or if the individual fails to comply with any requirement of participation or with any provision in these Official Rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL & CIVIL LAWS. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND/OR SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL MAKING ANY SUCH ATTEMPTS TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


Any disputes arising under this Sweepstakes and/or these Official Rules will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Washington. Sponsor and each entrant agree that any such claim or dispute between the parties, or between a party and any agent, employee, successor, or assign of the other, related to this Sweepstakes and/or these Official Rules (including the applicability of this arbitration clause) shall be resolved by binding arbitration administered by the JAMS under its rules and procedures in effect when the claim is filed. The rules and procedures and other information, including information on fees, may be obtained from JAMS’ website (www.jamsadr.com) or by calling JAMS at 949-224-1810. Any award by the arbitrator(s) may be entered as a judgment in any court having jurisdiction.


If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, or any named or depicted third party sponsors whose likeness may appear from time to time on the Sweepstakes Site. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Sweepstakes should be directed to Sponsor.


A full winner list will be posted on the Washington Apple Commission official website at www.bestapples.com upon completion of the contest.


Washington Apple Commission, 2900 Euclid Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801.