Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Johnsonville Sparks the Season With First Brats At Chicago's Polar Plunge

The darkest days of winter are nearly over and we just can't wait for summer beach time and grilling season, so we were thrilled when Johnsonville reached out to us about partnering up on a sponsored post. 

Sunday ChiIL Mama was ChiILin' at North Avenue beach with Johnsonville, former pro linebacker Brian Urlacher, and a host of crazy costumed plungers ready to go jump in a lake for a great cause. The 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics was sponsored by Johnsonville, and they were on site grilling up an epic number of brats on the world's largest grill. 

They made a lot of shivering participants happy with piping hot Johnsonville #FirstBrats of the season, fresh off the burners of the Big Taste Grill. We scored a couple tasty brats, too. As a half German I grew up on brats and they're still my favorite sausage.

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We were stoked to score a Big Taste Grill tee and a Johnsonville hat, so we'll be stylin' while we grill, no matter the March Chicago weather.

Kudos to Johnsonville for hosting The Polar Plunge that benefits Special Olympics Chicago. This aligns with the charitable mission of the Big Taste Grill. They figured, if these extreme plungers are willing to jump in freezing water for a good cause, Johnsonville should be a part of it, as they don’t let weather get in the way of what they love – grilling brats.

Kicking off grilling season in a BIG way!

Didjaknow... Over 80% of “mature millennials” – millennials between 25-33 – rank grilling as one of their favorite summer activities. However, people who love to grill can’t wait to grill – and these extreme grillers may even do it when it’s not quite time yet. We had a blast kicking off the season with Johnsonville for a great cause.

The Big Taste Grill is a 20-foot tall, 65-foot long grill, which cooks 2,500 brats an hour or 750 bratwurst at a time on its 40 square feet of grilling surface. 

It's never too cold or too early to get your grill on. Here at ChiIL Mama, we're ready, are YOU?! With Johnsonville’s Spark the Season campaign it’s time to come out of the “dark period” of winter and welcome grilling season and the new beginnings of spring and maybe even win big.

ChiIL Mama's Readers can enter to win Johnsonville’s #FirstBrats Contest. Check it out:

Johnsonville’s #FirstBrats contest begins March 8, 2017 and ends May 15, 2017. *(Contest Period: The Contest begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time on March 8, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on May 15, 2017.)

There are two (2) ways to enter:

Online: During the Contest Period, an entrant may visit www.FirstBratsContest.com, enter his/her email address, and follow the instructions to register by entering all information requested on the registration form. After an entrant has registered, he/she may follow the instructions to upload one (1) photo of his/her “first grill of the season”.

Social Media: During the Contest Period, an entrant may (a) log in to his/her Twitter or Instagram account, follow @Johnsonville on Twitter or @jvillesausage on Instagram (if he/she does not already), and post a Tweet/post that includes one (1) photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag “#FirstBratsContest” or (b) log in to his/her Facebook account, visit Sponsor’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/johnsonville/, and post a comment responding to Sponsor’s Invitation Post that includes a photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag “#FirstBratsContest.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive snow removal or lawn care for a year, a value of $1,500.

Fourteen (14) First Prize winners will receive a $100 grocery coupon code and a Johnsonville prize pack.

Following the Contest period, all eligible entries received during the Contest period will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by Johnsonville. The judges will score the entries according to the following weighted criteria: creativity, photo quality and relevance to the Contest theme (e.g., entry captures the passion for grilling even if the weather is not ideal for grilling).
o Limit one (1) prize per person
o There is a limit of one (1) entry per entry method per person per calendar day during the Contest period (i.e., an entrant may receive one entry each via www.FirstBratsContest.com, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for a total of five (5) entries per day.
o Official Contest rules can be found at www.FirstBratsContest.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

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