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Valentine’s contest won’t live to see another year

Ryan Graff
Special to the Post Independent
Post Independent Photo/Jim Noelker

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A competition worth $2,000 in prizes ended in controversy early Monday morning.

Contestants in the Glenwood Springs Mall’s Till Death Do Us Part contest complained that rules were changed midway through the competition.

“That thing was such a joke,” said Amy Burchfield of the contest. Burchfield and her boyfriend, Paul Revesz, came in second in the contest.

The contest was supposed to be won by the couple who lasted the longest in a coffin in the Glenwood Springs Mall. Contestants had to stay in their coffin, were not allowed any books, radio, television, or other entertainment, and also were not allowed to sleep.

Five couples were selected to participate in the contest, but only three showed up, said assistant mall manager and event organizer Sonia Davis.

The competition started at noon on Saturday, and by Sunday only Burchfield and Revesz, and one other couple, were left.

The other couple’s first names were Lisa and Michael, but asked Davis not to release their full identities to the Post Independent, said Davis.

By Sunday, Davis was changing the rules of the competition so it wouldn’t last too long, said Burchfield and Revesz.

The couple said Davis decided at 2:30 a.m. Monday that the next person to move would lose the competition, saying she was concerned for their health.

“I no longer felt comfortable,” said Davis, citing the fact that the couple hadn’t slept in over 36 hours.

She added that every couple had to sign a contract that stated Davis had the right to call off the competition or disqualify a couple if she thought anyone might be at risk.

Burchfield and Revesz ended up losing the competition.

“She (Davis) said my head dropped,” said Revesz. “I didn’t feel like I moved at all. She just wanted the contest over.”

Davis, Burchfield, and Revesz agree that Davis was worried about the couples’ health, but Davis said Burchfield and Revesz came up with the rule that the next person to move would be disqualified, not her.

“That’s a lie, we didn’t come up with it at all,” said Burchfield. “We’re the ones that balked at it.”

On top of concern for the couples’ health, Davis said that Burchfield and Davis fell asleep the first night while she was on a break and someone else was watching the contestants. When the first-person-to-move rule was implemented, Davis felt that Burchfield and Revesz were lucky to be in the competition since she would have disqualified them on Saturday night for sleeping had she been there.

Burchfield said that neither she nor Revesz fell asleep Saturday night.

In the end, Burchfield and Revesz don’t think the competition was fair.

“There’s this one judge and it’s completely her opinion,” said Burchfield. “That’s not how the competition should have been judged.”

“I’m sorry that they lost,” said Davis, “but they lost fairly.”

Davis said that the competition was a success in that it drew a crowd to the mall, but the mall will never host the competition again.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534

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