You may already be a winner; if not, we’ll try again |

You may already be a winner; if not, we’ll try again

Mike Bennett
Staff Photo |

Have you noticed all of the contests we’ve been running this year?

Beginning with our “Love Story” essay contest for Valentine’s Day, it is clear that Garfield County has plenty of talent. Have you seen the great pictures the Summer Fun Photo Contest has generated? With just three days left, nearly 300 of you have submitted 793 great shots.

We have been so impressed by the quality of many of the pictures that we have teamed up with Christina Brusig, executive director of the Glenwood Center for the Arts, to provide an art show to display the best. We will announce the date of the opening soon.

The winners will receive the $800 in grand prize certificates from Summit Canyon Mountaineering. A big thanks to Marianne Virgili and the Glenwood chamber for their support in helping us quickly put together this new community event.

Based on the great photography, we are ready to launch another contest to produce a 2015 calendar showcasing the area. We will be looking to you for the best shot to represent each month of the year.

Our latest contest is about to kick off. Pigskin Payoff will be a test of your skills picking the winners of the NFL games weekly. The individual who has the best record for the season can win the national prize, a trip for two to Hawaii. If you are the best among our readers, you’ll win a PlayStation 4 game console. We are giving away a pizza to the weekly winners.

Once registered, you can join local groups from three of our sponsors, White House Pizza, High Country Honda and Big Daddy’s Sports Bar. Our contest allows you to set up your own private pools.

Go to Scroll down to the Football Contest tile on the bottom of the page to register and play, or go here:

Don’t forget to go to the “Groups” tab and add our local groups to win gift certificates, oil changes or a set of tires.

As I type, I am mulling other contest ideas and would like your help. We will put together a calendar for you to showcase your talent, have some fun and maybe even win some prizes for your efforts. We are thinking about a regional talent hunt for local musicians and performance artists beginning with submission of videos and culminating in shows at local community venues. Send your ideas to me at

For years, Carbondale has been known for its arts scene. Now Rifle has the renovated the New Ute Events Center, and Glenwood Springs’ restaurant explosion is a fine complement to the arts. Dining and entertainment make our area appealing to both visitors and locals alike.

I’ll drink a club soda with a twist of lime to that!

Michael Bennett is publisher of the Post Independent

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