Johnsonville at the Polar Plunge - Handmade in the Heartland

Johnsonville at the Polar Plunge

Johnsonville kicks off grilling season by partnering with the special olympics and sponsoring the Chicago polar plunge! This post is sponsored by Johnsonville, thanks for supporting the brands that support Handmade in the Heartland. 
You may remember the world's largest grill in the photo below. Last August I had the opportunity to have some delicious brats fresh from The Big Taste Grill, a 20-foot tall, 65-foot long grill. It cooks 2,500 brats an hour or 750 bratwurst at a time on its 40 square feet of grilling surface. Crazy, right?! 

Well The Big Taste Grill was at it again serving the brave people of Chicago who dared to take a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. The big taste grill has a specific charitable mission and I love that this huge amazing grill travels across the country to help those in need.
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher helped Johnsonville grill and serve bratwursts at Sunday’s Chicago Polar Plunge on March 5, 2017, in Chicago. The Plunge is hosted and benefits Special Olympics Chicago, which aligns directly with the charitable mission of the Big Taste Grill. If these extreme plungers are willing to jump in freezing water for a good cause, Johnsonville should be a part of it, as we don’t let weather get in the way of what we love – grilling brats.
The event looks like it was a fun, chilly and festive occasion supporting a great cause! 
Have you opened up your grill yet this year? We've had a super strange end of winter- it was almost 75 on my son's birthday in February and we grilled and ate dinner on the deck! Johnsonville is celebrating the start of grilling season with a contest! One grand prize winner will receive lawn care or snow removal for a year!! 
#FirstBrats Contest 
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.
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).
Limit one (1) prize per person

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.
Official Contest rules can be found at www.FirstBratsContest.com
I've never done a polar plunge! Have you?! The cold Chicago weather didn’t stop Johnsonville from providing hot brats to the Polar Plunge participants, and you can grill too! Fire it up even if it's cold outside and enjoy some Johnsonville Brats!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

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