November 18, 2013

Take Time To See The Roses and Enter To Win A Trip To The 125th Rose Parade


 Dole Rose Parade Sweepstakes


Last year I mentioned that I’ve been to The Rose Parade once when I was a kid. All these years later, I still watch the parade and think of that experience camping out to get a good spot. And while I don’t think I’ll ever camp out for a spot again, it’s something I’m glad I did. It was that experience that has taken time to see the roses every year at The Rose Parade.

Recently, my friend’s mom passed away and as I drove to the funeral I went a bit out of my way to drive to Pasadena. It was my friend’s mom, Eileen, who took me along. And as I drove through Pasadena I could hear her laughter and sense the joy she had taking “her girls” to see a parade she’d been watching for decades.

Every New Year’s Day I join the millions of families across the globe who tune in to watch The Rose Parade. I love watching the back stories about how the floats are made with all the flowers and seeds and grasses. I’m amazed at how one person’s idea can be transformed into a three-dimensional float.

Then there are the marching bands, dance teams, drill teams, and other organizations with youth from all over who’ve saved and begged and raised money to be there for this parade. I love watching these kids perform and knowing how hard they’ve worked to get there. I know it’s not easy being in a parade but the memories.  Oh, the memories!

This year, DOLE is once again vying for the prize of being the best float among the over 40 floats. And to celebrate their involvement with the 125th Rose Parade they’re giving away a trip to the parade and football game. If you’re on Facebook, you can enter directly through the DOLE Facebook page. You can also enter other ways by going directly to the DOLE sweepstakes page.

The grand prize winner will receive a four night trip to Los Angeles – from December 30, 2013 to January 2, 2014 – for themselves and three guests to see the DOLE float in the 2014 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in beautiful Pasadena, California. The winner will also receive four tickets to the 2014 Rose Bowl to watch two of the best college football teams fight to become the 2014 Rose Bowl Champion.

The sweepstakes runs through December 5, 2013. In addition, DOLE will also give sweepstakes entrants the opportunity to win prizes daily in the “Instant Win Trivia Promotion” to those who enter the “Cheer in the New Year” sweepstakes and correctly answer five trivia questions.

So, go enter and if you’re the winner make a big sign for me!


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