The Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens has launched a new contest encouraging people to share stories of what makes the historic site special to them.
“We often hear from our repeat visitors that the Grist Mill and Gardens historic site is very special to them,” said Chris Mathieson, operator of the Grist Mill and Gardens. “Although the stories vary widely, the staff and volunteers here are always left feeling humbled and honoured at the way people speak about this place. We thought that running this contest would be a fantastic way to share these stories and show that a place like this is so much more than a collection of old, dusty things.”
The historic site centres on one of the few remaining water-driven mills, first put into operation by Barrington Price in 1877. It also boasts spectacular heritage gardens and farm as well as a tea room.
People with stories to share can join the contest by posting them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagged with the hashtag #OurGristMill between Aug. 1 and 14.
There will be two rounds of prize draws, with winners drawn at random from qualifying entries on Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.
There are a total of four prizes available in total including an experience package worth $400 that includes a private dinner for six in the Grist Mill’s garden, a basket of Similkameen products from their gift shop and more. Lesser packages of event tickets and products from the gift shop will also be available.
The contest is open to any legal resident of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) who is at the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of entry, except current employees of the Grist Mill and Gardens or their immediate family members. The odds of being selected as a potential winner are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.
Entries can be made via three methods:
• Tell why the Grist Mill and Gardens is close to your heart with a post on their Facebook page. Stories or photos (with captions explaining the moment you captured) are both encouraged.
• Post a photo taken at the Grist Mill and Gardens on Instagram and include a caption explaining the moment you captured and the hashtag #OurGristMill.
• Tweet a photo or short story about a special experience you had at the Grist Mill and Gardens on Twitter and include the hashtag #OurGristMill.
More information, including the full rules and regulations, can be found at www.oldgristmill.ca/ourgristmill.