Cracker Barrel Old Country Store American Military Hero Essay Contest


  2. Contest Concept. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. appreciates our American Military Heroes.  For most of us, we all know of at least one American Military Hero that is active in the United States military or retired from the United States military that you would like to honor along with his/her family.  Tell us why they’ve inspired you and enter them into the contest for a chance to win a getaway for four (4) to the 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion®.
  3. Contest Period. The Contest shall begin at 5:00 AM CT on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 (“Inception”) and ends at 5:00 PM CT on Sunday, August 10, 2014 (“End Time”) (“Promotion Period”) unless otherwise extended or terminated by Administrator.
  4. Sponsor and Administrator. Sponsor: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., P.O. Box 787, Lebanon, Tennessee 37088-0787. Administrator: REACH Media, Inc. (“RMI”), 13760 Noel Road, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75240.
  1. HOW to ENTER Contest. Participants enter the Contest by logging onto the website; entering their contact information; entering an essay (the “Essay” or “Submission”) about a person that Participant believes is an American Military Hero that is active in the United States military or retired from the United States military; stating in 50 words or less, why they’ve inspired you and why you believe they deserve to be honored. Entries must be received by the End Time. Limit of one entry per person or e-mail account.  Essays should be submitted in English.  Essays exceeding the word limit may not be considered. Participant shall acknowledge having read these Official Contest Rules and agreeing to abide by the same.  ANY person 18 years or older in the US and District of Columbia can enter the essay contest to NOMINATE a military family.  The nominated military family will be eligible for the chance to a trip for 4 to the 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion®.
  2. SELECTION OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER(S). On Monday, August 11, 2014, a Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion from the pool of all eligible entries from the Contest Period. Should a Grand Prize Winner not be validated, an alternate may be selected.  The winning essay will be selected based on the following criteria in equal measure: Composition/Originality; Creativity/Sincerity; and Appropriateness to Contest theme.  All submitted essays must be nonfiction.
  3. Submission Requirements. The Submission must comply with the following requirements: (i) the Submission may not feature any person unless entrant has obtained all necessary written permissions and releases from such persons prior to submission and such persons are over the age of majority in his/her state of legal residence; (ii) other than the Sponsor, its products, brands and/or logos, the Submission may not show, contain, mention, depict, refer or otherwise allude to the name, logo or product of any other retailer, manufacturer, brand, product, store, place of business, person, company or character in such a way or manner as to imply an affiliation with, or endorsement of, the Sponsor, its products, brands and/or this Promotion; (iii) the Submission must be entrant’s own original work, created solely by entrant and not created professionally; must not have been previously published, released or distributed in any form; must not have won any award; and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity; (iv) the Submission may not contain, mention, refer or otherwise allude to any material that is violent, lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, racially or morally offensive or otherwise contain inappropriate content or objectionable material; (v) the Submission cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any political agenda or message; (vi) the Submission cannot in any manner defame, misrepresent, contain disparaging remarks or reflect negatively about any Promotional Entity, its products, or other people, products or companies or their products, or in any way reflect negatively upon such parties or explicitly or implicitly communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which such Promotional Entity wishes to be associated, as determined by the applicable Promotional Entity in its sole discretion; (vii) the Submission cannot contain any personal identification, such as email addresses or street addresses, without express written permission; (viii) the Submission cannot itself be in violation of any law; and (ix) the Submission must otherwise be in compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Administrator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission that Administrator believes, in its sole discretion, does not comply with or is in violation of these Official Contest Rules or that otherwise contains prohibited or inappropriate content.


  1. Grant of Rights. By uploading a Submission, the entrant represents and warrants that he/she has all right, title and interest necessary to grant the Sponsor and Administrator the worldwide, irrevocable and unrestricted right and license to adapt, publish, use, edit, and/or modify such Submission in any way and post the Submission on the internet or use the Submission in any other way and agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor and Administrator harmless from any claims to the contrary.


  1. Representations and Warranties / Indemnification. Each person who enters this Contest represents and warrants as follows: (i) entrant has obtained any and all necessary permissions required to submit the Submission and for Sponsor and Administrator’s right to use the Submission for any purpose, including the consent of any identifiable third person(s) appearing in the Submission, and entrant can and will make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor or Administrator upon request; (ii) the Submission is owned by entrant and has not been previously published, distributed or otherwise exploited; (iii) the Submission is wholly original with entrant and, as of the date of submission, the Submission is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity, including, but not limited to, rights of privacy and publicity; and (v) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be considered defamatory or libelous. Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Sponsor, Administrator and their subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of entrant hereunder.
  1. PRIZE(S). The prize for this Contest includes four (4) nights in a standard room with double beds at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida (check in: Thursday, August 28th; check out: Monday, September 1st); entry into all areas, events and activities at the 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion held at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida. The prize (hotel and event access – airfare is not included) is for four (4) people and has an approximate retail value of $2,499.00. Winner and guests must have the necessary identification for hotel check-in as well as a credit card for hotel incidentals. THE PRIZE IS NOT TRANSFERABLE.
  2. RULES. The General Contest Rules (as detailed below) are part of these Detailed Official Contest Rules (collectively the “Official Contest Rules”). Should the Detailed Official Contest Rules conflict, the Detailed Official Contest Rules shall prevail.

-9.        COPY OF RULES AND LIST OF WINNERS. For a copy of these Official Contest Rules or a List of Winners (available after Monday, August 11, 2014) send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store American Military Hero Essay Contest”, c/o REACH Media, Inc., 13760 Noel Road, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75240. Request must be received no later than Friday, September 26, 2014. These Official Contest Rules are also available online at



ADMINISTRATOR AND PROMOTIONAL ENTITIES. The “Administrator” for the Contest is REACH Media, Inc. (“RMI”), 13760 Noel Road, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75240. The Sponsor is as defined under the “Detailed Contest Official Rules or, if undefined, is the advertising sponsor that initiated the contest. The “Promotional Entities” are, collectively, the Administrator, the Sponsor, The Tom Joyner Morning Show®, and affiliate radio stations of The Tom Joyner Morning Show® and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, promotional partners, and their advertising and promotional agencies.


CONTEST CHANGES. Administrator reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest at its sole discretion at any time without notice.

ENTRY SUBMISSIONS. Once submitted, an entry cannot be deleted, canceled, or modified. Entries that are incomplete or illegible are void and will not be accepted for entry. All entries become the property of Administrator and will not be acknowledged or returned. Nothing in these Official Contest Rules shall obligate Administrator to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest.  Entrants attempting to use automated entry mechanisms or artifices will have their entries voided and may be disqualified from all promotions operated by Promotional Entities. Should there be any proprietary rights (e.g., copyrights, patents, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, etc.) in the information or content of the entry, Entrant represents that they either own the rights or have obtained the rights and are freely granting the Sponsor and Administrator such rights in accordance with the “Use of Name and Likeness” paragraph.


GENERAL ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. This Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Unless further restricted, the Contest is offered and open only to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Promotion is void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. In any sixty (60) day period, only one (1) prize per household is allowed. Any prize won by the same individual, or by different individuals in the same household, beyond the first will be forfeited. “Household” shall include: (i) persons living at the same street address, either full or part time, whether or not such individuals are legally related and (ii) persons living at different street addresses that are related by birth or marriage. For clarification, if Contest provides for multiple prizes, the winning of any one prize precludes the winning of any other. Employees, officers, directors and agents of the Promotional Entities; their immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses), regardless of where they reside; and those living in their same households (whether or not related) are not eligible to enter.

OFFICIAL WINNER VALIDATION. In order for a potential winner to become an official winner, the Administrator must verify: (i) that the entrant was eligible to enter, (ii) that the potential winner was eligible to win the Contest, and (iii) that the potential winner completed and returned any required documentation (as specified under “General Requirements to be Official Winner”). Unless otherwise specified in the Contest or the documentation package sent to the potential winner, documentation must be returned within ten (10) days of receipt; otherwise, the potential winner is disqualified. Prize(s) will be awarded to potential winners only after validation, which shall be determined by the Administrator, in its sole discretion and which shall be deemed final. A potential winner may decline a prize by notifying the Administrator or by not returning the required documentation in the specified time. In the event any winner is found to be in violation of these Official Contest Rules, they will be required to forfeit prize or to reimburse the Sponsor for the stated value of a prize if such violation is found after the prize has been used by winner. Unless otherwise specified in the Contest, should a potential winner not be validated, an alternate winner will not be selected.


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS to be OFFICIAL WINNER. Potential winners may be required to complete, execute, and return a documentation package within ten (10) business days (or such period as specified in the Detailed Contest Official Rules) sent to potential winners prior to the acceptance of the prize. Such documentation package may include an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, a publicity release, an IRS Form W‑9, a non‑disclosure agreement, and such other documents as necessary. Some documents may require that the potential winner’s signature be notarized. Appropriate identification (including proof of U.S. residency) is required for all prizes. Failure to return complete and accurate documents in a timely manner, noncompliance with these Official Contest Rules or return of a prize notification as non-deliverable, will result in forfeiture of the applicable prize.

Odds of Winning. Unless stated otherwise, odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Purchase of any products or services from Promotional Entities will not improve odds of winning.

Approximate Retail Value. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of prizes is set forth in the Detailed Contest Official Rules.

            Limitations on Prizes. No more than the number of prizes stated herein will be awarded and Administrator and Sponsor reserve the right not to award all prizes. Administrator and Sponsor reserve the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value in their sole discretion. All prize details are at Administrator’s sole discretion. Awarded prizes are only as detailed above and are not transferable or assignable. The Winner may not substitute prizes. If multiple prizes are available, but of a different nature, such prizes shall be awarded in an order defined by the Administrator in advance. Unless otherwise specified by Administrator, all prizes will be mailed to the winner via U.S. mail, at the address provided by winner, and Releasees assume no liability for late, lost, damaged or misdirected prizes.

Taxes on Prizes. Winners may be issued an IRS Form 1099. All federal, state and local taxes, and all other costs or expenses associated with the acceptance and/or use of a prize, not specified herein as being awarded, are the sole responsibility of the Winners.

Forfeited Prizes. Prizes that are unclaimed, undeliverable, for which the potential winner has been disqualified, or for which the potential winner did not return their documentation as required will not be awarded unless another disposition is specifically identified in these Official Contest Rules.


Event Ticket Limitations. If provided in the prize, all event tickets are subject to standard rain check policies and procedures. Each winner agrees that event tickets are awarded pursuant to a revocable, nontransferable license personal to that applicable winner. Winner agrees not to sell, resell, auction, barter, assign, exchange, place in commerce, transfer, give away, donate or otherwise convey any event ticket received as a prize. A violation of these restrictions shall revoke the winner’s license, and the game and/or event tickets will not be honored.

  1. All participants (entrants and winners), by participating in the Contest, agree that Promotional Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, salespeople, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Releasees”) are released from all liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by participant, from and against and all claims, actions and/or liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind to person, including without limitation, death and property, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, participation in a Contest-related activity, or participation in this Contest. Participants acknowledge that Promotional Entities, have neither made, nor are in any manner responsible for, any warranty, representation (including but not limited to, the correctness or accuracy of information posted on or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Contest.

USE OF NAME AND LIKENESS. By participating in this Contest, participants (entrants and winners) consent to the Promotion Entities’ use of their name, portrait, picture or other likenesses, hometown, state of origin, information from their entry, and voice in any and all media now or hereafter known (including on The Tom Joyner Morning Show® affiliate radio stations and affiliated web sites) for publicity, advertising and promotional purposes worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission and without the right of review. Further, participants agree that Promotional Entities may contact entrants, winners, and their associates and disclose personal information obtained from them in this Contest to affiliated entities and use this information for marketing and other purposes.

LIMITS OF LIABILITY. Releasees assume no responsibility and disclaims all liability for any lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, misdirected, delayed, mis-delivered or undelivered item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method. Lost prize checks will not be resent. The Releasees are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by any of the equipment associated with or utilized in the Contest, and the Releasees assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, defect, failure, malfunction or delay in operation or transmission or any problems or issues related to the Internet related to the Promotion, or for any damage to participant’s or any third party’s phone lines, telephone systems wireless phone/handset or other device, problem or issues with cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless services, Internet or for theft or destruction, tampering, or unauthorized access to entry information, or for entries, submissions which are late, delayed, misdirected, inaccurate, incomplete or, inaudible, disconnected (or any combination thereof) or in any other media for form, print or otherwise, or for preemption or cancellation of radio program, errors related to technical, network, typographical, Internet nomination, human or other errors or problems relating to or in connection with Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the acceptance of the nomination forms, the announcement of prizes or in any Contest‑related materials. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Administrator and/or Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Administrator and Sponsor reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest (or any portion thereof). Any attempt to defraud Promotional Entities, in any way, will result in disqualification of participant, and such participant will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASEES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST.

TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS. Any trademarks used in this Contest are the property of the respective trademark owners and are used for identification purposes only.

OTHER RULES AND CONDITIONS. Unless otherwise specifically noted, all times in these rules refer to Central Time. All headings contained in these Rules are for reference purposes only and shall not be deemed to limit, cover, or in any way affect the scope or meaning of these Contest Official Rules or any part thereof.

GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE. All participants (entrants and winners) agree to: (a) be bound by these Official Rules; (b) acknowledge that they agree that the laws of the State of Texas shall govern this Contest, without respect to the Conflict of Law Doctrines; and (c) submit any disputes or conflicts to the courts of competent jurisdiction in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

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