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Reser's® America's Best Potato Salad Challenge


Reser's America's Best Potato Salad Challenge is about creativity and fun. You are encouraged to think outside the box in this potato salad contest.

The Challenge is a two-tiered competition that involves both competition BBQ teams (Competitor Series) at five (5) selected KCBS events in an ancillary category, and an online recipe submission (Consumer Series) that will allow anyone in America to participate. Contestants can register online at www.AmericasBestPotatoSalad.com or at event in location specified by event direction.

What constitutes potato salad? Cooked potatoes, cold or warm, dressing/sauce base, and any other ingredients you would like to add!

2014 Rules and Regulations:
Competitor Series

KCBS COMPETITION REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITOR SERIES CONTEST. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (“D.C.”) WHO ARE 21YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

  1. Eligibility: The Reser's® America's Best Potato Salad Challenge (the "Contest") is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (and at least 21) and registered participants ("Competitor") in at least one (1) of the Kansas City Barbeque Society ("KCBS") sanctioned barbeque competition events. Participation in the Contest is subject to the KCBS Events barbeque competition rules and judging process(es) (collectively, the "KCBS Competition Rules") as defined by KCBS for each of the five (5) regional KCBS events encompassed by this Contest (each a "Regional Event"). Specific start and end times for each Regional Event will be as published by KCBS.
  2. Sponsor and its Agents: This Contest is sponsored by Reser's Fine Foods® ("Sponsor") with onsite administration by Sponsor and certain agents of KCBS and/or MMA Creative, Inc., (collectively, "Sponsor and its Agents"). This Contest is void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
  3. Agreement to these Official Rules: Entrants accept and agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, KCBS Competition Rules, which are incorporated herein by reference and the decisions of Sponsor and/or its Agents and WFC rules for Reser's ABPSC Championship.
  4. Entry: Enter with your KCBS entry form at each event in designated sign up area or online at www.kcbs.us/potatosalad.
    • Potato Salad entries must be registered as required in the Competitor Series Team Rules below.
    • Entry must be submitted in a standard turn-in box issued by KCBS contests representatives at each participating event.
    • Standard KCBS Garnish rules apply.
    • No foreign objects, containers, sauce, or any other items are allowed inside the turn-in box.
    • Each entry will be judged on its own merits. Judging will be done following KCBS judging procedures.
    • Entry will be scored on appearance, taste, and originality. (Originality replaces the tenderness score in this category)
    • Entry must contain enough potato salad for at least six judging samples.
    • Judges will use spoons to take sample out of the entry box and will use spoons to taste samples.
    • Turn-in times will be at the discretion of the event organizer.
    • All winning participants will be required to submit a written recipe on designated recipe card for their wining entry prior to any prize money being distributed. Recipes become property of Reser's Fine Foods®. Reser's Fine Foods® will have the right to utilize recipe likeness, recipes or names in future promotions/advertising.
    • Standard food safety guidelines will be followed. Potato salad entries submitted as a cold salad should be 40 degrees or below. Potato salad entries submitted as a hot salad should be 140 degrees or above.
    • Participants are limited to one entry per registered team for each event.
    • All 2013 first place winners in the Competitor Series that advanced to the Championship may enter the 2014 contest but are not permitted to submit their winning recipe from 2013.
  5. Prizes; Winner Selection: Prize money is given to the top two places at each contest in the Competitor Series and the top ten overall finishers at the conclusion of the contest. At each KCBS sanctioned event, two winners will receive cash prizes (1st place - $750; 2nd place - $250). The five 1st place finishers at each competitor series event automatically advance to the Championship Event to compete against the top ten finishers of the Consumer Series. They will receive a $1000 travel stipend to attend the Championship. The five overall winners at the Championship Event will receive cash prizes (1st place - $5,000; 2nd place - $2,500; 3rd place - $1,500; 4th place - $750; 5th place - $250) at the final Championship. (Reser's Fine Foods® has the right to post team names, pictures, recipes and anything associated with the Contest on Facebook, KCBS, Resers.com, Reser's Blog, Twitter, AmericasBestPotatoSalad.com, Press Releases to the media, etc.)
  6. General Conditions; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS, FACEBOOK AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDARIES AND ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES (COLLECTIVELY, "RELEASED PARTIES") ARE NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, LOSS OR INJURY RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST BY ANY PARTICIPANT OR FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING, LOSS, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN THIS CONTEST, OR FOR THE TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY REGIONAL EVENT, OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY. BY ENTERING, PARTICIPANT ASSUMES SOLE LIABILITY FOR INJURIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURIES AND/OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, CAUSED OR CLAIMED TO BE CAUSED BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING, LOSS, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN THIS CONTEST, OR FOR THE TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY REGIONAL EVENT, OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY. SPONSOR HAS THE RIGHT TO CANCEL, TERMINATE OR MODIFY THIS CONTEST IF IT CANNOT BE COMPLETED AS PLANNED DUE TO COMPUTER VIRUS, BUGS, TAMPERING, UNAUTHORIZED INTERVENTION, TECHNICAL FAILURES, OR OTHER CONDITIONS. RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE TO CONTACT ENTRANTS, WHETHER DUE TO TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR.
  7. Use of Personal Information: In the course of this Contest, Sponsor and/or its Agents will be collecting personal information about Entrants, in accordance with applicable laws and their respective privacy policies. By entering and participating in this Contest, each Entrant accepts and agrees to Sponsor and/or its Agents' collection and use of their personal information and to be contacted by Sponsor and/or its Agents by email, mail and/or telephone regarding this Contest subject to the KCBS privacy policy located at http://www.kcbs.us/privacy.php.
  8. Sponsor: This Contest is sponsored by Reser's Fine Foods®, 15570 SW Jenkins Rd Beaverton OR 97006. © 2014 Reser's Fine Foods. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Competitor Series Rules Overview

  1. Entry must be submitted in a standard turn-in box issued by KCBS contests representatives at each participating event.
  2. Standard KCBS Garnish rules apply.
  3. No foreign objects, containers, sauce, or any other items are allowed inside the turn-in box.
  4. Each entry will be judged on its own merits. Judging will be done following KCBS judging procedures.
  5. Entry will be scored on appearance, taste, and originality. (Originality replaces the tenderness score in this category)
  6. Entry must contain enough potato salad for at least six judging samples.
  7. Judges will use spoons to take sample out of the entry box and will use spoons to taste samples.
  8. Turn-in times will be at the discretion of the event organizer.
  9. All winning participants will be required to submit a written recipe for their winning entry prior to any prize money being distributed.
  10. Standard food safety guidelines will be followed. Potato salad entries submitted as a cold salad should be 40 degrees or below. Potato salad entries submitted as a hot salad should be 140 degrees or above.
  11. Participants are limited to one entry per registered team for each event.

2014 Rules and Regulations:
Consumer Series

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (“D.C.”) WHO ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

  1. Eligibility: The Reser's® America's Best Potato Salad Challenge (the "Contest") is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (and at least 21) and registered participants ("Competitor"). Participation in the Contest is subject to Reser's Fine Foods® rules and judging process(es) (collectively, the "Reser's Fine Foods® Consumer Series Rules").
  2. Timing: Specific start and end times for the Consumer Series will be as published by Reser's Fine Foods® at www.AmericasBestPotatoSalad.com.
  3. Sponsor and its Agents: This Contest is sponsored by Reser's Fine Foods® ("Sponsor"). This Contest is void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
  4. Agreement to these Official Rules: Entrants accept and agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules for Reser's America's Best Potato Salad Consumer Series, which are incorporated herein by reference and the decisions of Sponsor.
  5. Entry: Each contestant will enter the Consumer Series Challenge at www.AmericasBestPotatoSalad.com.
    • Each contestant must submit full recipe, a photo of the prepared recipe, and cooking instructions to Reser's Fine Foods®. Recipes and photos become property of Reser's Fine Foods®. Reser's Fine Foods® will have the right to utilize recipe and photos likeness, recipes, photos or names in future promotions/advertising;
    • Only original recipes (not previously published) may be entered;
    • The Recipe does not contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) without permission;
    • Entry must be submitted as instructed at www.AmericasBestPotatoSalad.com;
    • Each entry will be judged on its own merits. Judging will be conducted in Reser's Fine Foods® test kitchens by Reser's Chefs and other personnel.
    • All 2013 winners in the Consumer Series that advanced to the Championship may enter the 2014 contest but are not permitted to submit their winning recipe from 2013.
    • Entry will be scored on appearance, taste, and originality.
    • The entry recipe must contain a potato salad serving size for at least six judging samples;
    • Entrant will hold harmless Sponsor and its officers, directors, employees, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, from any claim by any third party relating to any rights in the Recipe;
    • Participants are limited to one entry.
  6. Recipe Submission: All Entrants must submit an original potato salad recipe. All Entrants will be required to sign a waiver verifying that their potato salad recipe is original. Any recipes found that are not original will be disqualified from the Contest and ineligible for prize money.
  7. Judging Process: A panel of Reser's Fine Foods® judges will review the recipe submissions and then select the top recipe candidates to prepare, taste and evaluate. They will evaluate each recipe based on the following criteria: appearance, taste, and originality.
  8. Prizes; Winner Selection: At the conclusion of the Consumer Series contest period, the ten (10) winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000 prize dollars and a $1,000 travel stipend. The top ten (10) finishers of the Consumer Series will also automatically advance to the Championship Event to compete against the top five (5) finishers of the Competitor Series. The five (5) overall winners at the Championship Event will receive cash prizes (1st place - $5,000; 2nd place - $2,500; 3rd place - $1,500; 4th place - $750; 5th place - $250) at the final Championship. In the event that a Consumer Series contest winner is unable or unwilling to travel to the Championship event, s/he will retain the $1,000 in prize dollars but forfeit the $1,000 travel stipend. Reser's Fine Foods retains the right to designate alternate(s) to compete at the Championship event. (Reser's Fine Foods® has the right to post team names, pictures, recipes and anything associated with the Contest on Facebook, KCBS, Resers.com, Reser's Blog, Twitter, www.AmericasBestPotatoSalad.com, Press Releases to the media, etc.) Regardless of the number of persons comprising a winning team or Entrant, only one (1) prize will be delivered to the Team Contact on behalf of his/her team members and it will be the sole responsibility of the Team Contact to distribute prizes equally among his/her team members. Sponsor shall not be in any way responsible for equal distribution of prize money among team members.
  9. Winner Notification: Potential winners will be notified following the conclusion of the Consumer Series contest period.  Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of Entrants. Potential winners are subject to verification, including verification of age. If a Potential Winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, or if prize notification or any prize is returned as undeliverable, the Potential Winner will be disqualified. In the event that a Potential Winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to an alternate Entrant with the next highest score or number of votes, even if the disqualified Potential Winner’s name may have been publicly announced. Winners may be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and, where lawful, a Publicity Release, within 14 days of attempted notification or prize may be forfeited. Prizes awarded to a Team Contact who is a minor in his/her state of residence will be awarded to minor’s parent or legal guardian who must sign and return all required documents.
  10. General Conditions; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS, FACEBOOK AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDARIES AND ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES (COLLECTIVELY, "RELEASED PARTIES") ARE NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, LOSS OR INJURY RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST BY ANY PARTICIPANT OR FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING, LOSS, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN THIS CONTEST, OR FOR THE TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY REGIONAL EVENT, OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY. BY ENTERING, PARTICIPANT ASSUMES SOLE LIABILITY FOR INJURIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURIES AND/OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, CAUSED OR CLAIMED TO BE CAUSED BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING, LOSS, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN THIS CONTEST, OR FOR THE TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY REGIONAL EVENT, OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY. SPONSOR HAS THE RIGHT TO CANCEL, TERMINATE OR MODIFY THIS CONTEST IF IT CANNOT BE COMPLETED AS PLANNED DUE TO COMPUTER VIRUS, BUGS, TAMPERING, UNAUTHORIZED INTERVENTION, TECHNICAL FAILURES, OR OTHER CONDITIONS. RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE TO CONTACT ENTRANTS, WHETHER DUE TO TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR.
  11. Use of Personal Information: In the course of this Contest, Sponsor and/or its Agents will be collecting personal information about Entrants, in accordance with applicable laws and their respective privacy policies. By entering and participating in this Contest, each Entrant accepts and agrees to Sponsor and/or its Agents' collection and use of their personal information and to be contacted by Sponsor and/or its Agents by email, mail and/or telephone regarding this Contest subject to the Reser’s Privacy Policy located online at www.resers.com/privacy-policy.
  12. Sponsor: This Contest is sponsored by Reser's Fine Foods®, 15570 SW Jenkins Rd Beaverton, OR 97006. © 2014 Reser's Fine Foods. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Consumer Series Rules Overview

  1. A full recipe with full cooking instructions along with a photo of the prepared recipe must be submitted in online entry;
  2. Only original recipes (not previously published) may be entered;
  3. The Recipe does not contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) without permission;
  4. Each entry will be judged on its own merits;
  5. Entry will be scored on appearance, taste, and originality;
  6. The entry recipe must contain a potato salad serving size for at least six judging samples;
  7. Entrant will hold harmless Sponsor and its officers, directors, employees, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, from any claim by any third party relating to any rights in the Recipe;
  8. Participants are limited to one entry.

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