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2013 Smithfield® Rib Super Series Official Rules

KCBS COMPETITION REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

  1. Eligibility. The Smithfield® Rib Super Series tour (the "Contest") is open only to legal adult residents of the 50 United States and registered participants ("Competitor") in at least one (1) of the Kansas City Barbeque Society ("KCBS") sanctioned barbeque competition events (as outlined below in these official rules) in the 2013 Smithfield® Rib Super Series (collectively, the "SRSS Tour") at the time of entry (each such person, together with members of their respective competition team, shall collectively hereafter be an "Entrant"). Participation in the Contest is subject to the 2013 SRSS Tour barbeque competition rules and winner judging process(es) (collectively, the "KCBS Competition Rules") as defined by the KCBS for each of the Twelve (12) KCBS events (each an "Event") as described in the schedule further below (the "Event Schedule"), and otherwise meet the criteria specified in these Rules. Specific start and end times for each Event in the KCBS Tour will be as published by KCBS.

  2. Sponsor and its Agents: This Contest is sponsored by Smithfield® Packing Company ("Sponsor") with onsite administration by Sponsor and certain agents of the Kansas City Barbeque Society 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, the KCBS Competition Rules, which are incorporated herein by reference and the decisions of Sponsor and/or its Agents (the "Judge" of the Contest). Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  4. Timing: The Contest starts on March 22, 2013, at 12:00 a.m. EST with the first Event listed on the Event Schedule and ends on November 23, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST with the presentation of the Smithfield® Grand Champion prize money to the top 3 finishers in the Rib category at the annual KCBS Banquet (the "Contest Period"). Any points accumulated by Competitors in other KCBS sponsored events not listed below in the "Event Schedule" shall not be considered for the purposes of awarding a prize in this Contest.

  5. Entry: To enter this Contest, each team will need to register with the individual event that is associated with the SRSS Tour (see schedule below). Futhermore, a team must register at least three weeks prior to each SRSS Tour event via the KCBS website. The team will receive an SRSS confirmation code from the online system, and when arriving at the actual event, present that code to the event director or promoter of that event. This will enable the team to receive two racks of Smithfield® spareribs to use, experiment or compete with at the SRSS event. Teams that have not registered three weeks prior to the event will not be guaranteed rib products as they will be distributed in the order of registrations received.

    Limit: Entrants may enter one (1) or more of the SRSS events; however only one (1) entry will be accepted per Entrant, per Event. Sponsor and its Agents, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to disqualify any person who violates these Official Rules.

  6. Contest Format; Scoring System: At the conclusion of each SRSS Event, KCBS officials will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place finishers ("Competition Winners") in the rib category. All Competition Winners will be selected under the auspices of the KCBS judging process, which is final and binding in all matters relating to the SRSS Tour. For purposes of this Contest, once Competition Winners have been determined by KCBS officials, MMA Creative will allocate points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for the Smithfield® Rib Super Series based on the scoring system outlined in the table below.

    Smithfield® Rib Super Series Event Points
    Presented after each event:
    1st Place 30 points
    2nd Place 20 points
    3rd Place 15 points
    Participation 5 points

    Entrants' point standings will be recorded and announced onsite at the conclusion of each SRSS Event and an official running tally of Entrants' points will be published on the KCBS website.

    If an Entrant is disqualified at any level, any time and for any reason by KCBS officials from participation in a SRSS Tour Event, the Entrant will likewise be automatically disqualified from further participation in this series. If the Entrant is one who previously competed in a Tour Event and was allocated points in this Contest, then the Entrant's accumulated points (up to the time of disqualification) will remain in the official Contest point tally and the Entrant will still be eligible for prize consideration.

    By entering, each Entrant acknowledges that Sponsor's administration of this Contest, and awarding of all prizes, is wholly dependent upon KCBS officials' independent and timely administration of all SRSS activities, including determination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners.

    By entering, each Entrant further acknowledges that, apart from its reliance on the SRSS Tour officials to identify winners at each of the Events for purposes of Sponsor's apportioning of points to Entrants and ultimate selection of winners in this Contest, Sponsor has no control in the outcomes, or responsibility for cancellations of SRSS Tour events. In the event of a cancellation by KCBS of an event identified with or on the SRSS Tour, that particular Event, and all corresponding Entries and potential prizes, are voided for purposes of this Contest.

    Regardless of whether an Entrant participates in one or more of the SRSS Events, all points will be apportioned and potential winners determined based on an Entrant's cumulative point standing as of the conclusion of a SRSS Tour and prizes awarded as described in section 8 below. All Entrants must follow Sponsor and/or its Agents' directions. All decisions and rulings of Sponsor and/or its Agents are final. Sponsor and or its Agents reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant from participation in this Contest at any level, any time and for any reason.

  7. Prizes; Winner Selection: There are twelve (12) Smithfield® Rib Super Series events, all of which will have local bonus money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishing teams in the Rib category. Points for performance and participation can be earned by teams at all 12 events as outlined in Item 6 above. At the end of the SRSS Tour, the top 3 teams with the most cumulative points at 4 of the SRSS events will be considered as the Overall Winners for the SRSS. Subject to the compliance with these Official Rules and verification of Entrant's cumulative point totals for any team's best four (4) finishes, prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of SRSS Tour as follows:

    At each of the twelve (12) Smithfield® Rib Super Series Events: At the conclusion of each SRSS Event, 1st Place in the rib category will receive a bonus check in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500 USD), 2nd Place in the rib category will receive a bonus check in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250 USD) and 3rd Place in the rib category will receive a bonus check in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100 USD) paid by each SRSS event promoter/director. MMA Creative will send each SRSS Event a check to cover this bonus prize money.

    Three (3) Smithfield® Grand Champion Prizes: At the conclusion of the twelfth and last SRSS Event, the top 3 teams will be determined by the highest cumulative point total from each team's best four (4) finishes at any of the twelve (12) SRSS Events. The Smithfield® SRSS Grand Champion will receive a check in the amount of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500 USD); 2nd Place will receive a check in the amount of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500 USD); and 3rd Place will receive a check in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000 USD). These checks will be awarded and presented at the 2014 KCBS Banquet.

    In the unlikely event of a tie for the SRSS Grand Champion prizes, the winner among the tying Entrants will be determined based on the Entrant with the most 1st Place wins in the rib category over the course of the 12 SRSS Events (inclusive). If after this process a tie still remains, then the winner among the tying Entrants will be determined based on the Entrant with the most 2nd Place wins in the rib category, and so on. This process will be repeated until an ultimate Smithfield® SRSS Grand Champion has been determined. If a tie still remains, then the winner will be decided based on the highest score received by the respective teams in the rib category for any event on the SRSS (highest possible score being 180). If a tie breaker remains, then the second highest score received in the rib category by the respective teams in any SRSS event will determine the winner, and so on, until an ultimate winner is decided.

    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.

    Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prize for cash or other goods and services is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of approximately equal or greater value if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. Only the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. All expenses not specified above, including, without limitation, gratuities, unspecified expenses and all applicable federal, state and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the individual winners/teams. Winners/teams assume all liability for use of the prize.

  8. Winner Notification: Potential winners will be notified onsite following the conclusion of the day's Event activities. MMA Creative & KCBS will notify the overall SRSS winners prior to the 2014 KCBS Banquet.

  9. Right to Use Participant Name and Likeness: By entering this Contest, each Participant agrees to the posting and use of his or her name, hometown and/or photograph on Sponsor's and/or its Agents' websites, and in any and all media in and in connection with promotion, publicity and advertising for Smithfield®, this Contest, or other promotions by Sponsor without any further attribution, notification or compensation, except where prohibited by law.

    Sponsor and/or its Agents may film, record and/or take photographs during any SRSS Event, and may use the resulting footage, recordings or photographs for a range of purposes, including, without limitation, for marketing and promoting Sponsor and/or its Agents' products and services. By attending the Event, each Participant authorizes Sponsor and its Agents to film, record and/or photograph his or her voice and likeness ("Image"), and also grants Sponsor and its Agents the irrevocable right to use any footage, recordings or photographs of him or her recorded or taken during any Event, or any reproduction or modification thereof (collectively, the "Recordings") in any manner and medium throughout the world an unlimited number of times in perpetuity for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition or any other lawful purpose except where prohibited by law. By attending the Event, except where prohibited by law, each Participant further waives any right of inspection or approval of the uses to which Sponsor may put the Recordings, and releases Sponsor and its Agents from any and all claims arising out of or in connection with the Recordings, the Participant's Image or Sponsor's and/or its Agents' use thereof. The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States, and all claims must be resolved in the United States.

  10. General Conditions; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS 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 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 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 BEYOND SPONSOR'S CONTROL. SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE TO CONTACT ENTRANTS, WHETHER DUE TO TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY INDIVIDUAL IT FINDS TO BE TAMPERING WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS OR THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST OR TO BE ACTING IN VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR IN AN UNSPORTSMANLIKE OR DISRUPTIVE MANNER. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. SPONSOR'S FAILURE TO ENFORCE ANY TERM OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF THAT PROVISION OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

  11. RELEASE. By entering, each Entrant forever and irrevocably releases and holds harmless Sponsor and its Agents and their parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective agents, advertising and promotion agencies, affiliates, Contest partners and prize suppliers, and all of their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, members, managers, representatives and agents from and against all claims, damages or liabilities arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from Entrant's participation and/or entry in the Contest and/or Entrant's award, receipt or use of any prize awarded in the Contest.

  12. Rules and List of Winners. For a copy of the rules, or a list of winners within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of the Contest, please send your request by mail with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Attn: Smithfield® Rib Super Series, Smithfield® Packing Company, 111 Commerce Street Smithfield, VA 23430

  13. Sponsor. This Contest is sponsored by Smithfield® Packing Company

    111 Commerce Street
    Smithfield, VA 23430

  14. Event Schedule:

    Name Date Location
    Best of the Basin Barbecue Championship 03/22/2013 - 03/23/2013 Midland, TX
    Pork In the Park 04/19/2013 - 04/20/2013 Salisbury, MD
    BBQ Capital Cook Off 04/26/2013 - 04/27/2013 Lexington, NC
    Chesapeake Jubilee BBQ Cook-Off 05/17/2013 - 05/18/2013 Chesapeake, VA
    Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival 06/14/2013 - 06/15/2013 Tryon, NC
    Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off 08/23/2013 - 08/24/2013 Amelia Island, FL
    Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival 08/23/2013 - 08/24/2013 Kennesaw, GA
    City of Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival 08/31/2013 - 09/01/2013 Bedford, TX
    Atlanta Bar-B-Que Festival 09/13/2013 - 09/14/2013 Atlanta, GA
    10th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival 10/26/2013 Ocean Springs, MS
    Hog Happnin' 11/01/2013 - 11/02/2013 Shelby, NC
    The National BBQ Cup 11/15/2013 - 11/16/2013 Cumming, GA
    Plant City Pig Jam 11/22/2013 - 11/23/2013 Plant City, FL

    Locations subject to change

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