More Than $1500 to be Awarded to Culinary Contest Winners in Annual Contest

Published online: Sep 15, 2009
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This year, those cooking for the holidays may get a little help in the form of a grocery gift card, from the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA).
Starting September 9, 2009, contestants may submit their favorite potato recipe for the holidays at for the chance to win one of three top prizes-gift cards from the grocer of their choice-courtesy of the WPVGA. The top prize is a $150 gift card, with second and third prize gift cards valued at $100 and $50 respectively. 
The Holiday Celebrations promotion is the first in a series of five seasonal recipe contests sponsored by WPVGA in 2009 and 2010. Future contests will seek potato recipes for Football Parties, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and Summer Entertaining. Contestants will submit recipes on-line, with the top three recipes featured on during the respective seasons. 
Ranked third in the nation for potato production, Wisconsin harvested 2.3 billion pounds of potatoes in 2008, generating over $300 million in product dollars for farmers and shippers.  Agribusiness in Wisconsin generated $51.5 billion in economic activity and provided jobs for 420,000 people - about one out of every eight residents works in a job related to farming.