We actually received an email from the Guest Relations people from Marlboro about one and a half weeks ago saying that I won a trip for two to the Marlboro Ranch in Montana this summer! I was supposed to call them back to book my space for the trip. Marlboro randomly picks winners from sweepstakes that they run through out the year, selecting 50 winners (each winner is allowed to bring a guest) for a 4 days 3 nights fully paid adventure of a lifetime. This includes return air tickets, accommodation at the Ranch, food and drinks, a check for $1,250 and a host of other freebies (I saw online from people who went for the trip last year that they got free travelling luggage, cowboy hats, jackets, watches, digital cameras...a whole lot of stuff). Boy! we are so excited. Anyway, after calling them back, they said that they will send us a pack containing our pre trip documents and that we should complete the paperwork and send it back to them within 7 days.
In the Pre-Trip Documents pack that we received yesterday, there was a cover note congratulating us and telling us about the activities available at the ranch. Looks like we would have an opportunity to take part in activities such as horseback riding, zip lining, fly fishing, mountain biking, off roading, hiking, hay rides, hot stone massages, cattle drives, clay shooting, ranch back country tours and a whole lot more. They even have day trips to Yellowstone National Park if we choose to go! Night activities includes bonfires, live entertainment, karaoke and lots of line and square dancing! Wow! Looks like it's a cowboy style Club Med :P How cool is that?
Before the fun begins, there are tons of paperwork to go through. We read carefully through everything to make sure that there is no catch. Looks like everything is under control. We are supposed to complete the paperwork, send it back to them and they will run a background check on us. I guess they have to run background checks to make sure that we are not stuck in the middle of the mountains with some wanted murderer! Once they are done with the background checks, they will send us our trip dates and travel arrangements.
Inside the pack also contained two envelopes, one for me (the invitee) and another for Kevin (the guest). We needed to complete this whole bunch of forms, stuff like the publicity release forms, release and waiver of liability forms, medical release and information forms, photocopies of our drivers license/state id and a whole other lot. We also had to bring the affidavit of eligibility/prize acceptance form as well as the motor vehicle record authorization form to the public notary to get it notarized. Phewww, so many forms!
We managed to get them all done early this morning and here are the two envelopes ready for mailing!
Marlboro also enclosed a pre-paid, pre-addressed FedEx airbill and envelope for us in the pack. All we needed to do was put everything back into the envelope, complete the airbill, seal and call FedEx for pick up. I called around 9:30am in the morning and the FedEx guy showed up at around 3pm to collect the envelope. Not too bad, everything was completed and done in less than 24 hours. In fact, the last time I tracked the envelope online, it was already in transit and will be delivered before 3pm tomorrow! Well, I guess now I'll just have to sit back and wait for them to send us our travel dates and travel arrangements. Ohhhh, this is so exciting, I can't wait!
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