2016 Video Contest Details

All of us at Smoky Lake Maple Products want to say THANK YOU. Over the last several years, many of you have taken the time out of your busy day to email us great photos from your maple season and to share your success stories with us. As a token of our thanks, we’ve decided to GIVE AWAY some of our most popular equipment to our biggest supporters.

All you need to do is submit a short video that shows why you love Smoky Lake Maple Products. (See “How to submit a video” below.) We’ll be announcing one (1) winner on our Facebook and YouTube pages every Thursday evening until Thursday, April 14th, 2016.

Prize Schedule:

  1. March 3: Smoky Lake T-Shirt and $30 Gift Certificate for SmokyLakeMaple.com (value $50)
    WINNER: Cory Dillner of Munster, Indiana. See Video.
  2. March 10: Smoky Lake T-Shirt and Gold Series Syrup Hydrometer (value $55)
    WINNER: Shilson Sugar Shack of Warner, New Hampshire. See Video.
  3. March 17 (POSTPONED TO MARCH 21): Smoky Lake T-Shirt and $40 Gift Certificate for SmokyLakeMaple.com (value $60)
    WINNER: Don Pecor, NE New York. See Video.
  4. March 24: Smoky Lake Baseball Cap and Hoodie (value $64)
    WINNER: Rob Scherper, Scherper Sugarbush. See Video.
  5. March 31: Smoky Lake Hoodie and $50 Gift Certificate for SmokyLakeMaple.com (value $86)
    WINNER: Alan Gast, Clintonville, Wisconsin. See Video.
  6. April 7: Murphy Compensation Cup with Gold Series Hydrometer (value $174)
    WINNER: The Braun Family, Germantown, Wisconsin. See Video.
  7. April 14: GRAND PRIZE Smoky Lake Complete Steam Bottler System. The winner may choose between a gas-fired or electric option. Prize includes 16×16 Pan, Maple Leaf Filter Tray, Cover, Steam Tray, Heat Source (gas burner or electric element), Tomlinson Valve, Valve Reducer, Dial Thermometer and Flat Filter Set. (value over $800)
    WINNER: The Rakowski Family, Rudolph, Wisconsin. See Video.

It IS possible for a participant/entry to win more than once. (For example, the March 3 winner is still eligible to win the grand prize on April 14). So enter early for your most opportunities to win a prize.

It is also possible for no prize to be awarded in a given week if there are no new or eligible videos submitted. In this scenario, the judges may choose to postpone awarding that week’s prize or skip that week altogether.

If Smoky Lake Maple Products chooses a winner, but that winner is then later proven to have been ineligible, Smoky Lake Maple Products reserves the right to revoke all benefits/rewards.

There is NO LIMIT to the number of videos you submit as long as the videos follow the Video Guidelines below. Submit as many videos as you wish.

For each winning video, Smoky Lake Maple Products will grant one prize according to the prize schedule above. Even if the video was made by more than one person, there is still one prize per winning video.


  1. Employees, dealers and vendors of Smoky Lake Maple Products and their immediate family members (parent, sibling, spouse or child) are NOT eligible to win.

How to Submit a Video:

(Video to come. See video guidelines below for written instruction.)

Video Guidelines:

  1. Keep videos 60 seconds or less
  2. Within the video, state your name and where you are from. This is the only way we will be able to verify whether or not it was really you who submitted a winning video.
  3. Must somehow show us why you love Smoky Lake.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube or Facebook. (I’m sorry we cannot upload your video for you. You will need a free YouTube or Facebook account and abide by the community guidelines of YouTube/Facebook.)
  5. Include the hashtag #SLMPcontest to your video’s description and/or on your Facebook post so we can find your video in a search. You are welcome to also share a link to your video on our Facebook page, but that is not mandatory.
  6. Share your video with family and friends. Ask them to vote for your video simply by watching, liking or sharing your video with others.
  7. Make sure your video is “Public”. If your video is set to “Private” we won’t be able to watch it.
  8. Everyone appearing in the video should be a willing participant. (Please do not videotape people against their will. We don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable.)
  9. You do NOT need fancy video equipment to make a video. Taking video with your phone is just fine. Don’t sweat it. Have fun.

How Winners Determined:

Employees of Smoky Lake Maple Products will be asked to pick their favorites on a weekly basis. From those favorites, the video which has received the most likes/views/shares will be the winner. The winning videos must abide by the Expanded Video Guidelines and entrants must meet all Eligibility requirements. Gender, race, religion and sexual orientation will NOT influence who is chosen as a winner.

A winning video will be shared each Thursday evening on Facebook.com/SmokyLakeMaple from March 3 to April 14, 2016. We will also announce the winners on this web page in the “Prize Schedule” section. These are the only ways we can contact you as a winner because we may not have your email, address or phone number. If you are announced as a winner, you must send us a private message on Facebook or email Angela at angela@smokylakemaple.com within two (2) weeks of the announcement to claim your prize. You will need to send us your first and last name, email address and mailing address. We may ask you a few quick questions to confirm you meet our eligibility requirements. Failing to communicate with us within the two (2) week time frame means you must forfeit your prize.

Video Ideas:

Need help getting started? Here are a few ways you could tell/show us why you like Smoky Lake Maple Products. You are NOT limited to these ideas. This list is merely a spring board for your imagination. The main objective is for you to have fun!

  1. Show your Smoky Lake Maple equipment in action.
  2. Sing a song about making maple syrup with your Smoky Lake equipment.
  3. Compare our equipment to our competitor’s equipment. What do you like better about ours?
  4. Were you impressed with our customer service? Share your experience.
  5. Do you have a Smoky Lake Auto Draw Off System? Tell us why Smoky Lake was your “perfect match”. (See an example of our advertisements in The Maple News.)
  6. How has the Murphy Compensation Cup made it easier for you to test density?

By submitting a video in this contest, you certify that all the individuals who appear in the video have approved of appearing in the video. Also, by entering this contest, you are giving us permission to share your video on our website, Facebook page and/or share your video/comments for promotional purposes.

By entering this promotion you agree to release and hold harmless Smoky Lake Maple Products, LLC and each of its respective employees, agents and affiliates from any and all liability for an injury, loss or damage arising from or in connection with any prize won.

No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited.

Smoky Lake Maple Products reserves the right to modify, clarify or otherwise update these rules at any time without notice.


We can’t wait to see your videos and hear your stories and feedback so submit a video today!

Thanks again!