Happy Labor Day, Martin’s fans! We hope you’re enjoying a nice long weekend grilling up burgers and hot dogs on Martin’s buns, sipping on lemonade, and soaking up the last bit of summer.
Here at Martin’s headquarters we’ve been reflecting on the past few months and let us tell you…it’s been jam-packed with excitement!
We know it hasn’t been a “normal” summer by any means, but we have plenty of fond memories of delicious foods we tried, fun summer activities we planned, and—of course—all the lucky WINNERS of our Summer Fun Season Sweepstakes!
Martin’s Summer Fun Season Recap
Back at the start of summer, we invited you to join us all season long to celebrate the many scenes (and tastes) of summer! Every two weeks we held a unique sweepstakes with a themed prize to help you celebrate the best that summer has to offer. In addition, we shared with you creative recipes and timely resources for each summer theme (find a recap on these below). And what a fun summer it was! We hope you all have enjoyed it as much as we have.
Congratulations to all of our Summer Fun winners and thank you to everyone who participated!
Grand Prize Winners:
- Joe I. from Maine won a conversation patio set.
- Jennifer S. from Illinois won an outdoor griddle.
- Lori H. from Pennsylvania won a kayak voucher to use for the kayak of her choice.
- Tina B. from Maryland won a fishing gear set complete with an adult fishing rod, a kid’s fishing set, and a tackle box set.
- Cynthia D. from Ohio won an “America the Beautiful” parks pass, a $100 Visa gift card, a Martin’s roadside assistance kit, and a Martin’s cooler.
- Mary M. from Kansas won 4 tickets to Hershey Park, along with a complimentary parking pass.
- Doug G. from Kansas won a camping set complete with two pie irons, two hot dog sticks, an adjustable grill, two folding chairs, a folding table, and a Martin’s camping kit.
- TBD won an outdoor gas fire pit and $50 Visa gift card for propane.
That’s right—there’s still a chance to win our 8th and final sweepstakes prize of an outdoor fire pit!
But hurry, you only have until tomorrow, 9/8 @ 8:59 am!
Best of: Martin’s Summer 2020
In case you missed out on any of our fun content this summer, here is a recap of our favorite moments from Summer 2020, from the beginning of May all the way through today—Labor Day!
(P.S., Keep your eye out for all the great resource links, blog posts, and delicious recipes!)
Summer Bucket List
We kicked off Summer with 160+ Summer Fun Bucket List Ideas
on our blog to get you excited to start planning all the activities you wanted to accomplish this summer. We hope you were able to mark all the items off your list! But, if not, it’s never too late to start. Below are links to a pre-filled summer bucket list with suggested activities, as well as a blank one so you can choose your own ideas.
Download or print out the PDF to continue filling out your year-end goals, or save it for next summer!
Next up, we celebrated our moms with a Mother’s Day Memories blog post reminiscing on some of our team members’ cherished moments with the motherly figures in their lives. We also shared with you some of our favorite mom-worthy recipes on our Summer Fun landing page, from tartlets to tea sandwiches.
Start of Grilling Season
Not only is May National Burger Month AND National Barbecue Month, but its second key holiday, Memorial Day, marks the “unofficial” first day of summer! We took advantage of the warming weather to share with you fun summer content like our Burger Personality Quiz which matches burger recipes to popular summer destinations.
Below are a few of our favorite grilling recipes!
In addition, our Ultimate BBQ Brisket Sandwich blog (with accompanying infographic) brought together all the best qualities of great barbecue into one delicious recipe!
Resource #2: BBQ Infographic
In honor of Father’s Day we pulled together 24 Things Dads Say—a list of dad jokes, fatherly advice, and inspiring ways our dads share their love with us.
Meanwhile on our Summer Fun landing page, we listed a few dad-worthy recipes and resources to pair with our sweepstakes themes of fishing and kayaking (see below)—two activities many dads tend to enjoy!
Summer Water Sports (Fishing & Kayaking)
Since fishing is a favorite summer pastime for many, we gathered some Fishing 101 Tips and Resources on our blog for beginners and experts alike, and also created a few new delicious recipes to make using your fresh catch! Accompanying these were two resource guides for fishing and kayaking, to ensure you had everything you needed for your next trip to the lake.
Resource #3: Fishing Scavenger Hunt
Resource #4: Kayaking Packing List
July was National Picnic Month—the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors. To assist with your outdoor dining efforts, we gave you some advice on How to Host a Worry-Free Picnic including tips for keeping the bugs away, staying cool, and ensuring a mess-free set up (plus some great recipe suggestions)!
Other picnic-perfect topics we covered on our blog were Corn Recipes and Summer Food and Drink Pairings—each bringing you refreshing meal ideas perfect for the mid-summer heat. Below are some of our top July recipes.
Road Trip Destinations
To supplement our two July Sweepstakes prizes of a Road Trip Prize Pack and Hershey Park tickets, we assembled an extensive list of —for all 50 states! This list included a variety of attractions, from national parks and forests to theme parks, museums, and historic sites.
In addition, we provided you with the below resources to help you prepare for your summer travels, whether that be a cross-country adventure, or a day trip to the amusement park.
Resource #5: Road Trip Bingo
Resource #6: Amusement Park Packing List
For the final full month of summer, we equipped you with several resources and brand new recipes to make the most of your next camping trip—another popular pastime, particularly during the cooler days of summer leading into fall. Missed out? Our Campfire Cooking blog has everything you need!
Resource #7: Camping Checkoff
Resource #8: Camp Cooking List
End of Summer / Labor Day
Sadly, we’ve arrived at the end—with Labor Day being the “unofficial” last day of summer. But don’t let the fun stop there! Keep following along with our weekly blog and monthly email newsletter for all the recipes and resources you need to transition into fall (and believe us—you don’t want to miss out on ideas for homegating/tailgating, favorite fall flavors, or holiday party planning!)
And don’t forget—there’s still one last day to enter Martin’s Summer Fun Season Sweepstakes for a chance to win an outdoor fire pit, a must-have backyard accessory for those chilly fall evenings!
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