Updated: Oct. 2, 2015
The Missouri Division of Tourism has announced its winners in the Missouri Road Trip 2015 Sweepstakes.
During the summer, the Missouri Division of Tourism partnered with the Missouri Press Foundation’s Newspapers in Education program for a special series entitled Missouri Road Trip 2015: Every Hero Has a Story.
From May-August 2015, Missouri newspapers had 11 special features focusing on Missourians such as Walt Disney, Scott Joplin and Harry Truman, and the Missouri-based attractions and communities to which they have a connection.
Each weekly newspaper feature included a special code needed to enter the Missouri Road Trip sweepstakes and the chance to win a $50 gas card. The grand prize is a trip across Missouri Highway 36 – The Way of American Genius.
The goal of the project was to engage readers in stories about locations of significant historical value within Missouri and to encourage families to learn more about them, ideally by visiting them throughout the summer.
In addition to the well-known folks we covered, newspaper readers learned about Olympic runner “The Fulton Flash,” the artist who created the Kewpie Doll, the woman who brought kindergarten from Germany to St. Louis, and the Betsy Ross of Missouri who created our state flag.
In all, 61 Missouri newspapers published Missouri Road Trip 2015 features.
Here's the list of winners for the Missouri Road Trip 2015 sweepstakes:
• Alison Francis of Washington, Mo.
• Amy Pederson of Naples, Fla.
• Kim LaBoube of Leslie, Mo.
• Youn-Joo Park of Columbia, Mo.
• Kefe Durham of Columbia, Mo.
• Peggy Martin of St. Joseph, Mo.
• Mark Jurgensmeyer of Jefferson City, Mo.
• Brenda McFadden of Liberty, Mo.
• Linda Jarrett of Carl Junction, Mo.
• Lynn Oltman of Beatrice, Neb.
• Jammie Hogan of St. Clair, Mo.
Jurgensmeyer also was drawn for the grand prize; three $50 gas card and trip on Highway 36!
Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!
Original story from May 1, 2015 (Please note, the sweepstakes period has ended; you can no longer enter)
During the summer months (May-August 2015) watch for this series of 11 special features to appear in participating newspapers statewide.
The features focus on Missourians such as Walt Disney, Scott Joplin and Harry Truman, and the Missouri-based attractions and communities to which they have a connection.
Each weekly newspaper feature includes a special code that allows you to enter the Missouri Road Trip sweepstakes and the chance to win a $50 gas card. At the end of the program the grand prize, a trip across Missouri Highway 36 – The Way of American Genius, will be awarded.
Additionally, anyone who visits the sights and communities associated with one of the featured Missouri heroes is encourage to post photos from their travels on Twitter, using #MoRoadTrip15.
The Twitter team @VisitMO will select a fan of the week each week and share their photo on our social media outlets.
Participating newspapers may publish Missouri Road Trip 2015: Every Hero Has a Story between May 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.
If your local newspaper does not participate, and you would like to enter the sweepstakes, request a list of the weekly codes by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Missouri Road Trip 2015, 802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201.
Official rules for the sweepstakes are available here.