On January 26, 1837 President Andrew Jackson signed a bill declaring Michigan the 26th state of the union. That means the Great Lakes State turns 175 next Thursday. That seemed like a pretty big milestone to us, and to celebrate, we’re throwing Michigan’s 175th Birthday Bash and giving out a week’s worth of prizes!!
The rules are simple: if your email address is on our email list (sign up below), you are entered to win. We’ll draw a name at random every day and let the winner pick want they want from our “grab bag.” Here’s what we have:
- Two tickets to the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids (January 26-29) (click to read more)
- Two tickets to see legendary Detroit alternative rockers Sponge and their “Rotting Pinata” Rewind Show at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens on January 28 (click for the details!)
- The History of Michigan Wines: 150 Years of Winemaking along the Great Lakes and From the Vine: Exploring Michigan Wineries, two books exploring the history and present day of the Michigan wine industry by Lorri Hathaway and Sharon Kegerreis of Delicious Michigan. (read more) These have been selected by Lissa Richardson
- Two tickets to the Taste the Passion wine tour celebrating wine, chocolate and love on the Leelanau Peninsula (February 4 & 5) – these have been won by Dawn Dodge! (read more)
- Two tickets to the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival with 40+ breweries, cideries, meaderies and wineries and great live music (February 11) – these have been chosen by Tracy Miller, Executive Director of the Japan America Society of West Michigan!
- Two tickets to the Romancing the Riesling wine tour on the Old Mission Peninsula featuring some of the top-notch Rieslings of Northern Michigan with wine & food pairings and deals on wine purchases (February 18) (read more) These have been picked by Jessica Kelley of hippsylake.com
- A skateboard deck from Yooper Steez (click to read more!)
- …and just in from The Henry Fordin Dearborn, 2 tickets to the museum to see Driving America, the brand-new 80,000 sq ft automotive experience with 130 vehicles, interactive displays and more than 60 cases of artifacts! These have been selected by Sue Trussell
We’re not the only ones celebrating this momentous occasion. The Michigan Historical Center in Lansing will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Michigan Statehood on Saturday, January 28th. The celebration starts at 11 AM with birthday cake for the first 100 people through the door, Michigan’s first constitution on display along with a digital copy that visitors can page through on an iPad. and a concert by singer/songwriter Joel Mabus which will include some Michigan songs, and Michigan inventions and re-inventions from birch bark canoes to Vernors soda will be highlighted.
The folks over at Buy Michigan Now have called for everyone to make social media shout-outs about great things about Michigan the week of January 22-28 (and especially on Jan 26th). Be sure to include the word MICHIGAN somewhere in your message and on Twitter use the hashtag #Mich175.