For those of you who hadn't noticed yet.... The Spot the Barrel competition closing date has been postponed from the 31st of March to the 14th August 2008. This means that you only have 69 days left to decide if you want to become a prize winner or not and support many local Islay charities. Allison MacAffer sent me the following press release:
A UNIQUE, ONE OFF EVENT. A WHISKY BARREL WILL BE DROPPED FROM A PARACHUTE In this exciting and unique competition, a whisky barrel is going to be dropped from a parachute off the famous Malt Whisky Island of Islay. The person who picks the correct (or closest) co-ordinates could WIN up to Â£250,000!
This distinctive competition has been devised by two locals, Roland and Kathleen who wanted to create an interesting competition concluding in a fun and out of the ordinary event that all entrants could eyewitness at the finale with the potential to win amazing prizes. The competition is limited to 60,000 entries, with a Â£25 entry fee and closes on 14 August 2008. The first weather permitting day thereafter, the whisky barrel will be dropped into the designated 'drop zone'. Continue reading.....Itâ€™s fun and exciting to play. Each entrant can view on the web-site the map and the 'drop zone' where the plane will drop the barrel. Each entrant can then select their co-ordinates taking into account the plane speed and height of the drop. The person who has correctly (or closest) chosen the co-ordinates when the GPS records the barrel's position after being in the water for 5 minutes will win up to Â£250,000. There are also many other fabulous prizes to be won, to include many special whiskies. Also, many local charities will benefit from the total proceeds.
Roland has said "the whole event is already generating a lot of interest and itâ€™s going to be great fun. Further, holding the parachute drop after the competition closes ensures that every person has a genuine chance of winning the jackpot". The competition is supported by famous Islay & Jura malt distilleries, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Jura, Kilchoman and Laphroaig. The entry fee is only Â£25, in return every entrant will receive a transferable Â£25 discount voucher to stay at the new Islay hotel currently under construction on Islay.