First 1″ Snowfall Contest – 2020




Contest Date: November 3-December 31, 2020 (or the week before the first snowfall prediction*).

Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Johnson Oil Shell Express Lane Gas and Food Marts

Eligibility: Must be at least 16 years old. Limit ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. Contact information must be provided in order to be eligible to win. Open to residents living in Whiteside, Lee, Bureau, Henry, and Carroll counties in Illinois.  Contest excludes the immediate family of associates.

*The contest entries will be stopped once it appears with reasonable forecast confidence that the first snowfall is in the upcoming forecast (If before December 31, 2020) in order to keep fairness throughout the event. will announce the cutoff date in a reasonable amount of time but is ultimately the lone decider in when the cutoff date will be.

Entry instructions: Think you can correctly predict when we will see our first measurable snowfall (1” or greater?). Enter your selected date between November 3 and December 31, 2020 (or the week before the first snowfall prediction*, whichever comes first) online on our Facebook page OR at and be entered into a drawing for a $50 gas gift card. Entries MUST be submitted electronically. Each person will only be allowed ONE entry. If entering on Facebook or, the FIRST DATE submitted for each user will be used if multiple dates are submitted.

Winner Selection: Winner will be chosen based on date picked when the first ONE INCH or more of snowfall is measured at 703 3rd Ave, Sterling, IL. In the event that it is a multi-day event, (ex: .50” falls after 11:30 pm on a Monday and 1.0” falls after 12:00 am Tuesday, the Tuesday date is selected as the winner). In the event that multiple people select the winning date, a random drawing will occur between this group of people in which a total of $50 will be awarded. Only ONE winner will be selected.

Winner Notification: Winners will be notified via Facebook, e-mail or phone and can choose to pick up their prize in person or have it sent via postal mail. Winners MUST be willing to have their name presented on and its outlets. Winners name may be used for future publicity purposes without further compensation.

Odds of Winning: Odds are based on the number of entries received.

Sponsor: Johnson Oil

Winners are not permitted to participate in any other contests for for a period of 90 days. is not responsible for lost or stolen prize gift cards.

We reserve the right to terminate the contest or change the rules at any time without notification.

***Entries are no longer being accepted for this contest. Please check back for our next contest soon!