2016 Miss Mint Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY
The 2016 Miss Mint 400 Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to women who are legal residents of the fifty (00) United States and the District of Columbia, eighteen (18) years of age and older as of February 11th, 2016. Void in New York, Florida, and Rhode Island, and U.S. territories and possessions (including Puerto Rico) and where prohibited. Former Miss Mint 400 winners, are not eligible to enter or win. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. U.S. law governs this Contest. Limit one entry per person.

COST TO ENTER
A non-refundable administrative fee of $25 (twenty-five) US-dollars is required to enter the Contest. Applicants will be required to make the entry fee payment prior to completing their application, via Paypal. Applicants may utilize their existing Paypal account, use a valid credit card, or create a new Paypal account during the application process. All sales are final. No refunds will be given for any reason. Applicants may utilize a credit card or Paypal account from friends or relatives, however The Mint 400 INC is not responsible for any illegal activity associated with this transaction, or technical issues arising from the creation or utilization of the Paypal payment service.

CONTEST PERIOD/PHASES

The Contest consists of three phases:

Entry Period/Public Voting
The entry period and public voting begin at 12:00 Noon PST on February 12th, 2016 and ends at 12 Noon PST on February 28th, 2016 (“Entry / Voting Period”).

Finalist Selection
The judging period to select six (6) finalists (“Finalists”) from all eligible applicants, starts on or about 12:00 Noon PST, February 28th, 2016, and ends on or about 12:00 Noon PST, March 3rd, 2016.

Grand Prize Winner Selection
The judging period to select the single grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”) from the six (6) Finalists will occur on or about March 10th, 2016. Finalists must be present, at the Miss Mint Contest finale, in Las Vegas Nevada to be considered for the Grand Prize.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION
The Contest is a contest of skill to market and model for The Mint 400 Race and Event. Entries must only be submitted via the online method described below. The pool of entries with the highest scores after initial judging is completed, (as determined by the judges in their sole discretion), must participate in a second judging round, which shall consist of a brief phone interview, after which six (6) applicants will be picked as Finalists. All six (6) Finalists are required to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, arriving no later than Wednesday, March 9th 11:00 AM PST to The Mint 400 host hotel; The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. A travel budget of $200 will be given to each of the six (6) Finalists on Thursday, March 10th at the conclusion of the Miss Mint Crowning Ceremony. Hotel accommodations will also be provided at no charge, (not including room incidentals) for all Finalists on Wednesday, March 9th through Sunday, March 13th. A major credit card is required for room incidentals at the time of check-in. The Golden Nugget checkout time is 11am. Finalists are responsible for all other expenses, including their own food and transportation.

The Finalists will be judged, in person, in a final round of judging on Thursday, March 10th and the Finalist with the highest score as determined by the judges (at their sole discretion) will be selected as the Grand Prize Winner, all subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Finalists and Grand Prize Winner will be required to comply with the additional requirements set forth by The Mint 400 once selected.

At the discretion of the judges, eligible entries received during the application period will be posted at www.themint400.com/missmint following submission, where they may be voted on by visitors to www.themint400.com/missmint. The Mint 400 reserves the right to refuse any application, for any reason, and no refund of the application fee shall be due to the applicant. Each person who enters the Contest fully and unconditionally agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and The Mint 400 INC, which shall be final and binding in all respects. All eligible entries received will be judged by a panel of judges based on the criteria set forth below.

HOW TO ENTER
To participate in the Contest, entrants must upload three (3) photos of themselves, one head shot, one full body shot, and one of their own choice. Photos must be in jpg, gif, or png format, and no larger than two megabytes (2MB). The photos must be no more than six (6) months old. The submitted photos must not be nude, obscene, lewd or offensive. Prior modeling work may include tasteful nudity (Playboy, Maxim, etc…) however this contest is not open to models who have starred in adult films or pornographic photo shoots, be they amateur or professional. (The depiction of, or actual sex acts.) All entrants will be fully vetted via Google search! To submit the photos, entrant must be a female who is a legal resident of the U.S., eighteen (18) years of age or older. Go to www.themint400.com/missmint, and upload the photo submission along with other identifying information (including name, age, occupation, address, email address, and phone number) during the Entry / Voting Period. The photos (“Entries”) must be received during the Entry / Voting Period to be eligible. Each Entry becomes the property of The Mint 400 INC. and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entries submitted in any other form, including via U.S. Mail or hand delivery will not be considered. Multiple entries will result in disqualification from the Contest.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION
Each entrant who enters this Contest represents and warrants to The Mint 400 INC as follows: (i) the photos depict the entrant; (ii) the entrant is not in any way prohibited from participating in this Contest or performing the obligations set forth in these Official Rules, including but not limited to being a party to any contract or agreement which in any way restricts entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest; (iii) the entrant has all rights necessary to submit the photos, and the photos neither infringe upon nor violate the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; and (iv) the photos do not and will not violate any applicable laws, and are not and will not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Entrants understand that their photos may be posted to a website for public viewing/voting and each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold The Mint 400 INC, Polaris Industries, BFGoodrich Tires, and any/all Mint 400 employees, staff, and volunteers harmless from and against any and all claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of entrant hereunder. Any photos that include likenesses of third parties are prohibited and such entrants will be disqualified. If any photos contain elements not owned by the entrant (such as, but not limited to depictions of buildings, trademarks, logos or copyrighted material), the entrant must be able to provide legal releases for such use (including The Mint 400 INC’s use) of such photos, in a form satisfactory to The Mint 400 INC, or the entry will be disqualified.

WINNER DETERMINATION
During the Entry / Voting Period, the public will vote at the www.themint400.com/missmint website on the entries based on the following suggested criteria: relevance to Theme – 40%; ability to promote The Mint 400 INC’s products – 40%; general appeal as an auto sports model – 20%. Each member of the public may vote for multiple entries, but not the same entry more than once. Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or with the intent to impair the integrity of the voting process will result in the disqualification of the applicant without notice. Six (6) Miss Mint 400 Finalists will be selected using the following guidelines: A panel of judges from The Mint 400 INC’s organization will review all eligible entries received. Judges will use the following criteria to determine preliminary finalists: relevance to theme – 35%; ability to promote The Mint 400 INC’s products – 35%; general appeal as an auto sports model – 15%; number and results of public votes – 15%. The highest scoring entrants will be contacted to participate in a brief phone interview, conducted by the judges. Failure to participate in the second round of judging, for any reason, including but not limited to failing to timely return messages, will result in disqualification, at The Mint 400 INC’s discretion, and an applicable substitute may be notified.

The six (6) highest scoring Entrants, (as determined by the judges in their sole discretion), will be declared Finalists, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules. The Finalists must arrange their own transportation to Las Vegas, Nevada by Wednesday, March 9th 11:00AM PST to The Mint 400 host hotel; The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. On Thursday, March 10th all contestants will be judged in person by a panel of judges from The Mint 400 INC’s organization at The Mint 400 host hotel; The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, using the following criteria to determine the Grand Prize Winner: relevance to Theme – 25%; ability to promote The Mint 400 INC’s products – 25%; general appeal as an auto sports model – 25%; friendliness and demeanor – 25%. The Grand Prize Winner will be named Thursday, March 10th at 7pm in front of a live audience on Fremont Street – and will be crowned the 2016 Miss Mint 400.

All determinations shall be final and binding. In the event of a tie at any stage, the entrants or Finalists involved in the tie will be reviewed by an additional judge who will serve as a tiebreaker and who will evaluate entries according to criteria listed above to determine the preliminary finalists, Finalists or Grand Prize Winner, as applicable. The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to not award the Finalists or a Grand Prize Winner if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries.

WINNER NOTIFICATION
Potential Finalists will be notified by email and/or telephone on or about March 3rd, 2016. Finalists will be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where legal, a publicity release, and a Federal and State tax release, and return same, properly executed, within two (2) days of date of issuance. Failure to return documents as specified, or if any notification is returned as undeliverable, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, will result in disqualification and, at The Mint 400 INC’s discretion, an applicable runner-up may be notified. The Grand Prize Winner will be named Thursday, March 10th at 7pm in front of a live audience on Fremont Street – and will be crowned the 2016 Miss Mint 400.

PRIZES
Six (6) Finalists: ALL six (6) Finalists will each receive hotel accommodations at The Mint 400 host hotel; The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, from Wednesday, March 9th 11:00 AM PST to Sunday, March 13th 11:00AM PST. ($500 value/each). A check for $200 for travel expenses, to be distributed on Thursday, March 10th at the conclusion of the Miss Mint Crowning Ceremony. And a Mint 400 Gift Bag that includes a variety of gifts, including t-shirts, stickers, DVD’s, and misc. sponsor gifts. ($125 value/each) One Grand Prize Winner: The Grand Prize Winner will be crowned Miss Mint 400 and receive $5,000, and a professional photo shoot arranged by The Mint 400 INC ($10,000 value). Additional prizes may be offered by Mint 400 sponsors. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions permitted, except at The Mint 400 INC’s sole discretion, which reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value. Any other expenses not listed are the sole responsibility of the Finalists. All taxes associated with prize acceptance and uses are the sole responsibility of the winners. Limit one (1) prize per person/email address/household. The approximate retail value of the prizes is as follows: Finalists, $825 each; Grand Prize Winner, $15,825. The total approximate retail value of all prizes is $23,250.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FINALISTS AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER
All 2016 Miss Mint 400 Contest Finalists, are required to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada – arriving no later than Wednesday, March 9th 11:00 AM PST to The Mint 400 host hotel; The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino – and remain available to participate in a variety of on-site promotional activities. These include, but are not limited to, attending the Miss Mint 400 Crowning Ceremony on Thursday, March 10th at 7pm, in Las Vegas. The 2016 Miss Mint Grand Prize Winner, must attend the 2016 Mint 400 “Contingency” and “race” as well as the 2016 Mint 400 events and any other promotional events related to the Mint 400 event as required by The Mint 400 INC and cooperate fully in promoting the Mint 400 event. If an entrant is unable to or fails to attend any of these events, The Mint 400 INC may revoke any and all prizes and select an alternate Finalist or Grand Prize Winner, as applicable.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service or web site, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being executed as planned, or infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, action of entrants, technical failures or any other causes, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, The Mint 400 INC reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any suspect entry or vote or entrant or voter and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and/or determine the winner(s) for the portion at issue from among all eligible, non-suspect entries or votes (as applicable) received as of the date of the termination using the judging procedures outlined above, as The Mint 400 INC determines in its sole discretion. Entries/votes not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. No correspondence regarding entries will be entered into with entrants other than the potential winners. The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to disqualify entrants/voters who violate these rules, or interfere with this Contest in any manner and void all associated entries/votes. The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to not post or to remove any photo uploaded to www.themint400.com/missmint that The Mint 400 INC deems, in its sole discretion, infringes on any third party’s copyright, or is inappropriate or obscene and reserves the right to disqualify entrant who submitted such photo. If an entrant is disqualified, The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to terminate that entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Contest.

OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES
By entering the Contest, each entrant unconditionally assigns and transfers to The Mint 400 INC all rights, title, and interest in and to the submitted photos, the photos resulting from the (prize) photo shoot, photos taken of the entrant by the general public during the event, and any other photos or video taken as part of the Contest, including, without limitation, the copyright therein. The Mint 400 INC shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter, the photos or videos for any purpose which The Mint 400 INC deems necessary or desirable in any and all media now or hereafter devised worldwide without limitation and without further compensation, notification or permission from entrant or any third party, and each entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have in the photos or videos. Each entrant agrees that The Mint 400 INC may, without any limitation or further compensation, use her name or photo, and each Finalist agrees that The Mint 400 INC may use her name, photo, video, including voice and/or likeness in any and all media now or hereafter devised worldwide without limitation and without further compensation, notification or permission from entrant for the purpose of advertising and promoting The Mint 400 INC’s website, products, television show, DVD, the Contest, or any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes by The Mint 400 INC. Neither entrants nor winner shall be entitled to receive any compensation or credit for use of entries, other than that disclosed in these Official Rules.

FURTHER DOCUMENTATION
If The Mint 400 INC shall desire to secure additional assignments, certificates of engagement for the photos or other documents in order to effectuate the rights granted herein, then each entrant agrees to timely execute the same upon The Mint 400 INC’s request.

NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP
Each entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between the entrant and The Mint 400 INC is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that The Mint 400 INC does not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright in and to the photos.

RELEASE
Neither The Mint 400 INC, nor its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising, vendors, sponsors, and promotion agencies, or travel agents or their respective officers, directors, shareholders and employees (collectively “Releasees”) nor any telephone network or service providers or hosting environment shall have liability and shall be held harmless for any damage, loss or injury to an entrant or any third party resulting from participation in this Contest or for the use or misuse of any prize or Releasees’ use of any rights granted herein; or for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human or other error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any online service or web site, or any other error or malfunction, or any injury or damage to or editing of an entrant’s submission or any injury or damage to a entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in this Contest, or for any injury to person or property, arising from the entrant’s participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activity or from the acceptance, receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize won. Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, garbled, damaged, delayed, incorrect, illegible or misdirected entries, votes, photos or registrations or for any other errors or problems of any kind relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the posting of photos, the processing or judging of entries, the tabulating of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. Releasees are not responsible for any sexual harassment or other unwanted attention received by entrant by any third party as a result of the Contest. The limitations of liability set forth above are comprehensive limitations of liability that apply to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect, or consequential damages; loss of data, income or profit; loss of damage to property; and claims of third parties. Entrants agree that The Mint 400 INC has not made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, statutory, express or implied (including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, title, and fitness for a particular purpose), in fact or in law, relative to the Contest. The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to change / modify or alter the rules and regulations of the Contest at any time.

DISPUTES
Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and The Mint 400 INC in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, San Diego County, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

WINNERS LIST
For the names of the winners or a copy of these Official Rules send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Miss Mint 400 Winners List, 2554 Pahvant Street, Oceanside CA 92054. All requests must be received by April 30, 2016. Winners’ names may also be posted on www.themint400.com/missmint.

CHANGE TO RULES
The Mint 400 INC reserves the right to amend, updates, or change any/all of the rules set forth for this Contest at any time, for any reason, including / but not limited to; the judging criteria, the dates relating to submissions and voting, the dates for Finalist selection, and/or the dates related to the final Miss Mint Contest winner selection.