Blossom Picnic Contest Back For Its Second Year 7/15

Blossom Picnic Contest Back For Its Second Year 7/15 The Cleveland Orchestra announces the second year of the Blossom Picnic Contest, to be held on July 15 on the evening of the concert Schumann's Spring Symphony. Have a flair for cooking, design, or hosting a fun party? Compete for prizes before the concert by showcasing your best picnic food and presentation! Judges will include local celebrities and members of The Cleveland Orchestra. This is your chance to meet the musicians. Registration is now open! To register, fill out the form at this link: http://bit.ly/blossompicnic2018.

Participants will set up their Perfect Blossom Picnic on the lawn before the concert - starting as early as 4:30 PM for the 7:00 PM concert. Judging will take place between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Judges will evaluate picnics based on presentation, taste, and creativity - participants should be prepared to share a plate for the judges to enjoy. Two winners will be chosen - best presentation and best food - and announced at intermission via The Cleveland Orchestra's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

Judges will be announced at a later date. Last year's judges were Jacqueline Gerber, Host and Producer at WCLV Classical 104.9 ideastream; Vishu Nath, Executive Chef at Urban Farmer Cleveland; and Chul-In Park, Cleveland Orchestra violinist.

By entering the contest, patrons receive one free lawn ticket to attend the July 15 concert (limit 1 per household). The winner will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall during the 2018-19 season.

BLOSSOM MUSIC FESTIVAL

The 50th Anniversary Blossom Music Festival, the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, comprises 18 concerts, 15 of which feature The Cleveland Orchestra - plus one special Blossom event. For more information about the season and Blossom's 50-year history, visit http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/News-and-Updates/News-Releases/2018-releases/2018-02-11-Blossom/.

2018 BLOSSOM MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORS

The Cleveland Orchestra is proud to partner with The J.M. Smucker Company as the Season Sponsor and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as the 50th Anniversary Celebration Sponsor of the 2018 Blossom Music Festival.

The Cleveland Orchestra is honored to partner with these two locally based international brands in marking this milestone for Northeast Ohio's most cherished summer tradition. Together, The Cleveland Orchestra, Smucker's, and Goodyear welcome all to enjoy a wonderful celebration of Blossom - creating and sharing a truly special and memorable experience for everyone.

About The J.M. Smucker Company and The Cleveland Orchestra
The J.M. Smucker Company has supported The Cleveland Orchestra for decades with annual contributions as well as capital gifts for improvements at Blossom Music Center. The company's ongoing, generous support has been recognized through concert sponsorship at Blossom for over a decade, and has earned membership in the Orchestra's John L. Severance Society - a group of the Orchestra's most dedicated and generous corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. Additionally, The J.M. Smucker Company is a co-presenting sponsor of The Cleveland Orchestra's Second Century Celebration, bringing the Orchestra's 100th season to life while animating a bold vision for an extraordinary Second Century.

Cleveland Orchestra Board President Richard K. Smucker is the Executive Chairman of The J.M. Smucker Company, which was founded more than a century ago by Mr. Smucker's great-grandfather, Jerome Smucker. Today, The J.M. Smucker Company is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than 120 years ago.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra is grateful for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's visionary leadership as the Presenting Sponsor of the Blossom Music Festival's 50th Anniversary Celebration. At the heart of this celebration is a spirit of community engagement and volunteerism that honors a longtime partnership stretching more than 30 years. This collaboration further highlights Goodyear's history of generosity and commitment to the Orchestra - which includes membership in the Orchestra's John L. Severance Society and generous support as a Second Century Celebration Leadership Sponsor.

As one of the world's largest tire companies, Goodyear employs about 65,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

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