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Imagine YOUR band, playing Summerfest. It could happen!

Winner opens for major headliner on new Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage at the World’s Largest Music Festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI! 

Milwaukee-based,  Briggs & Stratton, manufacturer of air-cooled engines for outdoor power equipment, and Summerfest, recognized as the World’s Largest Music Festival, today announced entries for the third annual Briggs & Stratton Battle of the Bands competition are now being accepted at briggsbattleofthebands.com, the contest’s official Facebook page.  Music fans and bands are encouraged to “like” the page and share it with their friends.  In just two years, the contest has had more than 1,000 bands enter online and nearly 1 million votes from music fans worldwide.  The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to play Summerfest on July 2nd, rock-star treatment during their stay and helps open for a major headliner on Briggs & Stratton’s Big Backyard stage at Summerfest.      

“We are very excited about this year’s Briggs & Stratton Battle of the Bands and all of the great talent we know will be submitting songs on our Facebook page,” said Todd Teske, President and CEO of Briggs & Stratton.  “We’re especially excited to debut our new Big Backyard stage with a large video screen and gorgeous green space.  The Briggs & Stratton Battle of the Bands appeals to many consumers who enjoy music as much as they enjoy our reliable and easy-to-use products that get outdoor work done quickly so they can relax and enjoy life.”

Last year’s winner, This is Energy, an alternative band from St. Louis, opened for Gavin DeGraw at the Big Backyard during Summerfest. 

Band members met DeGraw, participated in a press tour, stayed at a luxury hotel, were transported by limousine and much more.  This is Energy has since relocated to Nashville, Tenn., to be closer to the recording industry.  A series of videos promoting this year’s contest were recorded in Nashville with the band and will appear over the next few weeks on Briggs & Stratton’s Facebook contest page.

“If you’re in a band that wants to be in front of thousands of fans, performing at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival, the Briggs & Stratton Battle of the Bands can help make that happen,” said Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.  “This fan-voted contest is a great opportunity for one band to ultimately be front and center at the Big Gig, and this year’s new and improved Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage will only add to all of the excitement.” 

Bands entering the contest should upload their music entries as soon as possible to briggsbattleofthebands.com.  Fans vote for their favorite band on Facebook from March 14 to 11:59 p.m. on April 15.  The top 10 bands selected by online voters will then be announced.  A selection committee will determine three finalists by May 7.  Fan voting will then resume on May 13 to choose a winner, who will be announced on May 28.  Entry into the contest is free and additional rules/regulations are also posted online.


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Celebrate April birthdays with a bouquet of daisies. This April birth flower symbolizes childhood innocence or according to the Farmer's Almanac they were given between friends to keep a secret. Many flowers share the common name daisy. It comes from the English name "days eye" referring to the fact many daisy flowers open during the day and close as the sun sets. Bellis perennis, known as English daisy, is most often designated as the April birth flower. It is hardy in zones 4 to 8, grows about 6 inches tall and flowers from spring through mid summer. You will find this plant listed as an attractive perennial or nasty weed. In the south the plants often burn out after flowering during the heat of summer. In cooler climates they are often dug after flowering to maximize enjoyment and minimize spread. The young leaves can be eaten in salads or cooked. A bit more information: Sweet peas are also considered the April birth flower. This is especially true in April. This flower represents modesty and simplicity. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Garden Longer with Less Aches and Pains – It’s National Garden Week
Avoid sore and strained muscles that often arise after a long day in the garden. A few simple changes in your gardening habits can keep you gardening longer and with fewer aches, pains and strains. Use long-handled tools to extend your reach and minimize bending and stooping. And if you need to get a bit closer to the ground, try placing only one knee on the ground or using a stool and keep your back straight. Keep your tools handy by wearing a carpenter's apron with lots of pockets or using a tool caddy. An old wagon, wheeled golf bag or trash can make moving long-handled tools a breeze. Use foam or wrap your tool handles with tape to enlarge the grip and reduce hand fatigue. Or better yet, invest in ergonomically designed tools with larger cushioned grips. They are designed to position your body in a less stressful position, allowing you to work longer. A bit more information: Further extend your energy by taking frequent breaks. Use sunscreen, wear a hat and drink lots of water. For more ideas, check out my 10 Pain-free Gardening tips. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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