Thursday, January 6, 2011

Giveaway: Monster Jam (Chicago)

Mister Man first learned about Monster Trucks last year. He has a stuffed "animal" of Gravedigger - one of the more popular trucks in the program. He sleeps with it nightly. He also has a keychain with a truck that "really moves, Mom. It really does!" that he loves racing across the floors and climbing over all number of objects.

Has he ever seen Monster Truck Jam? Does he really know what it is? No, but he will soon! Monster Truck Jam is coming to Chicago at Allstate Arena next month, and we will be there.

The show will run Friday February 11 at 7:30, Saturday February 12 at 2 and 7:30, and Sunday February 13 at 2 and 7:30. That's plenty of chances to get yourself acquainted with all the old and new stars of the show. It's a new season, and there are new trucks, new drivers, and new combinations to cheer for.

Even better, you can get discounted tickets. Use the promo code MOM to save 33% on adult tickets Saturday and Sunday. Children's tickets (I love shows that charge less for children!) are $10 all weekend, and adult tickets are already $10 on Friday night. For the discounted tickets, use promotional code MOM when purchasing tickets at the Allstate Arena box office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Enter Code in the “MC Promotions Box” on Ticketmaster. Offer only valid on $20 mid-level seats. Not valid the day of the show. Service charges and handling fees may apply. No double discounts.

I can't believe that these giant trucks can go up to 70mph. Fortunately, there are tons of safety policies in place for both the drivers and the audience. There is a 50+ point safety inspection before each show. And if somehow something ever were to happen, each truck is equipped with a Remote Ignition Interrupter (RII) that allows track officials to shut a truck off at any time. Plus, there is an onboard fire extinguisher system. Drivers all also wear a fire resistant suit, shoes, gloves, and racing helmet. Phew!

So you don't know what happens at a Monster Truck Jam? I didn't etiher. Fortunately, I'm learning quickly. There are two different competitions at the Monster Truck Jam - and they are totally different. Side-by-side racing is the traditional bracket racing, where the first truck, with the least amount of penalties, to cross the finish line is declared the winner. The one that surprised me was the Freestyle competition where drivers get a limited amount of time on the open floor to show off their skills. In this category, the fans serve as the judges. I can't wait for that part!

Are you excited to go yet? I know Mister Man is absolutely stoked! But you could win a family four pack of tickets to the opening night performance at the Allstate Arena at 7pm on Friday February 11. How?

First of all, let me stress that you must follow all the rules. If you do not follow the rules, your entry will not count!

This contest is open until Thursday January 20 at 7pm CST. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment or be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older. Winners will be selected via and must respond within 24 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.

Mandatory Entry: What was your first car - or truck, as the case may be!

Bonus Entries (leave a comment for each entry - if you put it all in one comment, I'll count it as one entry):

1) Earn one additional entry for following me on Twitter and tweeting this contest with the following tweet: "Get ready to lose your eardrums - in a good way! Family 4 pack to Monster Jam in Chicago from @honestandtruly" (leave a link to your tweet as your comment and make sure you do all the steps!)
2) Earn one additional entry by following this review blog publicly via Google Friend Connect.
3) Earn one additional entry by following my “regular” blog Honest & Truly! publicly via Google Friend Connect.

Good luck!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received tickets to attend Monster Jam with Mister Man for review purposes only, and there was no additional compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.



  2. My first car (which I owned for approximately 3 days) was a "light plum" 1995 Saturn. My parents picked it out for me, but needless to say, it was a lemon, and problematic from the moment we left the lot. About a week later, we ended up with a Toyota Corolla that was light blue. I owned that car until I was pregnant with my 3rd boy, when we donated it and bought a mini-van. 10 years that car lasted Which is a miracle since I got my first oil change after 2.5 years of owning it!

  3. I tweeted here and I promise I am following you ;-)

  4. i follow you on twitter and tweeted

  5. OMG - this is so funny! My first "car" was a Dodge Ramcharger - blue - with the top of the truck all smashed in and pounded out by my dad - a huge tree fell on it and my dad got a deal on it - I LOVED that truck so much - it ATE gas though!

  6. I already follow you on twitter: tiarastantrums


  7. I follow your “regular” blog Honest & Truly! publicly via Google Friend Connect.

  8. Michelle, Here's a funny "it's a small blogger world" story... Cris (who you ate dinner with at Blissdom last night from Goodeness Gracious) is a friend of mine and got me started in blogging. And my Hubs works for Monster Jam! I hope you have a great time at Monster Jam in Chicago in a few weeks! Great to (digitally) meet you!


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