Firefly Festival VIP Sweepstakes Winner Announced!
Dana Pugsley is the final winner of Mercury’s Festival VIP Sweepstakes. She and her husband, Andy, will travel from their home in Alabama to Dover, Del., June 18-21 to enjoy the Firefly Music Festival. She shares with us in the following Q&A her thoughts on winning the VIP trip and how she and her husband are looking forward to finally getting to take the honeymoon they never had. Definitely not a bad way to celebrate.
Q: How did you find out about the Mercury Insurance Festival VIP Sweepstakes?
I enter sweeps quite a bit and came across this one on my Facebook newsfeed. When I first started entering contests I would enter everything I saw. In the past few years however, I have only entered those where the prize is something which I wish to win. I saw this one and was secretly crossing my fingers! Not only a trip (which I have NEVER won before) but a trip to an incredible music festival!!
Q: Have you ever been to or heard of Firefly before?
I had not heard of the Firefly festival until I entered the contest and chose that as my prize if I should win. It sounded awesome and from everything I read online, it seemed to be the one my husband and I would most enjoy.
Q: Why’d you choose to enter to win a trip to Firefly out of all of the available festivals?
I chose only the Firefly Festival because of all the festivals held, this one seemed to be the most musically eclectic. My husband and I enjoy almost all genres of music and the Firefly seems to encompass it all! Where else can you go to see Sir Paul McCartney AND Snoop Dogg? I mean, really!! American Bands, British bands, Australian Bands … all sharing the same venue!! How awesome is that??
Q: What were your first thoughts when you found out you won the Firefly trip?
I had to read the email several times because I was in shock! My husband was at work and as soon as I called him I was still so excited I could barely talk!
Q: Who do you plan to take with you on your VIP trip?
My husband, of course! My husband and I have a long history (beginning with being childhood sweethearts when we were neighbors on Long Island) and when we reconnected through Facebook in 2011 after losing touch for over 15 years, we picked up where we left off. I came to visit him in Alabama on March 7 and we married on St. Patrick’s Day 🙂 In addition to that, our very first kiss was while Andy (a BIG Beatles fan) was playing “Michelle” so, seeing Paul McCartney makes this even more special for the two of us 🙂
Q: What about the festival are you most looking forward to?
Paul McCartney has always been on my bucket list so this is just awesome! But we are also looking forward to seeing Snoop Dog, Morrisey, The Killers, and Gary Clark Jr! I am also looking forward to the different areas of the festival, from the Woods, to the arcade, to the Hammock Hangout, and we plan to explore and enjoy every one!
Q: Any additional comments?
Andy and I are originally from Long Island so our music history is quite rich! Some of the best bands and artists are from Long Island: Billy Joel, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Debbie Gibson, Twisted Sister, Blue Oyster Cult, Harry Chapin, Lou Reed, Simon and Garfunkel, Stray Cats, Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Joan Jett, The Good Rats … just to name a few! We have some of the best concert sites: Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Westbury Music Fair, and my favorite was the Jones Beach Amphitheater. We have both seen so many concerts over the years, but with the exception of a few local bands or small venues (we saw the Blues Travelers recently when they played in a small town near us), this will be our very first festival together ever!! And from the lineup, I think it will be the best music festival on the East Coast!
I cannot thank Mercury Insurance and AXS TV enough! This is definitely an experience of a lifetime! And thank you for giving me the opportunity to share it with my husband. It will be the honeymoon we never had!! <3