To continue our fabulous 30th anniversary summer, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine offered our readers the chance to win a free Backyard Makeover. This contest included $2,000 certificate to Labadie’s Summer Place Casuals for some fantastic furniture, and a $500 certificate to Crystal Gardens to complete the makeover for their yards.

Our summer contests generated a lot of enthusiasm. We kicked off summer with our Big 3-OH! contest that celebrated our 30th year in publication  three prize packages including a family vacation and a spa package for two. (Read about our Big 3-OH! contest winners here.)

The patio prize package in our Big 3-OH! contest was a favorite at events and produced a lot of buzz.  So, what better way to continue our 30th year hoopla than to offer another contest for new backyard furniture and garden accessories? Contest participants told us over and over how much they wanted and needed patio furniture.

Greg S. and Laurinda S. dreamed of just that after building their home four years ago on the East Branch of the Au Sable River. Their magnificent home lacked one essential item. Outdoor furniture. Now they will be able to complete their gorgeous home in Northern Michigan.

If you didn’t win this time, keep an eye for more promotions and contests all year.

Our contests are only one of many ways MyNorth and Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine are helping you live a little better this year. Readers can subscribe for a little more than the price of a cup of coffee each month  and hold the rich, glorious photography while you unwind with our award-winning articles.

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Our MyNorth Backyard Makeover Winner will receive:

A $2,000 certificate to Labadie’s Summer Place Casuals, in Beulah, MI (30 minutes west of Traverse City). Redeemable toward patio furniture, umbrellas or outdoor grills.

A $500 certificate to Crystal Gardens in Frankfort. MI. Redeemable toward garden accessories, plants and materials to spruce up your northern landscape and home.