Giveaway: Return of the large flat-rate box of Alaska.

MedLetThemSpeakA giveaway from last March, “The large flat-rate box of Alaska,” drew 122 entries. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since a lot of people are interested in the Last Frontier and a lot of people like big boxes full of little things.

It’s an odd mix this time around. Then again, Alaska is a pretty odd state.

Among the offerings:

Music: “Icy Grooves,” a CD from local jazz favorite Rick Zelinsky. (He was the guy we were listening to when those people decided to yammer through jazz night.)

Video: “Big Wild Anchorage,” hosted by Mr. Whitekeys (of the late, lamented Fly By Night Club). This particular video is a family-friendly look at Alaska’s largest city, from float planes to glaciers to sled-dog races that begin downtown (where they put snow on the streets).

Bags: A large, reusable shopping bag imprinted with “MTA: Celebrating 60 Years” (that’s the Matanuska Telephone Association, for all you cheechakos), plus another large bag with the logo of “The Vampire Assassins League,” a paranormal romance series (yep, that’s an actual genre) written by Alaska author Jackie Ivie

More Jackie Ivie stuff: A Vampire Assassins League coffee mug and two VAL temporary tattoos, plus a copy of “Knight Everlasting,” a novel from her historical romance series about a stalwart clansman in the Scottish highlands. (Och! What does he wear under the kilt, is what I want to know.)

2013-Fair-Poster.138Pins!: A small, heart-shaped gold pin that contains the word “Alaska” in stylized capital letters. A badge that reproduces the poster from the 2013 Alaska State Fair. And my personal favorite, a Planned Parenthood pin featuring salmon and the words, “Spawn carefully!”

More reading material: A copy of “Real Alaskan” magazine, a parody publication that’s quite funny (although you might not get all the in-jokes if you’re from Outside) plus an issue of the Alaska Railroad’s “Panoramas” magazine (gorgeous photos that make you want to take a train ride).

Pepe’s North of the Border thermometer. This thing is probably a collector’s item due to the recent fire at this iconic restaurant in Barrow, Alaska. But I’ve had it long enough; it’s someone else’s turn.

Miscellaneous ephemera: An Alaska Community Development Corporation retractable measuring tape, a pad of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union sticky notes, an Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau notepad (with the logo of the famous dancing moose, Seymour of Anchorage), a sticker from the Alaska Mountain Runners (put it on your car window and let everyone think you’re a badass), a container of antibacterial hand wipes with the BP logo, and a piece of chewing gum that looks like a lump of coal (courtesy of Usibelli Coal Mine). About that last one: I’m thinking “Christmas stocking.”

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Oct. 1. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Oct. 2,  I’ll pull another name.

Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner outside the United States will be given a choice of gift cards in lieu of the box and it will go up for grabs again in the future.

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  1. Pleasr sign me up for the give away (I was already subscribed to you via RSS so that’s how I found out about this).

  2. Started following on Facebook. (Was already following on Twitter).

  3. Oooo fun!!

  4. I also subscribe via email.

  5. And follow on Facebook 🙂

  6. Wildnella

    Fun package, an interesting collection!

  7. Please pick me so I can relive this summer’s trip to Alaska!

  8. I am a Facebook. Fan.

  9. I subscribe via RSS feed.

  10. I am a twitter follower.

  11. you should have your own Weird Eclectic Shop on Etsy!

  12. That’s very generous of you! Everything in it appeals to me.

  13. I also subscribe by email. I’m a recent subscriber and really enjoy your posts!

  14. Kimberly J

    My family would love this prize!

  15. Kimberly J

    I like you and follow on FB

  16. Kimberly J

    I am an email subscriber

  17. This sounds like fun! Never been to Alaska but this might entice me!

  18. Receive your emails.

  19. Follow on Twitter

  20. Like on Facebook and anywhere I read your articles

  21. What a fun box! Email subscriber

  22. Still looks fun as a Facebook subscriber too.

  23. Wow, what a fun package, I would love to win this! I subscribe by email, and love every one!!!

  24. Vampire Assassins?!? YES, please, Donna! ;o)

  25. Of course, I also follow you on Facebook.

  26. Alaska is on my bucket list…would love to have a “box of Alaska” to get me even more motivated! =)

  27. Sue Brandes

    This sounds like a fun giveaway. Love anything to do with Alaska. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Sue Brandes

    I follow by email.

  29. I’m an e-mail subscriber.


  30. Sue Brandes

    Follow on Facebook(Sue Brandes)

  31. Sue Brandes

    Follow on Twitter(katsrus2003)

  32. I follow on FB as Debby Ann.


  33. Fun items in that economical flat-rat box!

  34. Alaska in a box! Sounds like fun!

  35. I get your emails

  36. I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  37. Would love to win this

  38. Lorna Huntley

    follow on facebook

  39. Alexandru Rusu

    I want to win this!

  40. Alexandru Rusu

    Subscribed to email

  41. Alexandru Rusu

    Followed on Twitter:@andupustiu17

  42. Alexandru Rusu

    Liked on Facebook:Allexinno Alexys

  43. “If it’s free…it’s for me!” Count me in on the giveaway…big fan of the Alaska reality shows. Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. I’m coming in to Anchorage next July, so that “Big Wild Anchorage” video would be very useful.

    Good Luck to everyone!

  45. marguerite c

    I would like to be considered a bad ass so the sticker would be especially good

  46. Pam Orita

    Crossing my fingers to get Alaska in the mail!

  47. That does sound like a nice mix of goodies. I live outside the US though.

    • Donna Freedman

      Well, if you’re chosen you can opt for a gift card (e.g., Amazon). Good luck!

  48. ShellyLynn

    I would love to win, thank you!

  49. conee corning banks

    love your blog

  50. conee corning banks

    follow you on facebook

  51. OK, I’ll bite (a little vampire humor!)

  52. Facebook too.

  53. Ann Wood

    I follow you on Facebook. I love your column!

  54. Ann Wood

    I receive your e-mails. I’d love to win this!

  55. Caroljean

    enter me to win

  56. Caroljean

    I freceive your e-mails, enter me again please.

  57. Caroljean

    It is cold down in Washington I follow on Facebook, too.

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