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Johnsonville Announces the Top 20 "Best of US" Educators and Community Celebrations

Contest seeks to recognize the unsung heroes and activities that make America great and award approximately $40,000 in prizes

Sheboygan Falls, Wis. (May 23, 2013) – Johnsonville Sausage today announced the Top 20 Educators and Top 20 Community Celebrations nominated for the "Best of Us" contest – a nationwide call to identify the individuals, groups and events that reflect the American spirit. From now until June 14, Johnsonville invites the public to vote for their favorite nominations in the Educators and Community Celebrations categories. The nomination receiving the highest number of votes in each category will earn a grand prize of $10,000 with the additional nine finalists receiving $1,000.

"When we launched the 'Best of US' we knew we'd receive inspiring nominations but we were truly blown away by the response and the caliber of nominees that were submitted,"' said Ralph Stayer, CEO of Johnsonville Sausage. "We want to sincerely thank everyone who sent in nominations –each of which were deserving of recognition. After careful deliberation, we narrowed our list and are excited to share and celebrate the stories of our Top 20 Educators and Community Celebrations with the public for voting."

From a math teacher in the Midwest who engages his students by dressing up as "Super'PI'man" to a celebration in Texas honoring the service of those who fought bravely in the armed forces, entries for the "Best of US" tell the stories of hundreds of individuals and celebrations that embody the spirit and passion of America. A total of 275 nominations, 119 Educators and 156 Community Celebrations, were submitted over the course of the month-long entry period. Of the Top 40 selected, entries represented 18 different states. The full list of nominees can be viewed here. Individuals can submit one vote, per day, per category.

For additional information, well as for official rules and guidelines, please visit www.johnsonville.com/bestofus. No purchase was necessary to enter or win.

About Johnsonville Sausage, LLC

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is the No. 1 national brand of brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links. Johnsonville employs approximately 1,400 members. Each member takes ownership of product quality to ensure the excellence and "Big Flavor" of Johnsonville Sausage. Founded in 1945 by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the company remains privately owned today. www.johnsonville.com.

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