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Why mom deserves to win a trip to Galena, IL

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Does your supermom deserve to win a SuperMom Getaway? That is the question we’ve throw out there and the responses have been pouring in. Husbands, daughters and friends have entered their favorite mom in hopes of winning her a SuperMom Getaway to Galena, Illinois (Winner announced April 21). We’ve sifted through many entries that explain why their mom deserves to win and what they would do during a visit to the Helluva Half Mile. Below are a few excerpts from entries that are too good not to share.

Galena's Helluva Half Mile Main Street

Hello! My name is Kelley and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to tell you about my fantastic mom, Kathleen, the very embodiment of a SuperMom.

Even as a single parent, Mom put herself through school and worked as a medical transcriptionist for a women’s OB-GYN. My mom is hilarious and has an amazing sense of humor. Sometimes when we are together, we can spend more time laughing than we do talking! She is also incredibly selfless – she is always there for her family and friends when they need her.

One of my favorite things to do with my mom is to shop (I think she would begrudgingly agree!) We love to go to art shows, tiny Main St. shops, and even the mall together. We have discussed visiting Galena for a girls’ weekend over the years, but have always been prohibited from work, finances, or other commitments. I have spent hours “stalking” the Visit Galena website, salivating over the beautiful boutiques and charming stores. Mom visited Galena with my aunt several years back and can’t wait to return.

Surprising her with this wonderful gift – we would finally have our girls’ weekend shopping ‘til we drop in charming, beautiful Galena! Although we would be excited to do everything there during our Helluva Half Mile experience, I would be especially thrilled to check out the boutique stores and art galleries for apparel and home items

If the weather is kind, we both love to hike and would enjoy checking out the number of beautiful parks and preserves in the area – assuming our feet are up to it after all the shopping!

One of my favorite things about Galena, though, is this – that you bring in visitors not by piles of advertising and spamming my inbox, but by hosting giveaways like the SuperMom Getaway and Wedding in a Window to give the lucky recipients a dream come true.

I also feel that my mother, who has spent much of her life doing things for others without expecting anything in return, absolutely deserves a chance to be pampered and indulge for a change and I am so excited to be the person to give that opportunity to her. Thank you very much for this opportunity to tell you a little bit about my mom and for considering my submission to your giveaway. – Kelley from Sun Prairie, WI

I NEED to tell you about my amazing mother, who by the way has always wanted to check out Galena, IL. Now that I’m a mother for the first time I look at my mom in awe, wondering how she raised 2 girls who were just 16 months apart all by herself. I’m sure she had days that she wanted to give up, but I don’t recall any of them. She always seemed calm and collected, unlike myself at times, and I’m NOT a single mother.

My mom has always been there when I needed her, like January of 2016 when I had a daughter of my own 10 weeks early. It was terrifying but my mom was there to help and tell me there was nothing to worry about. She was right. I have a healthy baby girl who is now 1 year old. I love my mom so much and I love our shopping trips together. We’ve been talking about going to Galena for a while, so when I found this contest on Facebook, there was no way I wasn’t going to enter. – Savanna from Keokuk, IA