Morton Buildings is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 “Giving Away the Farm” sweepstakes! Alex and Emily Woodward of Michigan have won an amazing prize package worth over $98,000 and includes a $75,000 credit towards a Morton building and a 2019 John Deere Gator XUV835M Crossover Utility with an approximate retail value of $23,000!
Alex, an engineer, and Emily, a teacher, were married in May of this year. A week after the wedding, Alex saw an ad about the sweepstakes and entered online through the Morton Buildings website. Alex had actually entered the sweepstakes every year since 2015, and had told Emily about it last year, but this year he forgot to mention it. That is, until he received the call that he had won!
“It took me by surprise because I had completely forgotten about it,” said Alex. “Because I didn’t tell Emily, she was very skeptical about it at first.”
Once the initial shock wore off, they began planning for their much-needed new Morton building.
“My dad and I restore older John Deere tractors,” said Alex. “We’ve been doing it since late 2000, and we have quite a collection of about 12 tractors and other implements. We take them all over the country to shows and tractor pulls. I’m actually the chairman of a local tractor show that has about 300-500 tractors involved. It’s a working show and this year, the vintage tractors will be used to farm 40 acres. It’s important for everyone to see how this equipment was used.”
With their $75,000 credit from Morton, Alex and Emily’s initial thoughts would be to build a good-sized building with a shop and cold-storage to house the vintage tractor collection.
“My parents have a 40’x60’ shop and a 50’x75’ old horse arena where we currently store the tractors,” said Alex. “In the next five years or so, my parents want to downsize, so if we want to keep the collection, we need to move it here.”
They are equally excited about winning the John Deere Gator. When they travel to shows, they currently ride a golf cart on the grounds, but now plan on using the Gator for this purpose.
Although still in shock about winning the sweepstakes, they are very eager to begin the building process on their five acres.
“I have a friend who built a Morton,” said Alex. “He will literally faint when he finds out I won!”
Previous winners have constructed farm, equestrian, commercial, and residential facilities across Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, and New York.
Stay tuned for more updates about Alex and Emily’s building!