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Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 1:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 2:55 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Agriculture invites football fans to celebrate game day with Illinois products. To get the party started, the department will sponsor a promotion on its Facebook and Twitter pages Feb. 1-3. Each day one lucky person selected from among the agency’s Facebook friends and Twitter followers will score free Illinois products.

“Illinois food companies make everything a fan could possibly need to throw a great party, from chili and pizza to chips and salsa,” Jennifer Tirey, bureau chief of marketing and promotion said. “For a sample of the many products available, visit our Facebook page and browse through the listings.”

The winner of the first drawing will receive a one-year supply (52 cans) of Ray’s Brand Chilli, located in Decatur. A $50 gift certificate to Lou Malnati’s Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza will be awarded the second day, and a game day gift pack of Uncle Joe’s Sauces and Rubs, located in Ina, is the third-day prize.

To sign up for the Game Day promotion, simply visit and “like” the Illinois Department of Agriculture Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IllinoisDepartmentofAgriculture or follow the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Twitter page at https://twitter.com/ILAgMarkets by Friday. For more information, call 217-782-8146.

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