GUILFORD, Maine — It’s official: Jenny Haskell has “gotta go” to New York City and show her skills using Charmin toilet paper.
Haskell, 49, was notified Monday that she won one of five coveted seats in Charmin’s national “Enjoy the Go” competition. As a finalist, the Sangerville woman and a friend will fly later this month to New York City, where she will compete with four other finalists in a toilet paper trivia contest, a mummy contest that involves wrapping the friend in toilet paper, and contests that focus on toilet paper stacking and tossing. The winner will receive a $50,000 cash prize and celebrate the new year in New York City.
“I am excited,” Haskell said Tuesday. “I’ve never been to New York. This is, like, super-great.”
Haskell said she was checking her voice mail Monday while en route home for lunch when she learned she was a finalist. She already had won the state competition by telling the world why she liked Charmin while standing in front of her camp’s outhouse in Kingsbury Plantation. That win garnered her a $500 cash prize, half of which she donated to the Piscataquis Santa Project to help needy children.
To become a finalist and win the all-expenses-paid trip, she had to generate media coverage and get supporters to visit Charmin’s website as well as send in photographs of unique and exquisite bathrooms.
“I kind of screeched quietly first when I learned of the news,” Haskell said. “I just went home and made a sandwich because I knew I had to eat, and then I ran to the post office because I had Christmas boxes that had to be in the mail,” she recalled.
It was when someone standing in line at the post office asked Haskell whether she had heard anything about the contest that it fully registered.
“I screeched it out in the middle of the post office,” Haskell said. “When I got back to work [as an assistant manager at Rite Aid in Guilford] I had to, you know, give a little screech there, too.”
On Tuesday, her day off, Haskell was shopping for a new toilet seat so she could practice tossing Charmin through the hole.
“We needed a new toilet seat anyway, so I’ll practice with it before we install it,” she said.
Since she gave away 100 rolls of toilet paper as Christmas gifts in Guilford last week to draw attention to the contest, Haskell also had to replenish her supply. She plans to use most of the new stash to practice turning a friend into a mummy.
Haskell said she now looks at Charmin toilet paper from a new perspective.
“I never realized we could use Charmin for so much as we used it for in this contest,” she said.
To see Haskell’s contest blog, go to http://www.charminenjoythego2010.blogspot.com