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Birmingham woman wins truck

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS Ledger staff writer | Nov 18, 2016
Photo by: NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS/Ledger photo The Rowl family of Birmingham stands in front of their new red Ford F-150 truck alongside Fairfield Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store director Kay Kress, left. The family is, from left, Kirby Rowl with Marley Rowl and John Rowl holding Stella Rowl.

As the old adage goes, “Good things come in threes,” and Birmingham resident Kirby Rowl recently discovered just how true that saying could be.

“I just had my five-year milestone [wedding] anniversary last Friday, I was nominated last week for employee of the year at my job, and on Tuesday, I found out I won a truck!” she said.

Rowl is the proud winner of a red Ford F-150, the grand prize in Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store’s Fuel Saver Truck Giveaway in Fairfield.

Contest rules were simple. Store patrons were to use their Hy-Vee Fuel Saver Plus Perks Card, and with each swipe, participants would receive an entry into the contest.

“I’d forgotten that it was going on; I don’t even remember signing up,” Rowl said of the contest, adding that she never changed her regular shopping habits. “My co-workers were joking about what they would do if they won it.”

“I was stunned when they told me I had won the truck,” she said admitting that when she got the call Tuesday to go in to the store, she wondered what it was regarding.

Rowl, who said she’s never had any luck at raffle drawings, said that when she called her husband, John, to tell him the good news, he didn’t believe her at first.

“I didn’t know what to think,” John Rowl said. “I didn’t know there was anything going on.”

“It was awesome. I had goosebumps when I gave her the good news,” said Fairfield Hy-Vee store director Kay Kress. “It looks like it’s going to a good family, too. It’s great to give back to the community in this way. I know it will benefit this family, but it would have benefitted whomever would have won it.”

Rowl is not alone. Kress said 26 stores across Hy-Vee’s market participated in truck giveaways.

A family of four, with one on the way, the Rowls are ready to start enjoying their new ride.

“We’ve got the parent mobiles covered,” Rowl said of her crossover vehicle and John’s sports utility vehicle.

Kirby said there’s one person in the family who is really excited about the win, their 6-year-old daughter, Marley.

“She’s been talking to everyone about it,” she said. “She didn’t even make it out of daycare before she was yelling, ‘my mom won a truck!’”

Kirby’s mother, Angela Copeland, said she’s also excited about her daughter’s win.

Copeland said she teased her daughter that she had won “her truck.”

“It’s finally starting to sink in now,” Kirby said. “John is really looking forward to taking our girls [Marley and Stella, 2] on a ride.”

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