What’s in a name? Well, if the name is Harland, it could be worth a hefty chunk of change.
Louisville-based Kentucky Fried Chicken is holding a contest to inspire the next generation while celebrating the 128th birthday of KFC’s founder Col. Harland Sanders, who was born Sept. 9, 1890.
Here’s all you have to do.
First, (and this is a tough one if you haven’t been planning for, oh, about nine months) birth a child on Sunday, Sept. 9 and be the first person on that date to name your infant Harland.
KFC, owned by Yum! Brands based in Louisville, will give one set of lucky new parents $11,000 to be used toward little Harland’s college expenses. Where does the very specific winning price amount come from? It’s related to the 11 herbs and spices used in the Colonel’s world famous chicken recipe.
Need more convincing that Harland is the right name for your kid? Well, it really is unique and there probably won’t be another Harland at school. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the name is ranked No. 3,257 on the list of most common baby names for 2017.
“Even though vintage names are making a comeback, our iconic founder’s name was dwindling in popularity, and we couldn’t just stand idly by and let that happen,” said Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. chief marketing officer. “We hope that this birthday celebration honors the Colonel and encourages the next generation of people aspiring to live the American dream.”
Beginning Sept. 9, parents can submit the name, date and time of their baby Harland’s birth, along with their contact information, on kfc.com/BabyHarland.
Black wire-rim glasses, white mustache and soul patch not required.