The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 15, 2011

Best First Snowman of 2011 Contest


— Readers of The News Courier showed us their creativity with cool creations from the Jan. 10 snow. As we did at Christmas, we decided to hold a competition for the best snow figure. We received photos of 108 entries that we’ve packed into eight pages in Sunday’s print edition and posted online at To view online, click the “Snowman Contest” bar on the left side of the page. Be sure to look at all five albums to see all the entries. You can move your cursor across the photo to view the number or see the list below.

To vote, simply email the number corresponding with your favorite to, or tear out the page, circle your favorite and drop it at the newspaper office at 410 W. Green St. in Athens.

Votes must be NUMBERS ONLY. Votes with names or descriptions will not be accepted.

Creator of the winning entry will receive $50 cash; second prize is $25. Have fun!

91. “Argo,” a snow creature, was created by Rita, Lyndon, Ryan and Jarrin Campbell. He was given acorn teeth, so that he might eat a hot meal to be served to him by a future wife.

92. Vicki Bates made “Happy Feet” penguins for her grandbabies Boden and Tanner Bates.

93. Sharon Gaston of Athens submitted this high society snowlady, complete with red hat.

94. Slade, Kierstynn and Blaze Turner of Elkmont chill with their “Roll Ducks Roll” snowman.

95. Barbara and Billy Smiley submitted this tall snowman, which had to be finished with the aid of a ladder.

96. From left, Chad Wynn, Bailey Gatlin, Walker Wynn, Brody Gatlin and Jeff Gatlin created this ‘Bama-themed igloo.

97. Cameron Richardson relaxes on a snow couch with a neighbor.

98. David, Heather and Laney Gough created this snow family, complete with a car for the baby.

99. Kathy Fitzgerald of Giles County, Tenn., entered a snowdog, which made fast friends with her coon dog, Buddy.

100. Greg and Cheryl Hill and Aaron and Stephanie Wilbourn built this snowman Monday. Cheryl and Stephanie are pictured with the snowman, which they said is about 7 feet tall.

101. Joe Curtis submitted this snowmouse, built in the back of a pick-up truck.

102. This Auburn snowcat has a duck on a string.

103. Because Susan Crittendon and her husband live in a “house divided” between Alabama and Auburn, they stayed on neutral ground and created “Sunny Sam.”

104. Kirstin and Nanita Brown were Alabama Eskimos in this Tanner igloo.

105. Tyler Love and Joey Johnson (above door) made this igloo in the Thatch Community. Standing at entrance are Gage and Brandon Love.

106. A group of residents including Jimmy Stanford, Allen Aldridge, Alex Aldridge, Will Stanford, Charles Williams, Asa Aldridge, Jesse Stanford and Rep. Dan Williams. built this life-size snowman — featuring a Skoal lid for a nose — on the lawn of the Limestone County Courthouse.

107. This snowman was built by Tesha Townsend.