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!

68. Shown with their snow fort are, from left, cousins Nicole Mitchell, Rachel Goodwin, Seth Goodwin, Olivia Goodwin and Amy Rae Clines. Construction took two days. It has three walls (a triangle), walkway, front sidewalk featuring a snowman family, and two turrets on either end.

69. Dana Downs created Auburn Marine Snowman waiting for the “big game” to honor everyone currently serving in Afghanistan. She is a Marine mom with a son who recently returned from Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

70. Shown with their rather jovial snowman are, from left, Hunter Lambert, Athens High, and Patrick Shields, West Limestone. Jaylynn Shoulders of Clements High is closest to the camera.

71. Jarita Saylor and her daughter Kelly built this Mickey Mouse snowman at their home in East Limestone.

72. This AU Snowman was brought to life by Kevin and Lauren Hart, and Lisa, Ashley, Lexi, and Azzie Donahue.

73. Brenley Jill Dempsey, 2, made this snow princess Monday at her home in Athens.

74. A “snow bathing” snowman with his lotion and soft drink nearby is the work of Heather Bryant and her daughter Alivia, 4.

75. This creation seems to imply there should be an award for the snowman with the widest arm span.

76. Seth Harris surprised his 82-year-old grandmother, Lura Andrews by building a snowwoman in her front yard that he affectionately called, Maw-Maw Snow Lady.

77. Joker the snowman was submitted by Mary Ann Wilson.

78. Bottlecaps the snowman was submitted by the Tarpley family.

79. Golfing Snowman, from Patricia Reno, has tees for the eyes and mouth, and a golf ball for the nose.

80. This Shelby Brooks and Annie Spicer snowwoman comes with a sign that reads, “Honk twice if you would date her.”

81. Ravyn and Kendrick Miller's snowman and fort.

82. Brooke Swift submitted this 10-foot-tall snowman built by several Auburn fans.

83. Audra and Lacy's snowman displays a bright scarf on a cold day.

84. Jacob and Bella's Snow Band are pickin’ and grinnin,’ as submitted by Steve Childers.

85. Christina Pereyda submitted this snowman, which is substantially larger than his little buddy.

86. Jonathan Hinton at the Limestone County Sheriff's Office submitted this law-enforcing snowman.

87. Noah and Jonah Blackwood created this mop-topped Auburn snowman.

88. Michael, Sheila and Rhonda Watkins built these snowmen on Pettusville Road.

89. Created by Randall Haggard, Chris Haggard and Austin Lopez, this 7 foot, 8 inch snowman took more than two hours to build.

90. The Tennessee Vols get some love with this snowman sent in by Leslie Walker Hillis.