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!

24. Brad Kelley created Al the Alabama elephant mascot sitting on an Auburn tiger.

25. Jake and Becca Neely, and Josh Bullion built their own Bama fan snowman.

26. The Barley family, Hal, Karen, Shelby and Brock of Athens gave their snowman a wool hat, and muffler complete with a tiny companion.

27. This Bethany Nash created beach blonde is optimistically prepared for a warming sun.

28. This is Willie, a tall, happy snowman sent in by Katie and David Wilkerson.

29. Mona Harris Cothran sent this photo of her top hat snowman.

30. Miss Eco Snow was created to remind you to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

31. This “Bret Michael's groupie snow chick” was photographed in East Limestone on Happy Hill. She proudly displays her belly button and models a super short mini skirt.

32. Blake and Tyler Williams from Toney built this snowman.

33. This, we are told, is Jack from Salem Minor Hill Road.

34. Karen Griffith’s University of Kentucky snowman brings a little of “My Old Kentucky Home” to Athens.

35. Amy Lumpkin of Athens and friends collected a lot of snow to build their unnamed giant.

36. Vicki Bates took this photo of the lovely Mrs. Snow.

37. The Oregon Ducks receive support from Alabama fan Allyson Smith Parker in Elkmont.

38. “Just a Rhinesnow Cowboy …” seems to be an appropriate tune for this Greg Glaze creation.

39. Martin Burkon made this snowman, big and strong.

40. This snow-o-saurus was sent in by Lori Crowe and built by Donnie McBay and Brittney Paul.

41. Snowbie Bryant is the work of Debbie Wales and Chelsea Murphy of Elkmont.

42. Jayden Mott poses with the “snowoman” built by his papaw Tim Turner.

43. Erika Clark describes her sparkler-waving creation as a “snowgirl on fire.”

44. Cana and Colton Vining pose with their Auburn snowman.

45. What do you do if you love trains and snow? Build a train snowman, of course. That is the choice of Brooks and Ally.