Bringing a little fun to a week filled with weather woes, 52 talented snow-artists of all ages entered The News Tribune’s first ever Best Snowman Contest.
Maybe it was the cabin fever at work, but participants let their imaginations run wild.
Yes, there were traditional snowmen, ranging from small to huge, and including tributes to Raymond Briggs and Calvin and Hobbes.
And there were snow-women, including a couple in less-than-winter-friendly attire.
Other entries included a snow leopard, a snow lizard, a snow horse and even a snow-bot.
We asked readers to vote on their favorites in two age categories.
The winner of our kids division contest and overall top vote-getter was Maddy Rounds, 7, of Gig Harbor, for “Willow, the Snow Girl Fashionista.”
“She said it needed crazy hair so it could be the snow version her, so she included her scarf, hair feather and gave her a blue dress, of course (Maddy’s favorite color…used blue food coloring in a spray bottle with water),” her mother, Kerry Rounds, emailed. “The hair is made up of twigs from our willow tree in our yard.”
The runner-up in the youth division with an elaborate Star Wars diorama “Obi Wan and Darth Battle on Hoth” was Silas, 8, of Tacoma.
The winner in the teen/adult division, “Ms. Tacoma Shanaynay,” was hard to miss.
“She is made of snow, eggplant, peppers, straw, a home-made scarf and of course a carrot,” said Cristina Thomas, who entered the giantess on behalf of her neighbors. “She is 129 inches tall and located in the Yakima pedestrian bridge. It took a whole neighborhood to build her!”
Runner up in the teen/adult category was ”Point and Laugh” by Cady North of Puyallup.
The entries have been reduced to slush at this point, as all snow creatures eventually are. But you can see them frozen in their full glory on our online photo gallery.