Canby Now Podcast seizes snowman victory
The holidays and the year 2018 have come to an end, leaving only memories and perhaps a bit of wreckage behind. And snowmen.
Handcrafted snowmen of all kinds still speckle downtown as Canby's first annual Snowman Contest has wrapped up.
After visitors' votes were tallied, Whoopsy Daisy Child Care came in third place with a prize of $50 for their snowman "Grandpa Frost." Fisher's Supply Inc. slipped into second place for $100 with "Hank the Tank and Pumpy the Penguin."
The newly established Canby Now Podcast came out on top, receiving the grand prize of $200 for "Doug the Canby Snow Podcaster."
"We were very surprised. We did not expect to win," said Tyler Francke, content director at Canby Now Podcast. "Canby Fire District was talking a lot of smack, so I guess they had us convinced."
The contest was the first annual of its kind, following the popular scarecrow contest in the fall. Shannon Allee of Hotrod Dreamworks spearheaded the new contests, with help from Victory Point Property Group in December.
The purpose was to draw people to downtown Canby and draw attention to local businesses and organizations. Any business or organization could enter a snowman to be displayed downtown during the month of December. Visitors picked their favorites, and votes were counted.
"Huge props to Shannon and Hotrod Dreamworks, and Victory Point, for making that happen," Francke said. "They did a fantastic job, and we were just very grateful to be a part of it."
Francke also thanked the businesses that sponsored the event including Canby Herald, Hotrod Dreamworks, Victory Point Property Group, Canby Graphics, My Donor Cycle & Surrogacy, Farmers Insurance-Christina Gutierrez, Whoopsy Daisy Child Care, LPL Financial-Clint Coleman and Dave's Prescription Shop.
Allee said the contest will continue in coming years.
"Maybe Canby Fire will think twice before talking smack next time," Francke said.