From the editor’s desk:
Well, I’m not gonna lie, the participation in The Sentinel-Progress’ Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest was … about as ugly as the entries we received.
That being said, it in no way reflects on the level of tackiness of the proclaimed winner’s apparel — they were really, truly, awesomely bad.
In fact, it worked out better for those who did enter as they claimed all the prizes that were indeed intended for multiple placings.
Hey, in the newspaper world, we’re always trying new things in order to better engage our audience. Obviously, in this case, we missed the mark.
So, will there be an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest next year?
Well … I’m not normally one to make the tough decisions, but I’m feeling pretty confident that will be a resounding “No.” However, who knows? Sometimes projects like these just need a little tweaking to get the word out better.
Either way, a sincere and heartfelt congratulations goes out to 12-year-old Zach Stover of Easley for being brave enough to post his hideous “Rudolph’s cousin Billy” sweater for all to see — we loved it!
But seriously kid, the internet is forever …
And to Gage Pace, also of Easley, for winning the adult contest — who gave you that?
For real, let us know. (We’ve got an office pool going.)
Now, I know we said we were only publishing the winner’s photos but being we only had three entries, we would be remiss if not to go ahead and give a shout out to Kelly Stover, also of Easley.
Hey, you didn’t win anything cool, but we love you all the same and would like to extend to you a free 12 month subscription.
Now, you may be thinking to yourselves as you’re reading this, “This doesn’t read like stories are supposed to in a newspaper …”
You’re correct, it doesn’t. Normally, stories are stoic, sourced, unbiased and to the point. However, this being a small town, community minded paper, I decided to write it up as such. More like a conversation between old friends, if you will.
It is in that spirit in which this piece was penned and it is my fervent hope it will be received as such.
We’re here for you — perhaps not in the sweater department — but here, nonetheless.
Special shout out to the local businesses who sponsored the contest: Uncle Sam’s Antiques, Baptist Easley, Midtown Music & Fine Arts Center, Sealevel Inc., Horton Farms, Very Merry Local Market, On Q Financial, JS Miller Construction, McDonald’s and Buddy’s Chainsaw.
Seriously, it wasn’t your fault, people are just apparently really proud of their sweaters around here and simply can’t ever imagine them as being “ugly” in any way, shape or form.
I think next year we’ll try something different … maybe Ugly Chanukkah Sweaters? Maybe not …
In the meantime, all of us at the S.P. wish a very Merry Christmas to all our readers — no matter your attire.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.