Barnhills capture $500 prize in record time

Collecting their prize money from “Frosty’s” sponsor, Brian Senters (left) of Safehouse, LLC, are Hannah Barnhill, Cameron Vaughn, Libby Vaughn, Brian Barnhill, Courtney Barnhill and Peyton Barnhill.
Collecting their prize money from “Frosty’s” sponsor, Brian Senters (left) of Safehouse, LLC, are Hannah Barnhill, Cameron Vaughn, Libby Vaughn, Brian Barnhill, Courtney Barnhill and Peyton Barnhill.

By Bobbie Poynter

“It’s a man thing.”

That was Courtney Barnhill’s only explanation for her husband finding the Barbourville Tourism’s hidden snowman so quickly.

Despite all the nonsense on social media about how Brian Barnhill had the ‘inside scoop’ on the whereabouts of Frosty the Snowman, the fact is, Barnhill simply read the first clue totally wrong, and the wrong conclusion led him directly to the prize.

The first clue, which came out on Facebook the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, read “You need SNOW4 me.

Brian Barnhill read the clue to mean you needed to go where the snow removal equipment was stored.

“It made perfect sense to me,” he said. “You can’t use the equipment without snow.”

The snow removal equipment he was thinking of is currently being stored behind the Little League ball field.

The clue was actually the combination to the lock holding the snowman to its hiding place, which, unbeknownst to Barnhill at the time, was behind a sponsor’s poster at centerfield at the Little League ball field.

When the second clue came out the next day, it read, “Some people might go nuts looking for Frosty again this year.”

With that, Barnhill had absolutely no doubt he was on the right track.

“That field was always known as Walnut Street Park,” he said. “As the former president of the Little League Baseball program for Knox County, I know that area well, and when I saw ‘nuts’ in the clue, I just knew it had to be there somewhere because Walnut Street runs along the field.”

Less than five minutes after the Barnhill family scattered throughout the ball field Friday, Brian called for his wife. Sure enough, he had found Frosty locked to the centerfield fence.

On hand Monday to present the family with their $500 prize money was Brian Senters of Safehouse, LLC., in Corbin, who sponsored the hunt.

Denise Wainscott, director of Barbourville Tourism, believes this may be the fastest snowman hunt in history.

“Although we would have preferred for the game to last at least a few days longer, you can’t fault Brian Barnhill for the way he read the clues,” she said. “In his mind, it all just fit.”

“Like I said, it’s a man thing,” said Courtney Barnhill. “Of everyone in the family, only Brian could have come up with the right conclusion for all the wrong reasons.”

Regardless of how he came up with the answers, Brian Barnhill and his family are now $500 richer.

And they don’t plan on stopping there.

Denise Wainscott announced a new Frosty the Snowman has already been hidden and the clues are on their way. The new hidden treasure will be worth another $500, this time sponsored by Barbourville Tourism.

And the Barnhills are headed back out for the new hunt.

“Yeah, I’ll probably give Brian first crack at the new clues first,” said Courtney Barnhill, “since the last hunt worked out so well.”