Knox County couple Amanda and Aaron Miracle are $500 richer this holiday season after successfully finding the snowman, part of the annual Snowman Hunt sponsored by Barbourville Tourism and Safehouse, LLC., on December 2.
The Miracles, along with their daughter Quinn, met Brian Senters, owner of Safehouse, LLC., on December 5 to claim their monetary prize.
Aaron said very early on in the hunt, the couple knew the snowman would be hidden somewhere near basketball equipment based on the given clues. Once the second to last clue went live, he instantly knew the location, at a basketball goal behind the old radio station.
“Basically, we had all the clues the day that we found it. We knew it was on Daniel Boone Drive. We drove by there and saw that the clock was in front of the Utility building,” said Aaron. “My mom worked at the Health Department for years so I knew the basketball goal was back there. All of the clues just kind of pointed us there.”
Amanda even cut lunch short to find the clue.
“When we went back to my mom’s to eat lunch, she [Amanda] couldn’t finish eating. She went over there, got it and came straight back,” continued Aaron.
While Amanda’s trip was a success, it nearly took a different turn.
“When I first got to the ball goal, I looked around it and almost walked away because I didn’t see it,” said Amanda. “I thought, ‘Let me look under this grass.’ So I pulled up the grass a little bit. At first, I thought it was trash and then I seen the words on it, picked it up and ran with it.”
Amanda recalls her initial reaction as, ‘Oh my God! It’s the snowman!’
“It was very exciting,” concluded Amanda.
For the complete explanation of all clues in this year’s hunt, search ‘Christmas Barbourville’ on Facebook.