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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with world-class readers. Woo-hoo!

We begin today’s column with this obstreperous compliment because we are proud to announce the winners of the Summit Up Land’s Biggest Icicle Contest! In the history of Summit Up (which goes back to our days in vaudeville, when our candy-striped suit used to have the dames a-swoonin’) there has never been a contest that drew so many submissions. On top of the volume, we must also note the creativity and effort that went into the dozens of photos we received (not counting the ones of Asian mail-order brides and snowboarders mooning us).

So, without further ado, let’s get down to the winners.

First, we have our winner in the artistic category: Kristen. Kristen, a server at Tuscato, kept looking at the icicles on her roommate’s bike, thinking she needed to take a picture of them for us. She finally remembered, got out the camera and snapped this shot outside their place in Frisco. This was a clear favorite among the staffers for its composition and natural feel. Kristen, stop on by the Corporate Suites and pick up your prize, a $15 gift certificate to the Dillon Dam Brewery.

Next, in the creative category, hats off to George Grill. We say hats off, because he took his off and put it on his friend. If we had a category for person who most looks like their icicle, this shot would have won that one, too. George also followed up his photo submission with a very clever tale full of puns (which we, unfortunately, don’t have space to reproduce today). George, you, too, need to come on down to Frisco and pick up a Dam Brewery gift certificate.

And the drum roll gets louder … Now, on to the elephantine category. Our second runner-up is Wildernest’s Troy Vaille. Troy snapped a picture of this monster up on the hill, and for his efforts, he receives a $15 Dam Brewery gift certificate and a Potty-Palooza T-shirt.

The first runner-up is Regina DiMayo. We’re not sure exactly where she found this icicle, but she also used our favorite vocab word, brobdignagian, to describe it. Regina, check in at the Upside-down Dishwasher Building in Frisco to claim your $15 Dam Brewery gift certificate, as well as two coupons for a free entree at Q4U Barbeque.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for … Our grand prize winner is Erin Pheil! Erin had to take four pictures to capture this icicle and paste them together. This was the photo all of our celebrity judges seemed to remember, so it gets the top honor – and Erin gets $30 in Dam Brewery gift certificates, a Potty-Palooza T-shirt and two discount coupons for Kirin Chinese Restaurant in Frisco.

And a big thanks, again, to all of you who submitted photos. It tickled us wildly to keep getting these photos week after week.


We’re out thinking up more contests …

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