From campaign trail to snowbanks:
Old signs make new sleds
Hugh G. Willett knoxnews.com
LOUDON For students on their second week of snow days,
weather plus leftover campaign signs adds up to a fun way to
pass the time.
When Loudon County received nearly half a foot of snow this
week, County Commissioner Kelly Littleton Brewster and her
husband, Tim, decided to make snow sleds.
Working all week in their garage, the couple has made almost
100 sleds and given most of them away to children in the
The August election had left a bunch of campaign signs,
including some left over from the campaign by Brewster, a Loudon
elementary school teacher, who was elected to the county
She heard on the news that local stores were sold out of
sleds. She knew not every child can afford a sled.
I asked my husband Tim if there was any way we could make
some sleds. He thought of the old campaign signs in the barn,
The old signs, which also included leftovers from the
campaigns of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., U.S. Sen. Lamar
Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam, are made out of a slick core
plastic ideal for snow, Brewster said.
We added a handle and some twine to pull the sled. When my
grandson tried one out, it was very fast. It just flew down the
hill, she said.
After posting the availability of the sleds on Facebook, the
response was immediate. By mid-week almost all the sleds had
been given away, and the supply of old campaign signs was just