Newsline / News

Rewards Contest Winner

February 27, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Survival of the Coolest winnerMERRILL, Wis. — Custom Design Heating and Cooling owner Josh Hipke recently awarded 21-year-old college student Matthew Bowen a Coleman 14.5 SEER LX Series MicroChannel air conditioner as a reward for winning the dealer’s Survival of the Coolest contest at the Lincoln County Fair in Merrill, Wis. Bowen then gifted the unit, valued at $4,000, to his mother.

“We had heat waves all summer; it was 90 degrees every day,” he said. “I wanted to do something nice for my mother. She works really hard in the mill for me, so this was something I could do for her.”

The event lasted nearly 35 hours and required contestants to remain in a booth with their hands on an air conditioner. The objective was to see which contestant could touch the air conditioner for the longest period of time. The 15 participants were permitted a five-minute bathroom break every four hours.

“The contestants were allowed to have cell phones, listen to their iPods, eat, and drink, as long as one of their hands remained on the air conditioner,” said Hipke.

By 9 a.m. Saturday, seven contestants remained and they were no longer permitted to switch hands on the air conditioners or lean against the units. At 9 p.m., only three contestants remained, and at 9:50 p.m., Bowen was declared the winner.

Publication date: 02/27/2012

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Mark Satterfield

Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con