Man Cave Giveaway nears deadline for entries

Joe Lambert of Denver Hunt is pushing 70 and going for 100. That’s the number of entries he wants for the company’s first Man Cave Giveaway, which has a March 31 deadline.

“We’ve probably got about 70 entries total. We’d like to have around 100,” the marketing and sales manager for Denver Hunt said.

Denver Hunt Company, a Maryville-based business that specializes in home exteriors and remodeling, is spearheading a promotion to transform a room in one lucky contestant’s home or garage into his -- or her -- Man Cave. The value of the renovation can be up to $12,500, depending on the work involved in getting the space ready.

Lambert said folks have until midnight on March 31 to submit entries, including a 250-word essay describing each contestant’s space for the proposed Man Cave and why they should win it.

Once the contest closes on March 31, four finalist will be chosen by the judges.

“We will evaluate the entries, and the final four will be chosen,” said Lambert. “We will announce who those final four are on April 7 in Blount Today and on ESPN Radio, as well as on our website, Facebook and Twitter.”

Then, it will up to the public to decide the final winner. Blount Today and Denver Hunt will visit each of the four finalist and film a three-to-five minute “webisode.”

“We will video them in their Man Cave space, and they’ll have the opportunity to sell the public on why they should be chosen,” explained Lambert.

Once the videos are posted on the Blount Today website on Thursday, April 7, online voting will be opened, and folks will be able to go to and look at the each candidate’s webisode. “Their idea will also be printed in Blount Today. Online voting will continue until midnight on Sunday, April 17. Then the winner will be announced on Thursday, April 21, in Blount Today, on ESPN Radio 1120 AM and Facebook, Twitter and our website,” said Lambert.

Lambert is encouraging everyone to vote. “The public will be the ones who decide the winner. It will be set up to where you can only vote once from each URL.”

Lambert said the company is getting good feedback from the community regarding the contest. “People seem to think it is a fun concept. We’ve gotten some really creative entries as well. There’s been a good buzz about this, and we’re excited about it.”

Lambert recognized the other businesses helping with the promotion, including Anderson’s Lumber Company, Gillenwater Flooring Center, Inc., Games & Things, Ledbetter’s Electronics, Blount Today and ESPN Radio.

“We’re just thankful for our partners who are making this possible and, of course, our media sponsors,” he said. “We look forward to seeing the Man Cave completed.”

Brannan Gillenwater, co-owner of Gillenwater Flooring, Inc., said the Man Cave contest is exciting. “It is an opportunity for us to get more exposure and help somebody create an environment in their basement where they can go and enjoy a ballgame. It reminds me of some television shows where they do this, but to do it close to home is really cool,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity, and if you want to redo your basement into a place for entertaining, why not let someone else pick up the bill? It’s a win-win for everyone and a really neat thing.”

Jeff Ledbetter, co-owner of Ledbetter’s Electronics, said the business is providing a mounted and installed flat panel television as well as home theater audio surround sound system. “We think it will become the focal point of the room,” he said. “That’s what the room is all about.”

Man Cave Giveaway entry forms and complete contest rules are available online at To submit by mail or in person, drop off completed forms at 217 Southdowne Drive, Maryville, TN 37801 or at the Blount Today offices at 318 S. Washington St., Maryville, TN 37804. For information, call 865-984-9310. Residence must be in Blount County. No purchase is necessary to enter.

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