The Helluva Hut ice fishing hut makeover contest is returning for the second year and the Jan. 15 at midnight deadline is fast approaching. This year's makeover is worth $5000 including a prize pack from local businesses. Pictured is Tom McAlister's hut which underwent a transformation on the interior and exterior last year. See for more details. Submitted by ACM Designs

Helluva Hut contest returns for another year

By Darren Lum

Published Jan. 15 2019

Get your submissions in by Jan. 15 for the Helluva Hut ice fishing hut makeover contest to be eligible to win a makeover worth $5000 including prizes.

The winner of the contest will have their name drawn from a hat and announced on Facebook live on Friday Jan. 18. The winning hut will be transformed inside and out by local professionals which will occur from Jan. 19 and Feb. 15. The prizes include ice fishing equipment a unique in-hut lunch with a fish expert and more. The winning hut will be showcased on Feb. 16 at the Frost Festival.

Last year’s winner Tom McAlister wishes he had another hut to enter.

“The makeover on my hut last year was amazing and exceeded my expectations. The team did a great job of incorporating some of the requests that I had made while putting their own touches in place. My buddies and I were able to stay warm and fish in comfort for the remainder of the fishing season. I wish I had another hut to enter again this year!” he said in a prepared statement.

This contest is made possible because of local businesses such as ACM Designs Hodgkinson Enterprises Boshkung Brewing Yours Outdoors Outdoors Plus and the Frost Festival.

ACM Designs owner Andria Cowan Molyneaux said the contest returns for its second year because of interest from the public.

“After last year’s hut makeover we had a lot of people asking us if we were going to do the contest again. So we decided to run the contest one more time. It’s our way of doing something fun for the community and also getting to work with other businesses in the county” she wrote in a prepared statement.

Cowan Molyneaux said last year’s contest taught her a lot about Highlands residents.

“We worried it might be too wacky and that we wouldn’t get any contest entries. But it taught us that people here are up for playfulness and humour. And of course we learned a lot about ice fishing” she said.

There are two ways to enter the contest. Submit images/video on Facebook or submit photos and video using the submission form at which also includes contest details.

Post photos and video of the interior and the exterior of your hut at Be sure to tag @andriacmdesigns and make the post “public.” Add hashtags #hutentry and #helluvahut.

The deadline for submissions is before midnight on Jan. 15.

See for more information.