Steamboat Springs A Craig couple who was inspired by the O'Carrolls' story to do their own essay contest is faring even worse.
Jeff and Tajuana Helms have received no entries for a contest to win their modular home located west of Craig on a 5-acre site.
"We're wondering if the Steamboat contest might have hurt us a little bit," said Tajuana Helms, who started the contest in February.
"We heard different people saying things about the Steamboat contest and them continuing the contest several times and people saying they didn't stand by their original regulations."
The O'Carrolls extended their deadline several times. The original deadline was Oct. 23. The contest finally ended April 30, but even then the O'Carrolls continued to wait on entries and didn't officially end the contest until May.
The Helms' 1,287-square-foot, three bedroom, two bath home comes at a much cheaper price. It's worth about $125,000. The Helms are looking for 2,500 people to send in a $50 fee.
Of course, living in Craig in a rather remote modular home would certainly be a harder sell than giving away a stone and stucco home in Ski Town USA, but still, Helms can hope.
"We're hoping a miracle can happen by the end of July," she said.
Helms said unlike the O'Carrolls, they don't plan on extending their July 31 deadline unless "it's close."
"If it's not even close, the checks will be returned," Helms said.
People interested in the contest can visit Helms' Web site at www.Craigcontest.com or call 826-4835.