Salem mom captures winning vacation moment with video
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | August 12. 2013 9:13PM
Five-year-old Chloe Brotherton had the starring role in her mother Sara’s home video, “Penguin Slide.” The video took first place in the national contest recently hosted by the NH Lakes Region Tourism Association, earning the entire Brotherton family a free weeklong vacation. (COURTESY)
Having her 5-year-old daughter, Chloe Brotherton, star in the film was a no-brainer for Sara Friedrich, who learned about the New Hampshire Lakes Region Tourism Association’s “What Would You Do for a Vacation in the Lakes Region?” national video contest via the organization’s Facebook page.
But as it turns out, the perfect moment arrived at random.
“We were at a Fourth of July cookout and the kids were playing in the pool,” Friedrich said. “I said, ‘this is it.’”
The contest ran for the month of July, with people asked to submit their short, homemade videos online. Dozens of videos were posted on the Lakes Association’s website, with winners determined by viewers’ votes.
Chloe was reportedly quite excited about her role in the winning video.
“She keeps jumping up and down screaming ‘we won, we won!’” her mother said with a laugh. “This is huge for our family, because being a stay-at home mother we don’t have the chance to go away very often.”
Earning second place in the contest was Indiana resident Scott Spurlock, who shaved off the beard he’s had since high school for a chance at winning a free vacation.