Friday, July 25, 2014

Snowman towers over onlookers

GILMAN, Minn.—A farmer in Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter’s excess.
Greg Novak said he’s invested hundreds of hours to build a 15-metre (50-foot) snowman named “Granddaddy” that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums.

And he admitted it has some neighbours questioning his sanity.
Granddaddy began to take shape earlier this winter when the Gilman farmer needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses.
“As long as you’re moving it, might as well do something practical with it,” Novak reasoned.
Friends and family pitched in to help with Granddaddy, or to do farm chores while Novak worked on building the snowman.
Novak used skid loaders to pile snow and a silage blower to direct snow into stacked cylinders, the St. Cloud Times reported.
Gerald and Diane Harbarth were among the amused onlookers Sunday. They drove more than 70 miles from Brownton to get a look at the mammoth snowman.
The Harbarths learned about Granddaddy on a television news report, but craning their necks to see it in person was something else entirely.
“This is unreal,” Gerald Harbarth said.
For Novak, that was the whole point of creating Granddaddy.
“It puts a smile on people’s faces,” he remarked.
“When people smile, you know you’ve done a good thing.”
Granddaddy is but a mere child compared to efforts in the small community of Bethel, Maine in 2008.
Residents there claim the world record for the tallest snowperson—a 37-metre (122-foot) snowwoman named Olympia after the state’s then-U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe.

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