Updated 01/31/2011 06:13 PM
Giant snowman drawing big crowds to North Country home
It's one of the joys for kids during the winter: Rolling up the snow and making a snowman. But one Jefferson County man is taking it to a whole new level. Our Brian Dwyer has the incredible pictures and just how popular it's become.
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CHAMPION, N.Y. -- CHAMPION, N.Y. -- Driving along Route 126 in Champion, you can't miss it. It's huge.
"Somebody said something about how they saw one on the internet so high, 15 feet or something," said the snowman's builder, Vernon Scoville. "I said we can do better than that."
And boy did they. Scoville and his friends and family have been building giant snowmen for a few years now. But this year, they reached new heights, to the tune of 35 feet.
They named him B.A., and we'll have to let you figure that one out, but yes, there was a lot of heavy lifting involved.
"Twenty of us working and we had trucks going back and forth with dump trailers bringing snow to us," Scoville said about the work. "We had a guy pushing it up to another guy that's snow blowing it out to the elevator. There were probably eight people up on the snowman shoveling around it and packing it."
We're sure you've heard about Frosty and his corn cob pipe, button nose and two eyes made out of coal. But B.A. has racing tires for buttons, oil barrel lids for eyes, a road cone for a nose and get this, a swimming pool for a top hat. Yes, a swimming pool.
"That's what a lot of this stuff is," Scoville said. "Things we don't use anymore and we kind of recycle it. If that's what you want to call it."
And a lot of people are getting their own look. Dozens upon dozens of people, from all over the state, stop by for a picture or two.
"Tremendous I think," Carthage resident Anna Farr said. "Great."
"I've never seen anything like this before," Richard Clement, also of Carthage, added. "Just the one he had up here last year, but this here is bigger and it's real nice."
"I wish we had a counter out here," Scoville said laughing. "It would be comical to see how many people stop. This is unreal."
Of course, Scoville says it's those people that make all the work worth it.
Scoville says about 50 people in all helped build the snowman this year. He wants to thank them all because he says he couldn't have done it alone.