Meet "Granddaddy," the 50-foot snowman on Greg Novak's farm near Gilman, Minn., where locals are living under 4.5 feet of snow.
He worked through ice-cold temperatures and the occasional snowstorm for five weeks in the hope that his whimsical creation would make people smile.
“It’s a smile idea. Building a snowman isn’t original,” he said. “Building one this big is a little different.”
Novak made Granddaddy by blowing snow into large compartments with a silo blower, then stacking them on top of each other. He used a garbage pail for the nose and lids for the buttons.
“It’s been a long, hard winter. We might as well have fun with it. If you can’t beat it, embrace it,” he said.
[CBS Minnesota, KARE]
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