Grandaddy Snowman
50-foot snowman named Grandaddy (pourmecoffee/YouTube)

The Granddaddy of All Snowmen

Minnesota farmer constructs 50-foot snowman

Grandaddy Snowman

Just as Michelangelo saw a statue in a block of marble, Minnesota farmer Greg Novak saw a 50-foot snowman in the pile of snow he’d accumulated on his property.

As the St. Cloud Times reports, Novak spent almost five weeks and hundreds of hours constructing what he calls Granddaddy. He utilized a skid loader and a silage blower to stack snow nearly five stories tall. Friends and family pitched in either to help build the snowman or do farm chores while Novak worked.

Gilman, Minnesota, received almost double the average monthly snowfall during January and February. When the roof to one of Novak’s greenhouses collapsed, he began moving snow away from structures, and that snow pile was transformed into the snowman he named Granddaddy.

“As long as you’re moving it, might as well do something practical with it,” Novak told the Associated Press.

“This is unreal,” Gerald Harbarth—who traveled 70 miles to see the mammoth snowman—told the Associated Press.

Granddaddy, however, is a midget compared to Olympia, a 122-foot snowman constructed in Bethel, Maine, in 2008 and claims the world record for largest snowman.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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