Texas, San Francisco, even London. Two years ago, when a North Country farmer decided to build a 35 foot snowman, it made news across the world. Last year, there wasn't enough snow to build one. But after last week's storm, Vern Scoville and his friends and family got back at it. As our Brian Dwyer reports, this year's creation is not only bigger than ever, but doing some good for the community.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- There's just no way to miss him. Route 126 in the Town of Champion, Vern Scoville is back at it.
Two years ago he built a giant snowman 35 feet tall. After international headlines and community demand after last winter without one thanks to a lack of snow, the giant snowman is back now bigger than ever at 36-and-a-half feet.
"It's quite a thing," Scoville said. "It's unreal the people that'll stop and get their picture taken. It's just fun to watch."
The snowman is aptly nicknamed B.A. for its height. We'll let your imagination figure that out. He used cow mats for a hat, a road cone for a nose and tires for buttons.
B.A. came to life this weekend with the help of some heavy machines. About 30 people meeting at Vern's farm this past Saturday to help build him.
"I got a crawler," Scoville said. "I got two tractors out there that are loading dump trailers. I got a hay elevator that we modified up to take the snow better this year."
"Oh I'm sweating pretty hard right now, I can tell you," Max Makuch, one of Scoville's friends said during the construction. "Every year Vern, he's got the knack of making things bigger and better every year."
A lot of hard work that Scoville's friends say is absolutely worth it when they see the number of people who enjoy it.
"It's very impressive,"aAnother of Scoville's friends, Jeff Berrus, said. "The amount of people it brings. Each year it gets bigger and bigger."
And because B.A. has become such a popular part of this community, Scoville has decided to pay it forward. When folks stop by for a picture, they can also bring a canned food item and drop it off at the snowman's lowest button, a tire, and Scoville will donate the food to pantries all over Jefferson and Lewis counties.
"I just think it's good that somebody else can benefit from this."
The donations will only get bigger as B.A.'s fame does. Already the Travel Channel has called, hoping B.A. can be featured in two different Christmas Specials set to air in December.
Scoville says he's already collected more than 65 pounds of food in just a few days and this spring, when B.A. starts to melt away, he'll total up the weight and he and his friends will deliver the food to those pantries.