Sunday, March 9, 2008

World's Largest Snowman Record Broken

BETHEL, MAINE – The good people of Bethel have officially broken the world record for the largest snowman, previously held by them, by 9 feet. Angus, King of the Mountain was replaced in the record books by a woman named Olympia SnowWoman who weighs in at 13,000,000 lbs. of snow. 5 foot wreaths were used for eyes, 16 skis for eyelashes, 130 ft. scarf, 30 ft. spruce trees for arms and 2,000 ft. of rope for hair.

It was a whole community effort with even the local kids pitching in. Elementary school children made the "carrot" nose made of muslin, chicken wire & wood frame. The Mt. Valley Middle School in Mexico (Mexico, Maine, that is) students painted a 48 ft. circumference fleece hat. And the Mahoosuc Kids Association painted 5 red auto tires that are used for lips.

Congratulations to the town of Bethel, the new world record holder and the first entry in the March Snowman Contest, submitted by Robin Tupper. Special thanks to Robin Zinchuk at the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce for the beautiful photos and their blessing in this month's competition.

Tomorrow more entries! Yes, Today's Snowman is alittle behind schedule as a I hit the road last week randomly creating snowmen in upstate New York (if you spot any with tree snowballs sporting a funny hat, that's mine). Next week you'll meet high-brow artists; poet Darryl Price, book-artist Marc Snyder, snowman philosopher David Giacalone and more art from fellow snowman expert Sandy Kinnee (thanks to this group for patiently waiting in the green room).

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