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The rise of the snowmen
Though it's the start of snowman season, this massive fellow made of round bales of hay at Dodge Farms in New Boston will likely outlast them all. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
For the next few months, the population of New Hampshire will jump exponentially as kids, and a few grown-ups here and there, get outside and build folks out of snow. In New Boston, there have been plans to create a "Snowman Alley" downtown near the gazebo in celebration of the town's 250th birthday, but Recreation Director Mike Sidoni said that it's going to take the right kind of snow to make the event possible.
An old wooden wheel is the snowman's hat, a traffic cone serves as his nose, and he has branches for arms.
Most people believe that heavy, wet snow is the best for creating snow people, but Greg Grady, who creates snow and sand sculptures for events and competitions, said any snow will work with the right techniques.
In Bedford and Laconia, the recreation departments are making fun out of building snowmen. Jane O'Brien of the Bedford Recreation Department said that beginning on New Year's Day, there will be a month-long contest to see who can build the best snowman.
In Laconia, a similar contest began on Dec. 1 and will run through March 1, said Asst. Director Amy Lovisek."You can make as many as you want between now and March," she said. "And adults can participate too. It's all about getting outside and being active."
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