50-FOOT SNOWMAN: Meet Granddaddy of Gilman, Minn. - KMSP-TV

50-FOOT SNOWMAN: Meet Granddaddy of Gilman, Minn.

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His name is Granddaddy, and the snowman that began as a short pile of snow that simply needed to be moved after a greenhouse roof collapsed is now drawing plenty of people out to gawk in sub-zero temperatures.

"I think everyone in the world should see it!" exclaimed 8-year-old Daniel Kroska.

In just one hour on Monday evening, a dozen carloads of families stopped along Benton County Road 3 in Gilman, Minn., to get a first-hand look at Greg Novak's 50-foot snowman.

"I just want to give him a big giant hug," Kroska told Fox 9 News when explaining why he tried to climb the giant snowman just minutes earlier.

Granddaddy stands approximately 30 feet taller than Novak's first frosty project.

"Twenty years ago when I made the last one, my nieces and nephews never saw it," Novak said. "Now, they have one tangible that they can get a picture in front of."

For his visitors, Granddaddy serves a noble purpose.

"I thought, 'We're not somewhere warm this week; we might as well enjoy the cold.' So, here we are," smiled Jeannie Vogel.

Valerie Timm told FOX 9 that simply looking at photos of Granddaddy wasn't enough for her. She needed to see him in person.

"It's breathtaking,"Timm said.

The cold, towering figure has even kindled some academic curiosity among onlookers.

"I'm amazed at the engineering of it. I would love to see how he did it!" admitted Jeff Vogel.

Novak told Fox 9 News it took nearly 5 weeks of labor, and involved an elevator, a silage blower and re-purposed farming materials.

"Granddaddy's arms are a 61-foot grain elevator. An augur they used to be," Novak said with a smile. "The eyes are plywood -- 4 feet wide by 6 feet high. The nose is a 55-gallon barrel, the smile is like ,10 feet wide. The scarf is about 80 feet long, the broom is about 35 feet high, the buttons are garbage can covers."

Those trash can buttons found a fan in Adam Timm, and it's clear the work Novak put in has made a lasting impression that lifts the mood.

"If you can't beat the winter, embrace it," he urged.

As for what's next for the creative farmer turned architect?

"Las Vegas!" Novak exclaimed.

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