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World's Tallest Snowman Made In Maine
By David Sharp, Associated Press
BETHEL , Maine (AP) — The world's tallest snowman is no
The "snowwoman" towering over this
village features eyelashes created from discarded skis
and bright red lips made from painted car tires. She
wears a giant red hat and a 100-foot-long scarf, and her
blond tresses are made from rope. She gets a little
bling from a snowflake pendant that's 6 feet long.
She's a beauty. Gotta love those
eyelashes," said Robin Zinchuk, executive director of
the local chamber of commerce and a chief instigator of
the town's offbeat project.
With the temperature in single digits,
several hundred people including busloads of
schoolchildren turned out for Friday's dedication of the
122-foot-tall mountain of snow.
This ski town of about 2,400 residents
already holds the record for tallest snowman, dedicated
in 1999. Since then, they have been waiting for someone
else to break the record. When no one rose to the
challenge, the folks here decided they'd have to break
the record themselves.
Mark Bancroft, who donated the
150-foot crane used during the project, noted that it
has been a tough winter with high fuel costs and nasty
"What does Bethel , Maine , do when it
gets tough? We build a snowman!" he said to the muffled
applause of mittens and gloves clapping together.
" Olympia ," named for Maine 's senior senator, Olympia
Snowe, stands nearly 10 feet taller than "Angus, King of
the Mountain," who was
dedicated by the town in 1999. That snowman, named for
then-Gov. Angus King, was created by the same folks
responsible for Olympia
Last year's Angus King.
Although the snowwoman's namesake was unable to attend
Friday's dedication because of her duties in Washington
, a statement was read to the crowd.
"I've joked that it's just my luck I'd
have a world record-breaking monument named after me --
and it will be gone by summer," the senator said.
It took more than a month, dozens of
volunteers and tons of snow to create Olympia . Jim
Sysko, a civil engineer, oversaw design and
To get an idea of scale, Olympia is
about 30 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty
(without the base). Her arms consist of 27-foot-tall
Her "carrot" nose, painted by
schoolchildren, is 8 feet long. Her eyes are made from
She was built with a series of
concentric circles. The crane dumped the snow into
frames, and volunteers climbed in for long hours
shoveling and packing the snow.
"The best part of it is how everyone
in town pitched in and made it happen," said volunteer
David Lynch. "It got hairy up at the top. I only made it
to 80 feet."
The final product is the talk of the town. People
especially liked the lashes created from old skis
donated from the Sunday River ski resort.
"It's the whimsy of it all. That's what makes it so
great," said Iris Roberts, of Jefferson City , Mo. , who
watched with her husband on Friday.
Angus was certified as the world's
tallest snowman by the Guinness Book of Records. It
remains to be seen if Olympia will get the nod as
tallest snowman, or snowwoman. There's currently no
separate category for snowwoman, so residents are
petitioning for one..
There was plenty of snow for the
project. Parts of Maine have had more than 100 inches of
snow this season, unlike 1999 when Angus was built.
Volunteers started with manmade snow
and then used snow piled on the runway of the municipal
airport to finish the job.
"People love it. With all this snow,
we did something good with it," said Darlene Ginsberg,
who directed traffic with one hand while holding a cup
of hot coffee in the other.
After the ceremony, local resident
Julia Reuter stepped to the microphone and led the crowd
in an impromptu singalong to the classic song, "Winter
In fact, more winter weather was on
tap for Friday night.
Alex Kaufman from Sunday River credited Olympia for
bringing the snowiest winter in 12 years.
Then he took a jab at Angus.
"Angus didn't bring squat for snow," he quipped. "In
this case, it took a woman to get it done."
Olympia's eyelashes are made
from skis and her bright red lips are painted tires..
Olympia stands nearly 10 feet taller than "Angus, King
of the Mountain," who was dedicated by the town in 1999.
Her "carrot" nose, painted by schoolchildren, is 8 feet
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