Streetsboro--After nearly two weeks of braving frigid temperatures, rain and warm fronts, a snowman called Frosty still stands nearly 13 feet, 5 inches tall in the Zanoskaar family's front yard at 151 Route 303.
Betty Zanoskaar's son, Connor Zanoskaar, builds his mother a snowman every winter with the help of his friends and family. Betty says the snowmen are usually average in size, but this year Connor used an assortment of tools and materials to build his mother something special.
"Whenever they're bored I tell them to build me a snowman, so they do," Betty said. "I have [multiple sclerosis] so I can't go out and build one myself."
Betty says the three main builders are her son and his two friends, Brandon Konik and Tyler Calhoun all ranging from 20 to 22-years-old. However, she said other friends and family stopped at different times to help build Frosty.
The builders spent about ten hours constructing and decorating the snowman with two tractors, multiple wooden frames and many buckets full of snow. After calculating the bucket size, the amount of snow in the buckets and the number of buckets used, Betty's husband, a math teacher, estimates Frosty weighs 19 tons.
"If they had a taller tractor, Frosty would be taller. They were trying to find a dump truck to transport all the snow. Maybe they'll use a horse next year," Betty said laughing. "It's just fun."
Frosty is made out of an assortment of materials. His hat is made of a truck tire, two quad tires and a black bucket. Frosty's pipe is made out of a potato shooter built with PVC pipes that are zip-tied in a plastic tablecloth and painted with black spray paint. Grape vines wrapped in black landscaping fabric make up his scarf; a floatation noodle fastened with landscaper pins forms his mouth; plastic pots act as his eyes, nose and buttons; and his arms are made of pine tree branches.
"He's just like the [real] Frosty. He comes to life when you look at him. He looks like a happy snowman," Betty said. "As a mom, it was really heart-warming to see that everyone wanted to help, and everyone was just having fun. They're the kind of kids to do this. They're just hard-working kids always looking for creative things to do."
Betty says the snowman is packed tightly with snow, and the weather worked to his advantage in making him a solid ice block.
Frosty may still stand to greet those who pass by into the warmer months, she added.
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