Whaddya’ do when times are tough and things are looking dark? Why build a snowman, of course. At least that’s what the good folks in Bethel, Maine do. And, times are mighty hard in Bethel, Maine this year.
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.
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.
“Olympia” is named for Maine’s senior senator, Olympia Snowe.
It took more than a month, dozens of volunteers and tons of snow to create Olympia. Jim Sysko, a civil engineer, oversaw design and construction.
Her “carrot” nose, painted by schoolchildren, is 8 feet long. Her eyes are made from giant wreaths.
However she’s made, she’s an inspiration to all of us here in Southern California…She’s our new vision of winter “down east.”