A snowman named Frosty Fobbe soars 30 feet into the sky and is 20 feet wide. The snow giant has warmed the hearts of his neighbors in Buffalo and across the country with his beaming smile and charming handcrafted 100-pound top hat.
Fobbe, a construction company foreman, said in an interview that the snowman is getting “crazy” attention.
“That’s pretty cool,” said Fobbe, oblivious to the pun he was dropping.
Nearly 10,000 people viewed and photographed Frosty last weekend, Fobbe said. Some have made multiple trips.
“I love how the snowman brought so much joy to so many people during the cold months in Minnesota. said. “It’s all about the look on a person’s face when you look at him in person. His husband worked hard and I’m proud of him.”
The Minnesota native had plenty of natural materials to work with after about 15 inches of snow covered his neighborhood in mid-January. This winter, the snowfall in the area is almost double what it normally is.
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Eric Fobbe spent nearly 60 hours piling up snow with a snowplow and using temporary stairs to sculpt Frosty’s butt.
But Fobbe said the time was worth it because the snowman came out just right: Frosty the snowman has a cheerful happy smile with homemade mittens and a traffic cone nose, two eyes made of plywood. something like a song. The snowman also has a 7-yard long scarf made by Anastasia Fobbe and a 10-foot arm also made of plywood.
The Fobbs shared a photo of the family standing in front of the white giant on social media.
For the Fob family, Frosty is more than just a snowman, he’s part of the family.
“I love my daughter [Frosty]and loved helping her dad make him,” Anastasia Fobbe said.[My daughter] I love talking to people who stop by and they always take pictures for me. ”
Eric Fobbe makes sure Frosty stays plump almost every day after coming home from work. Last weekend he had to add a foot of snow to Frosty’s shrunken head.
“Even if it’s cold outside [if] When the sun comes out, he shrinks,” Fobbe said. “I’m always working there.”
Fobbe hopes that the sub-zero temperatures in Buffalo will save him from having to make too many adjustments this week.
This isn’t the first time Fobbe has brought a snow giant to the neighborhood, it’s actually the fourth time. His first snowman in 2015 he was 12 feet. The 2019 version has him growing to 20 feet and in 2021 he’s 25 feet. Fobbe said he hadn’t planned this year, but his daughter pleaded.
“It’s a lot of work, so every time I build it, I say it’s the last one. I’m sure we’ll build something bigger in the future if we get a lot of snow,” Fobbe said.
Frosty’s size isn’t a record breaker for Yukito. According to German news site Deutsche Welle, the snowman made in Australia in 2020 was about 125 feet tall. Guinness World Records lists a 122-foot snow woman made in Bethel, Maine in 2008 as the world’s tallest.