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Champion man’s snowman returns to State Route 126

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By Amanda Taylor

Johnson Newspapers

CHAMPION — He’s ba-ack!

The aptly named “B.A. Snowman” rose once again Feb. 22 under the careful hands of roughly 20 volunteers. Despite a late start to the season, the 30-foot towering bucket of snow will remain on State Route 126 between Carthage and Watertown until spring.

“It’s awesome because it’s huge,” exclaimed Samantha J. Biro of Port Leyden. “If I could climb it I would. I’d just need an ice pick.”

The 9-year-old was just one of close to 20 people to stop beside the driveway at Scoville’s Farm in a 30-minute timeframe March 1. Landowner Vernon A. Scoville said it was not uncommon to see as many people or more stop for photos. Especially on the weekend.

Joseph A. Godlewski of Lowville was one such person. He wanted to bring over his 3-year-old son, J. Parker Godlewski.

“We’re friends with the builders,” said Mr. Godlewski. “We didn’t get to help build this year so we figured we’d stop by.”

“It’s for a good cause and it’s fun. Everyone who helps build it has fun,” added wife, Amy L. Godlewski.

In addition to spreading cheer, the snowman also aims to spread good will. Visitors may leave canned food donations or money in his bottom button, made from an old tire. This is the second year the Scovilles have accepted food donations. Last year, they were able to bring in more than 500 pounds of nonperishable food items which were donated to the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County’s food pantry in Watertown and the Lowville Food Pantry. They look to do the same this year, setting their goal again at 500 pounds.

“We’re probably at 140, 145 pounds right now,” said Mr. Scoville. “Some people don’t know about it and they get here and feel guilty about not bringing anything, so they leave a cash donation. But it’s free.”

Any cash donations will be given to the food pantries for purchases that suit their needs.

Although the snowman is popular with the younger crowd, Vernon A. Scoville said the temporary lawn ornament draws people from all walks of life.

“I like to see the kids, and even then it’s the bigger kids. The 60- or 70-year-olds ... or kids just married or engaged wanting to get their picture with it,” said Mr. Scoville. He and his daughter, Maureen, have organized the six- to eight-hour project for six years. Last year’s snowman was 36 ft. tall. The 6-foot difference has a lot to do with the day “B.A.” was built. This year was particularly windy and cold. The higher up the group got, the worse it was. Much of the snowman’s sides are shaped from old swimming pool walls.

There was a point, Mr. Scoville said, when he did not think they’d be able to take-on building the monstrosity again. Even with plenty of snow, it was either too cold outside or the wind and winter storms were wreaking havoc. Finally, they gave in and did what they could.

Mr. Scoville intends to rock B.A. in Syracuse University gear for March Madness, as well as decorating him for St. Patrick’s Day. Eventually, he’d like to see a sign-up alongside B.A., where visitors can leave where they’re from and how many people came with them.

For updates or details about B.A. Snowman, search for the creation on Facebook.

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