Ray Bush starts snowman tradition

NEWCOMB - Despite the slow start to this year's winter, Ray Bush of Newcomb managed to create a 20 foot snowman in his front yard on Santanoni Drive.

Three years ago, he built a towering creation at 16 feet. This year, however, he set out to beat his previous record.

"I don't know what I will do next year because this is about as tall as I can go without it falling over," he said.

After 10 hours of work with the help of an 8-foot step-ladder, and extension ladder and a shovel on the Sunday after Christmas, Bush unveiled the fruits of his labor.

"I helped out a lot," said Bush's 4-year-old stepson, Eric Ladd.

This larger than life snowman created some problems when it came to accessorizing. Bush used CDs for the buttons and lids to coffee cans for the eyes. The snowman's smile was formed from a twisted t-shirt.

"I just hope it brings a few smiles to people walking or driving by my house," said Bush. "It's really all for the kids."

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