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Hudson car dealership builds a tower of powder

Union Leader Correspondent

February 10. 2014 8:22PM
A 15-foot snowman in front of Hudson’s Bradley Motors has been attracting a lot of attention over the past week. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)

HUDSON — The owner of a Hudson car dealership was driven to build a larger-than-life snowman following last week’s winter storm.

Bradley Motors owner Joe Bradley said inspiration struck this past Thursday, when he and his staff members were plowing out the car lot after more than a foot of snow fell on the Hudson region.

“It took us about six hours to clear that lot,” Bradley said with a laugh.

Glancing over at the mountain of snow building up along Lowell Road, Bradley decided to have a bit of fun.

“I’d built giant snowmen at home with my kids a couple times,” he said. “So I figured, why not do it here too?”

With a ladder and shovel, Bradley carved out his 15-foot-tall friend over the course of three hours.

A cardboard-cutout face and tree-branch limbs, along with an enormous red scarf, were added as finishing touches.

Since then, the snowman has been capturing plenty of attention from customers, neighbors and passers-by.

“People will just pull over and take pictures,” said Bradley. “Sometimes they’ll drive by and honk. The response has been huge.”

Last weekend, a Florida couple visiting the Granite State was so impressed by the snowman they just had to pull into the parking lot to offer their compliments.

“They told me they’d never seen so much snow before,” said Bradley.

Comments continued to pour in on the dealership’s Facebook page on Monday.

“It is an awesome snowman,” Hudson resident Julie St. Louis wrote. “Makes you want to go out and make one.”

Bradley Motors employee Jeff Burke posted a snapshot of himself next to the towering snowman on his own Facebook page.

“The boss did it,” he wrote.

Bradley said he’s hoping the snowman will remain upright for a while, and with temperatures expected to remain in the 20s over the next couple days, the immediate future, anyway, appears promising.

And that is great news for local fans, since Bradley has no plans to build another snowman this winter.

“It ended up being quite a bit of work,” he said. “So I’m thinking maybe this will become a once-a-year thing.”

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