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15-foot snowman in Hudson becoming local attraction

HUDSON – A Lowell Road car dealership has Hudson buzzing with a massive, 15-foot snowman that greets drivers with a friendly smile.

Joe Bradley, 42, owner of Bradley Motors, and built the towering snow creature using a John Deere tractor, a snowblower, a ladder and a snow shovel. ...

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HUDSON – A Lowell Road car dealership has Hudson buzzing with a massive, 15-foot snowman that greets drivers with a friendly smile.

Joe Bradley, 42, owner of Bradley Motors, and built the towering snow creature using a John Deere tractor, a snowblower, a ladder and a snow shovel.

Ron Pelletier, a manager at the dealership, said Bradley pushed snow from the snowstorm last week into a big pile and then used a snowblower to add onto the pile’s height.

When the pile was tall enough, Bradley busted out his ladder and began carving the snowman with a shovel.

“People have been stopping in and taking pictures,” Pelletier said.

“We just did it to be fun, and we’ve had such a good response.”

Pelletier said the giant snowman has become “quite the attraction,” with many families snapping pictures of their kids standing with it.

Many truckers also have recently started honking when they drive by the snowman.

Pelletier said Bradley is “thinking of making a car” the next time enough snow falls.

“Keep your eyes out for the next snowstorm,” Pelletier said.

The snowman will likely be around for a while, too. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures aren’t forecasted to get above freezing until Thursday.

But the giant snowman at Bradley Motors has some workers at the dealership on edge, concerned that other forces will step in.

“We’re worried the town will make us take it down,” Pelletier said. “That’s just how they are around here.”

Capt. Todd Hansen, of the Hudson Fire Department, said his department hasn’t received any complaints about the giant snowman since it was built.

Hansen said there was no reason his department would remove the snowman, but if there is a complaint, it would be out of his hands.

“That’s something you would have to pose to zoning,” Hansen said. “But we just drove by it and didn’t even notice it.”

Pelletier said in the event of a complaint, the snowman wouldn’t go quietly.

“We’ve already had people say that they’d sign a petition if that happens,” Pelletier said.

Bradford Randall can be reached
at 594-6557 or brandall@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Randall on Twitter (@telegraph_bradr).