SHREWSBURY – Snowmen filled the yards of Shrewsbury homes this past weekend as the town’s Parks and Recreation department held a snowman building contest.
The winners were Daksh and Eva Shrivastava, who won a snowman kit for the next snow storm.
“When we saw there was going to be a snow day, we decided, ‘Hey, let’s do a snowman competition’ and see what kind of response we get from the residents,” Superintendent of Public Facilities and Parks Angela Snell told the Community Advocate on Monday.
The competition, she explained, was about residents getting outside and making a snowman.
The Shrewsbury Public Schools and other districts in the region closed school for the day for a storm that ended up dropping well over six inches of snow across the region.
The town and Shrewsbury schools advertised the competition. As of the morning of Jan. 10 which was the day the competition closed, the department had received submissions from 80 families. And the photos were still coming in.
“I never expected that much response,” Snell said. “We had a couple people even say, ‘This is our first time building a snowman.’ We’re glad that residents got outside and played in the snow and were very creative.”
The Shrivastavas dressed their creation with jewelry and a headscarf.
One family made their snowman ready for a luau — dressed in a hula skirt and leis. Another had a snowman skier who crashed with his skis stuck out of the snow, and one person built Snoopy laying under an umbrella.