KAYSVILLE -- Residents in Kaysville reported seeing a huge snowman in a front yard on Burton Lane this holiday season.
However, this isn't the first time the phenomenon has occurred. The Dickson family built "Wally" the giant snowman in their yard this year, measuring in at 12-feet tall and about 21-feet around.
"It took about four hours to build," said Stephanie Dickson. "There were probably seven of us; you just start at the base and start shoveling snow. It takes a lot of man power."
It's a family tradition their father started with his brother years ago. The tallest snowman they've built so far measured in at 15-feet tall. And the family tries to outdo themselves each year.
"It's kind of a competition between my husband and his brother," Dickson said.
Dickson said it has been about five years since they built their last huge snowman because the weather hasn't been supplying the right kind of snow.
"Somebody drove by and said, 'It's about time you're out there building another snowman!'" Dickson said. "It makes it special when we have good snow and everybody's here."
This year, her son's birthday falls during the holidays, and with the huge snowstorms that blew in the past couple of weeks, the Dicksons said it was perfect "snowman weather."
"It was my son's birthday, and he's always hoping for snow on his birthday. Since we got the 'snowman snow,' which you don't always get 'snowman snow,' we decided for his birthday, later on in the evening, about 10 o'clock to go out and build it," Dickson said.
Sometimes, the family uses wood or plexiglass to support their large snowmen. This year, they used plexiglass. They put water on the snow to help pack it down and keep it in place. And sometimes, the little ones reach the higher places easier.
"My little grandson -- he'd get on top and pack it down," Dickson said.
They use various items for the buttons, face and hat each year. This year, they spray-painted the hat and buttons, gave Wally a scarf and used wrapping paper for his smile, a vacuum extension for his nose and two cans for his eyes. His arms are made with two slabs of wood.
The Dicksons said it was fun to build "Wally" with the family again this year, since the kids are getting older and it's been awhile since they've built a large snowman in their yard. It's a fun family tradition they hope to carry on for generations to come.
"I think something like this is just family fun," Dickson said. "Traditions are what your kids remember."