Winston-Salem man builds 15-foot snowman with his neighbors

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As a winter wonderland settled Wednesday night on Winston-Salem, many were content to watch the torrent of snowflakes from the comfort of their homes. Not Harold Beaty, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Neighbors help construct a snowman at Harold Beaty's house Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Beaty is known throughout the neighborhood for constructing tall snowmen when it snows. (Left photo: Walt Unks/Journal, right photo: Jenny Drabble/Journal)

Neighbors help construct a snowman at Harold Beaty’s house Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Beaty is known throughout the neighborhood for constructing tall snowmen when it snows. (Left photo: Walt Unks/Journal, right photo: Jenny Drabble/Journal)

Beaty, 52, bundled up and raced outside to get started on his annual mission: to build the tallest snowman possible. It was long past midnight when he stopped and, after a quick nap, he was at it again, determined to get a few more hours in before heading off to work.

“In the South, you only get snow maybe once a year and within 24 hours it’s all gone,” said Beaty, who was born in North Carolina and also has lived in Texas and Florida. “Even if it’s midnight, you have to accommodate your schedule for the snow.”

After work, Beaty — with help from his neighbors — continued building the snowman on the lawn of his home on Century Oaks Lane, reveling in the 5 inches of snow received between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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