Tumbleweed snowman returns
November 27, 2018 07:28 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Placing the Tumbleweed Snowman near the I-40 is a tradition that dates back to 1995.
For most Albuquerque residents, it’s the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season.
Nolan Bennett, the field engineer for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA), said the snowman is nearly 12-foot-tall and 8-feet in diameter.
“We use an old 55-gallon drum for the hat. We use an old ax handle that broke for the nose. We use recycled material for the buttons and the eyes and the smile,” Bennett said.
He also added that it’s three-large tumbleweeds stacked together, not a lot of little ones combined as most people believe.
The snowman catches the eyes of New Mexicans and tourists from out of state.
Bennett said people will take selfies, but asks for them to be safe and also use #tumbleweedsnowman.
It will be removed on January 2, 2019.
Created: November 27, 2018 07:28 PM
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