HESPERIA, MICH. — Michiganders know one thing all too well. There are two different types of snow: good snow and bad snow. Good snow is packing snow; the kind that sticks to itself when you push it together. It makes snowball fights, igloos and snowmen a possibility.
In Hesperia, they sure know how to make a snowman. Right downtown, near the corner of North Maple Island Road and South Avenue, there's a new icon: a snowman. One you can't miss. The thing is massive, easily 20 feet high.
It was made by a group of kids who decided they wanted to give people a reason to smile.
“I thought it would be cool to spread the joy of winter,” snowman architect Brennan Schuler said.
The massive snowman was Brennan Schuler's idea. He built a smaller one across the street at the park, and when he saw how much people loved it, he thought he could do one better.
The snowman he built required the help of a plow to push the snow toward it. He and a group of a few friends even built a small staircase...so they could climb to the top to perfect the top of his head.
“Especially during COVID right now. To put smiles on people's faces,” Schuler said.
But the snowmen don't just exist north of Grand Rapids. They're all over town. From east to west, houses are adding a new addition to make people smile.
Katya Souria built a snowman in front of her house...with the same idea as the kids in Hesperia.
“It’s just a nice way to make everyone happy in COVID times,” Souria said.
It's a small way to make people smile, but it's working.
“Snowmen bring joy,” Souria said.