A 'Capitol' idea: But snowman-building contest draws only one entry

Abigail Nahlik, left, Roger Moss and Rhiannon McKee work together to build a large snowman in the downtown area on the northwest corner of High and Jefferson Streets.

Abigail Nahlik, left, Roger Moss and Rhiannon McKee work together to build a large snowman in the downtown area on the northwest corner of High and Jefferson Streets. Photo by Julie Smith.

A massive snowman-building contest turned out to be a gathering of three dedicated builders on the southeast corner of the Capitol lawn Friday.

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The finished product.

Jefferson City Realtor Beth McGeorge led the charge by posting the contest on her Facebook page Thursday.

Word spread via friends and fans — the contest was posted on the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau page, as well.

But after three days of being buried in the snow, many people were either already back to work or too tired of the fluffy white mass to want to play in it.

Roger Moss, Rhiannon McKee and Abigail Nahlik ventured out anyway.

Moss is an Army recruiter, and McKee and Nahlik are Jefferson City High School teachers, still out of school because of the weather.

“What else are people doing? They’ve already watched every movie and read every book they own, and they’ve cleaned the house,” the trio joked as they packed another bucket full of snow onto their growing snowman.

Construction was slow due to the dry, fluffy snow — not ideal for packing or rolling into snowballs.

Eventually the lone contest participants won by default as they finished their snowman, which sported a light blue scarf and tree-branch arms.

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