GRAFTON - The jolly, happy soul greeting folks travelling between Berwick and Coldbrook along Highway 101 started off as a special holiday gesture for Melanie Best’s young daughter.
But it didn’t take long for Frosty the Snowman’s fan base to grow.
“It’s kind of neat because people just love him and he’s… something so simple,” said Best.
“I just did it purely for entertainment. I didn’t really think about anybody else except my own daughter.”
Frosty first appeared in a field adjacent to Best Farms in Grafton last year. He’s made out of materials used around the farm, and built with a few sets of helping hands.
“Now that we have a farm by the highway I thought it would be an awesome opportunity,” said Best, who fondly remembers her parents putting a large Santa and snowman up at the end of their street years ago.
“Everybody can enjoy it.”
Her own daughter, now two years old, lights up with glee at the sight of the tall snowman fashioned out of large silage bales, used plastics and paint.
“She quite loves this Frosty.”
Best, who is not on social media, often hears of positive comments others make about the snowman through friends. Submitted photos of Grafton’s one-of-a-kind Frosty have even been featured on The Weather Network’s website.
“He makes quite a great conversation piece… we put it up and it was a huge hit,” she said.
Best sees Frosty as a reminder of the simple ways to spread a little joy around the holidays.
“It’s kind of neat because it doesn’t cost me a dime to make him - it’s just stuff we already have.”
There’s no need for despair when the winter weather passes and the snowman is packed away. If all goes as planned, Best is fairly certain locals can count of Frosty coming back again someday.
“I think it’s great,” she said.