LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) – When people look at a mound of snow, they don’t often think of vegetables. Then again, they’re not brothers David and Chris Andrews, or Scott Pauli, their cousin.

The three men took the gold medal over the weekend at the United States National Snow Sculpting Championships and the People’s Choice Award, besting 14 other sculptures.

Their 10-foot sculpture, called “Veg-Head,” had cherry tomato eyes, a peapod grin, bell pepper ears, a jalapeno nose, and a pumpkin-like top.

“Veg-head” took 30 hours to carve, Chris Andrews said.

David came up with idea, Pauli said.

As the team tried to decide what to carve, Pauli said David wondered aloud that, “If you looked at it for a while, you might see a face in the vegetables.”

“That’s basically how we came up with it,” he said.

Despite the subzero temperatures Saturday, the sculptors said they enjoyed the camaraderie and enthusiasm of the crowd.

“I heard about last year,” Chris Andrews said, referring to unseasonably warm temperatures in 2006 that caused some sculptures to disintegrate before the judging took place. “The freezing weather, this was perfect.”


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