John and Dawson Black of Wilton use the family tractor to make a giant snowman Thursday, April 9, during the latest snowstorm. Submitted photo

WILTON — Last week found a family tractor belonging to John and Corey Black being used in new ways.

This snowman was created using the family tractor by John and Dawson Black of Wilton Thursday, April 9. Submitted photo

Thursday evening, April 9, during the latest spring snowstorm, John Black and his son, Dawson, used the tractor to create a giant snowman in their yard.

Monday Corey Black said, “(Daughter) Marah and I were yelling from the kitchen that his hat’s going to fall off.”

She said the head stayed on until this morning.

“I went out, pushed on it a couple of times,” Corey Black said. “It was pretty sturdy.”

Friday afternoon the Blacks had that tractor and one owned by their business, New England Hemp Institute, at the entrance to Wilson Stream Business Park (the former tannery) on Routes 2 and 4 to welcome Larry Lord home. Marah and Dawson Black and Owen Soucy, also of Wilton, sat in the bucket holding signs as Lord was escorted home.

Corey Black said, in regards to social distancing, her adult children have been working on the farm all along. Agricultural activities are considered essential during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday afternoon, April 10, members of the Black family and agricultural employees brought tractors to the entrance of Wilson Stream Business Park (the former tannery) on Routes 2 and 4 to welcome home Larry Lord. Pictured from left in the bucket are Marah Black, Owen Soucy and Dawson Black. In the tractor is Vinnie Samolis (Director of Cultivation at the New England Hemp Institute). Submitted photo

“We thought it would be a nice gesture, a fun way to add to the procession,” she said. “The firemen liked our tractors. They were yelling out ‘Hi John!’ right from the firetrucks.”

John Black of Wilton sits in a tractor parked in front of the Wilson Stream Business Park (the former tannery) for Larry Lord’s homecoming. Submitted photo


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