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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Several neighborhoods in West Lafayette are having some fun with this recent snowfall. If you take a drive down Navajo Street and Indian Trail Drive you'll notice some interesting snow sculptures.
In addition to seeing the traditional snowman every few houses, several other homes are taking it up a notch. Some made igloos, snow forts, and even snow animals.
This is the biggest igloo in the neighborhood. The hands behind this sculpture belong to long-time West Lafayette resident Brian Bernt.
He's been creating igloos almost every snowfall since the famous Blizzard of '78, at the time he was just a kid himself.
Now kids in the neighborhood are following his tradition and creating their own fun snow displays. Bernt said it's exciting seeing the kids take on his tradition.
"I love it, to pass this on to other kids would be a great dream of mine," said Bernt. "My kids have come out and worked on it. They've grown now, my daughter's at Purdue but throughout the years they've been in the igloo."
He said he may be the one to blame for all this recent snowfall. He always hoping and wishing for weather like this as it creates the best snowy mixture for his igloos.
"I like it a lot thicker than they do and they are usually happy when they see the igloo but they're a lot happier when the snow goes away, I think," said Bernt.
There's a lot of science that goes into creating these sculptures. The snow has to be somewhat wet so it can stick together better.
So when the weather is bringing both a snow and rain combo, Bernt said that's the best texture.
In addition to creating an igloo after almost every snowfall, Bernt said he and his family also have another tradition. If the weather is warm enough, they'll have a dinner of corndogs and tater tots inside the igloo at least once.