BELLEVUE, WI, USA -- Paul Steckert and 25 of
his friends had built 'TheBigloo'- laid out
like the traditional Inuit shelter- measuring 27 feet, 4 inches
(8.3 metres) wide and 17 feet , 6 inches (5.3 metres) high,
according to a qualified surveyor - setting the new world
record for the Largest
"I think we were all really relieved,"
says group leader Paul Steckart. "We broke out some champagne,
had a couple drinks and kind of just sat there and stared
at it." To build the new world's
Largest Igloo , it's taken 75 days, three feet
of snow and 25 people to complete, and is lovingly being called
the "Bigloo."The world's
Largest Igloo was built under the supervision of
engineers and scientists.
"We put the flag up there just to represent
the United States so everybody knows where it was built that
sees pictures," explained Steckert.
Steckert says a crew of about 20 took
nine weeks to build the world's
Largest Igloo, which has its own name. "I'm not
exactly sure where the term came from. There was just a bunch
of people sitting around and they're like 'Let's break a world
record and we'll call it the Bigloo," said Stephanie Donohue,
who worked on the project.
Steckert and friends built an igloo last winter,
but decided to go for a record
breaking igloo this winter. They made some plans, and
with a snowblower, a sled, a recycle bin and a lot of physical
labor, built the bigloo.
It's an igloo that break the previous
world record for the Largest
Igloo, held by a group in Canada. "We blew 'em out
of the water," Steckert says of the competition. "The
previous one was 25' 9" of inside diameter. And it
was 13' 8" tall. Ours is 27', 4"inside diameter and it's 17'