The Jolly Green Giant statue that draws 10,000 visitors a year to Blue Earth city in Minnesota

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Towering over lamposts and trees with a zany smile to boot, the 55ft Jolly Green Giant statue in Minnesota is quite a sight to behold.

The bizarre roadside attraction, erected on July 6, 1979, is located just off Interstate 90 on the outskirts of Blue Earth city.

It is said to draw more than 10,000 visitors a year, with tourists stopping to pose for a photo next to the imposing 8,000lb, leaf-clad man.  

Towering over lamposts and trees with a zany smile to boot, the 55ft Jolly Green Giant statue in Minnesota is quite a sight to behold

The statue is set on an eight-foot-high concrete plinth and there is a staircase, so people can climb up and stand inbetween the giant’s legs for a comical snap. Regular licks of paint ensure it maintains its gaudy green colour.

The Jolly Green Giant is the mascot of Green Giant, the frozen and canned vegetable firm that started out in Minnesota.

However, it wasn’t the company’s idea to install the garish figurine. 

Paul Hedberg, who ran a local radio station, thought the sculpture would help attract more motorists to pass through the small city of Blue Earth. 


The bizarre roadside attraction, erected on July 6, 1979, is located just off Interstate 90 on the outskirts of Blue Earth city

The bizarre roadside attraction, erected on July 6, 1979, is located just off Interstate 90 on the outskirts of Blue Earth city

It is said to draw more than 10,000 visitors a year, with tourists stopping to pose for a photo next to the imposing 8,000lb, leaf-clad man

It is said to draw more than 10,000 visitors a year, with tourists stopping to pose for a photo next to the imposing 8,000lb, leaf-clad man

The bizarre roadside attraction, erected on July 6, 1979, is located just off Interstate 90 on the outskirts of Blue Earth city. It is said to draw more than 10,000 visitors a year, with tourists stopping to pose for a photo next to the imposing 8,000lb, leaf-clad man

He gained permission from Green Giant’s CEO to bring the company character to life but no funding was provided.

However, it took Hedberg just one week to raise the $50,000 needed thanks to a fundraising campaign.

Builders in Wisconsin began work on the fibreglass statue in 1978.

As the giant’s derriere had never been shown on the vegetable packaging, designers had to work on creating a suitable ‘behind’.  

Once finished, the giant’s body parts were transported to Blue Earth where they were glued and welded together.


According to Atlas Obscura, Blue Earth’s Jolly Green Giant was the fifth-largest free-standing statue in the U.S. when it was completed. It now stands at 50th place. 

 


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