DANBURY, CT — The rumors are true: the statue of Uncle Sam is coming home to Danbury.
Before there was a Danbury Fair Mall, there was a Danbury Fair, and those festivities were presided over by a 38-foot statue of Uncle Sam. The colossus held court in the city from 1971 to 1981, at which time it was purchased by the Magic Forest Amusement Park in Lake George, NY.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has not kept his desire to reclaim the icon a secret, and today took to Twitter to announce that the Big Man was finally on his way back:
The statue was hauled onto a flatbed Thursday morning and is expected home before nightfall.
Sam will need a little love before before he is settled into his permanent and yet-to-be-disclosed new digs in the city. Restoration of the statue is scheduled for this winter.
The restoration of the world's largest Uncle Sam statue will be performed in a hangar at the Danbury Airport, according to the News Times.
Photo via Danbury Public Works/@MayorMark Twitter feed