Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's plan to buy a 38-foot tall Uncle Sam statue, which once stood at the Danbury Fair, has entered its next phase. The statue was bought by the Magic Forest Amusement Park in Lake George in 1981, and Boughton has now started a GoFundMe page to buy it back.
Donations raised through the crowd funding campaign will help with the purchase, transport, and restoration of the statue. The goal is to raise $50,000.
Several possible locations for the statue are being considered. Since it is so tall, it will likely require wires anchoring it to the ground.
Boughton wants to find a location where people coming into Danbury can see the statue, similar to how drivers entering Waterbury can see the Cross. He noted that this is the digital age and so it can't be located somewhere that would be dangerous for selfie-seekers.
Boughton has secured a donation from a local corporation and an in-kind donation from a local family-owned company to help with installation and lighting, because the statue will be lit up 24-7. A company to help with hauling has also been lined up. The Public Works Department is designing a pad for it to stand on and the current owner is donating wrought iron fencing.
Boughton is hoping to be able to go up to Lake George at the end of November to pay for and bring home the statue. Then, around 4th of July, have an unveiling at a big event celebrating the fair.