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Boughton, DOT moving forward on plans for Uncle Sam to stand at rest area

A 38-foot tall Uncle Sam statue is being stored in a Danbury Airport hangar for restoration work.  Now that the City of Danbury has purchased the Danbury Fair memorabilia, the question becomes where will it be displayed. 

Mayor Mark Boughton wants the largest Uncle Sam statue in the world to be located at the I-84 exit 2 rest area.   He met with the state Department of Transportation recently and says it went well.  There is some more paperwork required, but Boughton says the new administration is not adverse to the idea. 

A GoFundMe page had been set up by Boughton to buy the memorabilia back from Magic Forest Amusement Park.   It took in $3,185 from 45 donors in three months.  Crews from the Danbury Public Works Department headed to Lake George in December to pick up the fiberglass structure, which once greeted visitors of the Danbury Fair.  

A pad for the statue to stand on has been engineered and the former owner donated wrought iron fencing.  The statue will likely require wires anchoring it to the ground since it is so tall. 

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. 

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Dave Rinelli

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