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Where in the Hudson Valley Contest: “Groovy Giant” Statue


Anchored to a telephone pole and protected by a “No Trespassing” sign, this big brute wears a tie-dyed shirt and glow stick necklace. But before slithering into his patched jeans, this circa-1960s statue flaunted lumberjack attire while portraying an axe-wielding Paul Bunyan at Connecticut’s Great Danbury Fair. Ever versatile, he also stood sentinel outside an Albany brake and muffler shop, and both a Jeep dealership and ice cream joint in Monticello. Crafted from fiberglass by a California company, he — like so many other versions now lost — originally brought a dose of advertising amusement to gas station customers.

Today he resides somewhere far more pastoral than his former diesel-tinged abode. Do you know the name of this statue, and where he calls home? Submit your answer using the form below. The first reader with the correct response wins a prize. Good luck!

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