Danbury Fair’s Uncle Sam is on his way home to Danbury
DANBURY — An iconic piece of Danbury history is on its way home Thursday afternoon.
The gigantic, 38-foot-tall Uncle Sam that once overlooked the Danbury Fair is strapped to a flatbed truck and barreling down Interstate 87 from its long-time home at the Magic Forest family amusement park in Lake George, N.Y.
The homecoming has been a pet project of Mayor Mark Boughton this year, who envisions Uncle Sam standing over the highway welcome center at Exit 2 on Interstate 84, greeting the tens of thousands motorists who pass through Danbury every day.
Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola led a crew to the amusement park Wednesday and they used a massive crane to lower him onto the truck early Thursday morning.
“People have been pretty excited,” Iadarola said. “They’re pretty excited about him coming back. I just think it’s great. It’s such a patriotic-feeling project, and I think it’s nice people are embracing it.”
Uncle Sam will make a brief stop at the commuter parking lot on Exit 1 on I-84 around 3 p.m. Thursday before heading to a hangar at the Danbury Airport for restoration during the winter.
This story will be updated.