|Nite to Unite, Windom Courthouse Lawn|
I was surprised to see that through mostly community donations the $26,000 statue was revealed during Riverfest in 1993. Man, I remember that day. I was 11 years old, and of course among my 11 year old friends at the annual Riverfest celebration, and this giant thing standing so tall and mighty next to an 11 year old was covered with what looked like black tarp. I was pretty excited to see what was under all that tape and plastic, and I can still feel my excitement and anticipation. As the cover slowly came off, and I mean slowly, there it was, Mr. Larry Buhler, a smiling football player. Just a smiling football player. I'd have to admit, his helmet and football gave it away that he was such. Now forgive me if I wasn't more excited, remember, I was only eleven and among other 11 year old friends. But thinking about it today, I guess I didn't know what to expect.
|The smiley football player.|