I came by “Big Ole” in Alexandria, Minnesota. My grandson had watched a National Geographic show about the Kensington Runestone and wanted to see it. Big Ole was across the street from the Runestone Museum.
Though I have some great big love for King Neptune in Virginia Beach …. “Big Ole” gives the King a run for his money at being my favorite “big guy” on the site!
28 feet tall and weighing-in at 4 tons, Big Ole was built for the Minnesota Pavilion at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York.
Ole has been through a lot in his 40 + decades. In 1967, he survived a flaming arrow that hit a Santa costume he was wearing; and in later decades he narrowly escaped wind, ice, and snow storms. Visit Alexandria’s Big Ole History page to read all about him!