Green Giant Statue Park, Blue Earth

4.3
#47 of 269 in Parks in Minnesota
Green Giant and Le Sueur are brands of frozen and canned vegetables owned by B&G Foods. The company's mascot is the Jolly Green Giant.Company and brand historyThe Minnesota Valley Canning Company was founded in 1903 in Le Sueur, Minnesota. It used the brand name "Le Sueur Z" for canned vegetables starting in 1903; "Le Sueur" by itself was first used in 1933.The brand "Green Giant Great Big Tender Peas" was first used in 1925, and the figure of a giant was introduced three years later by Carly Stanek (Bingum). The brand was created in response to the discovery of a new variety of pea, the Prince of Wales: they were, as Martin Sloan relates, "oblong, wrinkled, and, as peas go, huge. Despite their size, they were tender, and had a special flavor and sweetness that couldn't be matched. The company went to the brands for which it canned and found that none of them wanted to sell the new peas. So Minnesota Valley decided to sell them under its own label. Rather than apologize for the size of the peas, they decided to emphasize it. They named the peas 'Green Giant.'" The original mascot had very little in common with the familiar green figure of today: he was a scowling caveman wearing a bearskin rather than foliage (this original concept actually owed much to a dark Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "Der Bärenhäuter" – "Bearskin"). In 1935 a young copywriter, Leo Burnett, revised the face of the brand: "he traded the bearskin for a leafy suit, gave the Giant a smile...and put the word 'Jolly' in front of the Giant's name." The Giant made his first television appearances in 1954, and was later voiced by Elmer Dresslar, Jr. The booming "Ho, ho, ho" became the Giant's signature tagline in 1961. Since 1972 he has had a young apprentice, the Little Green Sprout, who represents the consumer.The company was renamed to the Green Giant Company in 1950. In 1979 it merged with the Pillsbury Company; in 2001, the group was acquired by General Mills. In 2015, General Mills sold the brand to B&G Foods for $765 million in cash.
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  • Whether you are driving through Blue Earth on Highway 90 or just laying around in the cities looking for something to do, this is a destination worthy of getting in your car and driving to for a bit o...  more »
  • Worth a quick stop to see plus there is a DQ for food/drink/rest stop. Right off of I-90 and US 169.  more »
  • Right off of I-90. If you are driving by, you MUST stop! Stretch your legs and pose for the great photo ops.  more »
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  • Ho ho ho, Green giant! Love the childhood memories evoked by frozen food commercials. A 50' high fiberglass likeness sits in the middle of a small park in the middle of nowhere. We found this gem with a travel app on a cross country trip. Totally worth getting off the highway and getting a photo. My kids think I'm crazy, but I think they enjoyed it too.
  • Love this place, I certainly here as a child and when my friends and I were in our way home from the electric forest we stopped in and took some pictures! Open 24/7 great place to make some memories! There is a bathroom but I'm pretty sure it was a Port-a-John 😵
  • The statue was great! It was huge and in great condition and well maintained. The only downfall was there really was nothing else nearby. Only a few fast food joints. But worth the look if your headed through!
  • I live here so I have to give it 5 stars right :). This is a fun little place to stop at if you are just passing through. If you are local then seeing this once might be good enough for a bucket list check. The little store they have is great for trinkets/souvenirs as well. It is close by a couple of fast food chains (Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Subway).
  • It was fun seeing this. Kinda makes you feel like a kid and I couldn't help but song the slogan from tv.
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