Here’s a roadside attraction you might want to add to your summer travels if you find yourself anywhere near Wells County, Indiana.
It won’t be hard to miss: A 25-foot Minion, with 6-foot eyes.
“We’re out here in the middle of nowhere but we have traffic jams,” Kathy Stark of Ossian, Indiana, told NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio. “People are just stopping to take pictures.”
She said that helicopters have been flying low over their property, which is south of Fort Wayne.
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We’re out here in the middle of nowhere but we have traffic jams.
Kathy Stark of Ossian, Indiana
A busload of residents from a local nursing home stopped by.
A guy from a town a few miles up the road came to see it, pulling his wife and child in a cart behind his riding lawn mower.
“It just tickles me pink,” said Stark. “I just couldn’t believe the response. I knew people would love it, but I had no idea that it was going to turn out as good as it did.”
Spark said the paint job was her husband, Jim’s idea. The rusted old silo was in desperate need of a new coat and it was shaped exactly like a Minion, the chubby little stars of the “Despicable Me” movies.
“Well, my husband and I were sitting out here last fall, and after a few cocktails, he came up with the idea of painting it up like a Minion,” Stark told WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne.
“It was the perfect shape. None of the other silos in the area are shaped like this. It was the perfect size. And so we decided the grandkids would love that.”
That was the plan.
But then Jim, who was 73, died of lung cancer on Nov. 20. The end came peacefully at home, according to The Washington Post
After the busy holidays, the family decided to carry out Jim’s plan.
Fourteen gallons of bright blue and yellow paint, it is finished.
And from the attention it’s drawing on social media, it seems like the whole world has taken notice.