Minnesota Wonders

Blue Earth’s Green Giant

I love how small towns always surprise me. Just off Interstate 90 in far southern Minnesota, Blue Earth delivers affordable family fun for a day trip or weekend getaway.

Blue Earth’s Green Giant

Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

Back in 1978, radio host Paul Hedberg interviewed people passing through Blue Earth on their summer vacations. At the end of the interview, he would give them a can of Green Giant vegetables as a thank-you gift. People would always ask him, “Where’s the Green Giant?” This gave Paul the idea of building a green giant. After getting permission from the Green Giant Company, he organized local business people in the area to fund the project. In 1979, the Blue Earth community erected the Jolly Green Giant sculpture. Constructed out of fiberglass, it measures 55 feet tall and weighs 8,000 pounds! The giant is located on Giant Drive, just off Highway 169 by the fairgrounds.

Outdoor Fun

Campground in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Campground at Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth, Minnesota

You can camp along the Blue Earth River at the Faribault County Fairground for FREE! There are electric hookups, a picnic shelter, a 3 mile walking/biking trail and public bathrooms and showers. Bring your bat and glove and play baseball at the fairground’s baseball diamond. Finally, you can view several historical buildings owned by the Faribault Historical Society. While they are only open inside during the Faribault County Fair, they are still beautiful to look at and you can learn the history behind them by clicking on the “Buildings” tab at the Faribault County Historical Society website.

When we visited Blue Earth, we took time to play at Putnam Park. It’s a beautiful park which features a nine hole frisbee golf course, a playground, tennis courts, basketball court, picnic areas, and the Blue Earth City Pool.

Frisbee golf at Putnum Park, Blue Earth, Minnesota

Frisbee Golf at Putnum Park, Blue Earth, Minnesota

Blue Earth City Pool

Blue Earth City Pool

Museums and Historic Places

Besides the historical buildings at the fairgrounds, the Faribault County Historical Society operates a museum at the James B. Wakefiled House. Learn about the early history of Faribault County and the people who founded the city of Blue Earth.
Attached to the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce building, you will find the Giant Museum. Step back in time and learn about the Green Giant Canning Company. The museum features the largest collection of Jolly Green Giant memorabilia in the world.

Giant Museum in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Giant Museum in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Useful Links

Upcoming Events

  • Giant Days– a community celebration featuring food vendors, fireworks, fun run, classic car show, parade, and music. July 10-11, 2015.
  • Faribault County Fair– July 21-25, 2015

 

Thanks for Reading!

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Family Fun in the city of Blue Earth in southern Minnesota.

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  • Ann Gettis

    This is wonderful, Teresa!! I love learning about what we have here in MN. 🙂 Can i sign up to receive your blog in email? I don’t see a place to do that. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Thanks Ann! I am working on getting a blog email signup…so new at this! I will let you know when it is ready. Thanks for reading!

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