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Giant Park to get Giant musical instruments

By Staff | Dec 22, 2019

The same large musical instruments which are located in Arnold’s Park in Iowa, will soon be at Giant Park in Blue Earth.

Giant Park in Blue Earth will have a new feature this coming spring, and it won’t be new Sprout statues.

Instead, it will be a group of six musical instruments which visitors are welcome to make music with.

The oversized music makers will be set in concrete and are sturdy percussion style instruments.

And it is all a gift from the “father of the Green Giant,” Paul Hedberg.

Hedberg, who is the former owner of the KBEW radio station in Blue Earth, is the person who had the idea of creating the Green Giant statue, and who raised the money from local businesses to fund the project.

Now he has this new idea.

“I donated a similar set of these musical instruments to Arnolds Park in Okoboji, Iowa, about five or six years ago,” Hedberg says. “And they have been very well accepted there. So, I thought, maybe they would be a real nice addition to have at Giant Park in Blue Earth.”

Hedberg told his plan to former Blue Earth mayor Rob Hammond, and Hammond told Hedberg about the new Blue Earth Community Foundation.

“So I am donating the funds to the foundation and they will be purchasing the instruments,”?Hedberg explained.

The deal is already done, and the instruments should arrive in Blue Earth after the first of the year. They will be put into storage until spring. The plan is to have them all installed by Memorial Day at the latest.

“I think they will be a great new feature at Giant Park and be another draw to the Giant,” Hedberg says. “They are high quality and well made.”

He says the people at Arnolds Park tell him the instruments are a tremendous hit and people stop and play them all the time.

“And not just young people,” he says. “The Arnolds Park people say they are surprised how many adults play them too, even grandpas and grandmas.”

The instruments in Iowa have stood up well, and only the mallets which are used to play them have needed to be replaced. They come with covers for the winter months.

Hedberg, who had lived in Naples, Florida, for the last 30 years after retiring from the radio business, recently moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area, to be near his daughter.

Members of the BECF board have gotten permission from the city for the items to be in the park.