WABENO - It was moving day for Larry the Logroller.
The iconic fiberglass statue that symbolizes Wabeno was damaged over the winter by a logging crew.
Now he has been repaired, and Thursday he hit the road.
Now, the Forest County community plans to welcome Larry home.
With a shiny blue hat and oversized boots, Larry the Logroller was ready to hit the road.
"Last minute preparations. I was getting his suspenders done. And his buttons on his shirt. And then get his head on yesterday. Touched him up," said Ron Piontek, Piontek Auto Body.
It has been a tough year for Larry. The statue was damaged in January when a tree fell on it, cracking Larry into three pieces. Ron Piontek vacations in Wabeno and knows Larry well. He says he has spent hundreds of hours putting the statue back together.
"Got him on, and we're ready to roll," said Piontek.
It's 108 miles from Piontek's auto body shop in Denmark to Larry's northwoods home. Piontek says he is proud of his work.
"This was a challenge because you had to make what wasn't there. The original picture, there was no right shoulder, there was his chest busted. The legs were busted. He had head damage," said Piontek.
But as the 21-foot icon cleared the hill into Wabeno,
"I hope nobody runs into the ditch, because I feel responsible when they see it coming down the road," said Piontek.
A police escort made it clear for all, that Larry had made it home.
"This man is one of the greatest," said Larry Rummel, Wabeno Park Board.
"I think he's never looked as good as he does right today. Just standing tall, almost," said Lloyd Fulcer, Wabeno.
Larry isn't the only landmark in need of repair. It was just about a year ago high winds leveled the band shell in the town's park.
"Concrete has already been poured. There's a beautiful stamped finish on it, and we figure we'll start after the first of June," said Rummel.
Meanwhile, Larry's reception was short-lived. The icon was trucked to an undisclosed location, to be prepped for the "official" welcome home.
The dedication for Larry and a fundraiser for the band shell will be a Saturday, May 25th at the Wabeno Town Park.
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