Ohio farm silo transformed into 25-foot-tall 'Despicable Me' Minion

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   June 10, 2016 at 10:02 AM

OSSIAN, Ohio, June 10 (UPI) -- An Ohio farm is drawing crowds to take a look at its absolutely despicable silo design -- a 25-foot tall cartoon Minion.

Kathy Stark, who has lived at the family farm near Ossian for 37 years, said she and her husband recently decided their silo needed to be repainted and he came up with an interesting idea.

"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. 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," Stark told WPTA-TV.

Stark said it took about two days transform the silo into a character from the Despicable Me and Minions films and public interest in the farm "Gru" rapidly.

"We're out here in the middle of nowhere, but we have traffic jams," Stark told WANE-TV. "People are just stopping to take pictures."

"We've had everything from low-flying helicopters to a guy on his lawn mower that lived in Decatur several miles away that was pulling his wife and his kid in a cart," Stark said. "I thought that was the topper until the other day the Ossian Nursing Home came by with the elderly."

Stark said her family is still planning to add a hat and eyeglasses to the giant Minion.

"It just tickles me pink," she said of the public's response to the Minion. "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."

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