September 24, 2020.
What does one do when they return to their hometown to find it in economic decline? Fire up the tractor and start flattening oil well tanks.
OK, this might not be what everyone would do but it was what Gary Greff did. Gary believes that “our country was not built on big towns but on small towns and every individual person that worked there.” So when Gary quit his job as a high school principal and returned to, Regent, his small town in North Dakota, and discovered that it was slowly becoming one more eroding brick in the foundation of our country he decided to do something.
Inspired by seeing people pull off the road to snap a pic of a hay bale strongman built by a local farmer, Gary had a “Build it, and they will come,” moment right out of the movie Field of Dreams. With no formal art training or experience in welding, he decided to build giant sculptures to lure tourists off the interstate and down a 32 mile Enchanted Highway to Regent.
And it worked. At least for us, because that is just what we did when we left Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
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