By: Diana Fruh and Dylan Fruh
After a seven week absence on June 6, 2022, Herkimer now fully restored returned to his post on the May Family property along highway 115. Taking the giant Hercules beetle apart was a much simpler process than putting him back together. Over the course of several days, his larger body parts were put back in place using our backhoe and a lot of man power. Then his legs were welded and the entire structure secured.
On May 3, 2022 Herkimer, the World's Largest Beetle was transported off the May Family Property for the first time in sixty eight years. He was driven in a pickup truck and trailer to the airport hangar of Gene Kear, professional Aircraft Refinisher. With the help of May Family Members, Dave DeVere and Mike Woolf, Herkimer was sanded, primed and painted. Gene donated about three weeks of his time to restore the giant Hercules beetle. After which, Herkimer was returned to the May Family Property for reassembly.