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Oregon residents raising money to restore Black Hawk statue

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This year's Oregon Trail Days festival is about more than family fun; organizers hope it will help raise money to renovate the area's famous statue of Black Hawk.

Organizers have already raised most of their $700,000 goal, but are still about $27,000 short. Approximately 200,000 people visit the 48-foot-tall statue along the Rock River each year, but the 102-year-old structure is showing its age.

"There's a lot of damage to Black Hawk's face. There's cracking, one of his elbows is almost completely gone," Oregon Trail Days Events Organizer Amy Trimble said. "It's a lot of concrete repair and just bringing him back to his full glory."

If you can't attend this year's festival, you can donate to the restoration fund at www.oregontraildays.org.

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