SHELTON, Conn. -- A Shelton couple re-created Stew Leonard's grocery's "Farm Fresh 5" attraction for their 3-year-old son, Colton.
The idea for the project stemmed from Colton''s strong interest in the store's shows. His parents, Peter and Lauren Johnson, frequently take him and their daughter Oakley, age 1, to Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk to enjoy the store’s animatronic shows while they shop.
The Johnsons quickly realized Colton loved the Farm Fresh 5 so much that he was asking every day to go to Stew Leonard’s to watch the show.
Stew's Farm Fresh 5 is a group of realistic, state-of-the-art animatronics who perform original songs.
For Colton’s third birthday year, his parents decided to build Colton his very own scaled down version of the Farm Fresh 5.
Using Stew Leonard’s milk and butter cartons, the Johnsons went to craft supply stores to find supplies to recreate the show.
They used modeling clay for the faces; felt, foam and wire for the arms; and wooden dowels covered by doll pants for the legs.
Overall, the project took them more than 20 hours to complete.
Lauren Johnson sent a photo of their creation to Stew Leonard’s.
Lauren Johnson grew up in Wilton and Peter Johnson grew up Bridgeport and both have fond memories of shopping at Stew Leonard’s throughout their childhood. Lauren Johnson's mother at one point even worked in the bakery at Stew’s.
Stew Leonard's has locations in Norwalk and Danbury.