more big things in this small town! (Casey, IL)
Back in February, I wrote about my visit to Casey, Illinois (read that post here). At the time, Casey was home to 6 of the World’s Largest Objects, certified by Guinness Book of World Records. So, why would I drive an hour and half on I-70, alone, to visit this small town for the second time this year?
As of Saturday, September 28, 2019 Casey is officially home to 12 of the World’s Largest objects. I wanted to visit Casey once again on Saturday and check these new objects out for myself.
Although I arrived late to the various ceremonies going on, I was able to be present while a Guinness official tested the World’s Largest Teeter-Totter. Other items that were certified Saturday include: key, gavel, swizzle spoon, barbershop pole and golf club. Other new and noteworthy attractions since my last visit are the big mouse trap and the antlers. These World’s Largest objects are all constructed by a Casey resident Jim Bolin, who currently holds 12 Guinness Records.
I loved seeing so many Casey residents and tourists alike taking pride in the town. Watching the processes of certifying World Records was also a very cool experience I am now grateful to have witnessed. I saw press, journalists and even a YouTuber collecting information about Casey.
Last time I was in Casey, it was a Sunday and most of the shops were closed. This time however, they were not. These shops include The Farmer’s Wife (my personal favorite), Crazy Beautiful Boutique, Olive Tree Market Place and Tetzel Prime, a pretzel shop that I saw many tourists walking into so I followed as well.
I was also able to finally find some of the other large objects I was unable to see last time like the Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook because they are located inside a shop. I also mailed something once again from the World’s Largest mailbox just for fun.
If you ever find yourself traveling on I-70 between Indianapolis and St. Louis, I highly recommend a quick drive through Casey, as it is located only a few minutes off the exit. Many of these World’s Largest attractions can be spotted without even having to exit your car, although of course I recommend a walk through town to get a closer view.
Congratulations Jim Bolin and Casey, Illinois! Your town continues to impress many visitors every year.