On our way out of Kitty Hawk with all the vacationers ending their vacation on Saturday morning we spotted a couple of Big Things at the Mill Farms roadside stand. Had to pull over and get this Big Strawberry and Big Chicken. It was good to take a little break from the non-stop traffic heading back home from their vacation.
Mill Farms Strawberry
Mill Farms Chicken
We were making our way to Kitty Hawk and stopped at the Columbia Visitors Center off I-64 for a break. Coming out of the center the Chief Photographer spotted this Big Thing across the street. We crossed Elm Street to get this photo opportunity. A nice unexpected find.
Vineyards on the Scuppernong
We found that with enough time on our trip to Philadelphia we could get to the Homewood Suites in Mechanicsburg. It is a great property, left us only a few hours to Philly and we could eat at the Appalachian Brewing Company brewpub. Great food and a cold malt beverage after a long drive. This Big Apple sits over the dining area at the motel.
Homewood Suites Apple
The reason for our visit to McClure’s Apple Haus outside Grand Rapids, Michigan was to get this Big Apple previously sighted by my Bird Dog Erica. What a great place to visit, very family friendly. Pick apples, a corn maze, a bounce place, fresh donuts and cider. This would be my go-to place in the fall if I lived in the Grand Rapids area.
McClure’s Apple Haus Apple
I’ve lived in Indianapolis for just over 11 years, driven by the State Fair Grounds countless times, been there for other events like the Home Show in January and the Beer Fest, but never attended the State Fair in August. You have to realize that everyone here goes to the State Fair, some more than once each year. Well this year it was my turn and I chose to go with a Fair Veteran, my friend Jerry. First stop was the Dairy Barn to get a high fat content ice cream shake. There is a lot to see: animals, demonstrations, old time village, farm equipment. What I liked best was a very large photography display. What great talent! This big pineapple was there to draw attention to a specialty drinks booth.
State Fair Pineapple
When we were at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana not only did I get images of Mr. Pierogi and Mr. Halupk as seen just below. I also got this big lemon at the lemon shake up stand next to the stands where we watched the Pierogi Fest parade. I’ve never seen a parade like this, you have to see it to really experience it. If you are in the Chicago during the last full weekend July go to Whiting. These people like to party! The pierogi theme is carried throughout the Fest, including pierogi shaped dog food treats (we bought 4 for Bobber, Sophie and Leo.)
Pierogi Fest Lemon
I really like strawberries. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry jam, the list goes on. We spotted this at a roadside farm market on the way to Baltimore from our time in Ocean City. The strawberry here was once a tilt-a-whirl car, transported to this roadside location, not the best looking Big Thing, but Big none-the-less.
When we were in Ocean City, Maryland for a week of R&R before Matt and Erin’s wedding in Baltimore, we checked out the boardwalk. In one of the guide magazines this booth was rated the top Lemon Shakeup stand in Ocean City, and also cited these Big Lemons. What a treat to get this and also the Big Pretzel. Note the amused gal in the background. she probably has seen most everything on the boardwalk in her time.
Southbound from the Wisconsin Dells we were cruising down US-12 to get a Muffler Man in Baraboo. We never did find the Muffler Man – turns out it was laying in pieces behind a wall. Anyway, we spotted the Big Corn in front of Mark’s Market. Did a quick u-turn and pulled into the open air market. After introducing ourselves Mark invited us to take all the photos we wanted. That’s when we noticed the Big Strawberry. Not quite as large as the one in Indiana but good size all the same. They also gave us the tip on the Big Bed which can be found on the Big Objects page.
Mark’s Market Strawberry
Mark’s Market Corn
My thanks to Liz Bailey for Bird Dogging this Big Strawberry. Liz works as a teacher with Deb at Fishers High School. (Go Tigers!) While she lives outside Indy, she is from Vincennes and sees this Big Strawberry on her way to visit her family. The berry is out in the middle of a field, lucky for me it hadn’t rained recently.
This is kind of a famous Big Peach if you are a BigThingologist like me. I had my sights on this but just needed the opportunity. And or course that came on the way home from New Harmony. This peach of a Peach sits out front of a fruit market on Rte 41 between Vincennes and Terra Haute.
Along the Fontana Corridor of the famous Route 66 is Bono’s Market. Right next to the market is the Orange stand. Not open of course on Christmas day when we were out getting some Big Pictures. The gifts were opened, the traditional Hejl Christmas breakfast eaten so what else was there to do but track down my Big Thing sightings. This one worked out well.
Route 66 Orange
In Lemon Grove, California they celebrate their namesake with this large lemon. If you look in the background of this image you can see what may be the last remaining lemon tree in all of southern California. Just kidding because on the way to Mentone to get a Big Guy and a Big Chicken we drove through many, many citrus orchards, some of them must have been lemon trees, but it was December and I can’t tell an orange tree from a lemon tree in December.
Lemon Grove Lemon
I was knee deep in Soybeans to get this image in Maryland at the Rainbow Farms on Rt 50 near MD 662. Maybe you don’t think it looks like much but there was some workmanship put into this roadside attraction, and attract me it did!
Maryland Fruit Stand
Down the road from the Dunkin’ Donuts at Millcreek Farms I found this Big Strawberry. Actually it was a car from an amusement park ride, probably a Tilt-a-Whirl ride. I always like the tilt-a-Whirl, but never sat in a strawberry car.