Tom Sturgis Pretzel Factory

After our trip to York to see a Time 4 Three performance (which Deb gave me as a gift) we took a route home leading through Reading, PA.  In Skillington, near Reading I had researched a Big Pretzel.  It is located in front of the Tom Sturgis Pretzel Factory on Lancaster Pike.  Truly a great pretzel, too bad it was a Sunday and we couldn’t get in the retail store to buy some of these pretzels.

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Tom Sturgis Pretzel Factory

86th Street Chili’s

We were running out of time to get this photo.  The house was sold, we were finalizing the move and knew about this chili out in front of Chili’s on 86th Street in Indianapolis.  Most Chili’s restaurants have this up high over the door.  Had to grab this before leaving town.

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86th Street Chili’s

Fair Oaks Dairy

Any trip to the Chicago area is not complete without a stop on the way home at Fair Oaks Dairy. Offering a wide variety of cheese as well delicious ice cream, all made from milk that contains no hormones or antibiotics. Located at exit 220 on I-65 in Fair Oaks, Indiana it’s a great place to stop and grab a cone or milk shake. If you have children this is the place for you. This Big Milk Bottle doubles as a pseudo climbing wall. Go, you will like it!

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Fair Oaks Dairy

Mr. Pierogi and Mr. Halupk

Well, how do I begin. I was looking to find a source for good Eastern European pierogis on line when I ran across the Pieorgi Fest in Whiting, Indiana. After looking at the site I thought it looked like a lot of fun. Little did I know, what a big party if was for a small town. Three days of celebrating Eastern European heritage with an emphasis on Poland. You have to experience it for yourself, we watched the “International Polka Parade” and can say I’ve never watched a parade like this, you have to see for yourself. We also particiated in the Mr. Pierogi sing along on Saturday. What fun. Wished we lived closer!

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Mr. Halupk

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Mr. Pierogi

Cincinnati KFC

Will that be Original or Extra Crispy? Nothing like a good bucket from the Colonel. It’s kind of amazing seeing these advertising signs at ground level. This bucket is at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. We visited during a Fall Break jaunt. There were other Big Signs out in front of the entrance. Looks like a good place to visit if you are in to neon.

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Cincinnati KFC

Wedding Egg

Matt and Erin’s wedding reception was at the American Visionary Art Museum. In the courtyard outside the entrance was this “Artsy Egg” which we spotted on the way into the museum. After a night of food and dance the celebration ended and I posed with this fancy egg.

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Wedding Egg

Maryland Donut

On Saturday morning we were driving from Ocean City to Baltimore and spotted this Big Donut. Making a quick turn back we just had to get this this donut. It was hard to find a parking spot by this small bakery. It must be a family tradition to stop in and get a treat on the way back to Baltimore or DC. I’ve been off donuts for a while but maybe this would have been a place to get a good Boston Cream.

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Maryland Donut

Tony’s Pizza

Tony’s Pizza is on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. This is not a small boardwalk pizza place, more of a pizza palace. I didn’t have time to take in a slice but I felt it would have pretty good. It was early and I made my way up to the deck on the second floor for this image. I would like any feedback on Tony’s Pizza if you have been here.

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Tony’s Pizza

A trip to, or, in our case through Cincinatti, would not be complete without a stop at Jungle Jim’s International Market. It is a superstore unlike any other. With 1 1/2 acres of produce, 75,000 international grocery products and cigars from 70 countries, there is much to discover. At least that is what their web site says. These veggies were outside by the entrance from the back parking lot.

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Jungle Jim’s Veggies

Fuzzy’s Vodka

Carmel Indiana has an Art Fair downtown every year which is a nice way to spend a few hours and a few dollars. This year we were shopping for a couple of presents when lo and behold, out front of Old Town Tavern, was this big bottle of Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. Turns out it is the renowned golfer Fuzzy Zoeller’s creation. It’s 5 times distilled and 10 times charcoal filtered. Of course, as you could expect the slogan is “Get Fuzzy!”

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Fuzzy’s Vodka

Pennsylvania Coffee Pot

This Big Coffee Pot is on US-30, the Lincoln Highway, in Bedford, PA. It was designed and built in 1927 by Bert Koontz to stand out front of his gas station. It served snacks and ice cream until 1937 when it became a restaurant and bar. There was once a Greyhound bus stop there providing plenty of customers. It was moved to it’s current spot in 2004.

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Pennsylvania Coffee Pot

Wisconsin Pumpkin Silo

At some point during a prolonged car trip, like this one through eastern Wisconsin, there comes a point – well you know the rest. Going after this Big Silo was one of those points. All this for a pretty lousy Big Thing shot. On top of that Meyer’s Market was equally disappointing.

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Wisconsin Pumpkin Silo

Cheesy Photo

The Oscar Mayer car was there, of course. And Mr. Mustard as well. I can’t begin to tell you how much unexpected fun this experience was. They even had a car show, of course all the cars were painted mustard yellow. Are you ready for a good pun. This cheese photo makes for a pretty “cheesey” photo. Get it? Not much to get anyway was there?

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Cheesy Photo

Mark’s Market

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.

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Mark’s Market Strawberry

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Mark’s Market Corn

Mel’s Food Items

Would you like some fries with your hot dog? This group of 4 images were part of the jackpot at Mel Schettl Sales outside Oshkosh, Wisconsin. My, how many big things. It was nearly overwhelming for Big Thingologists like Deb and me. We left feeling battle fatigue. I didn’t even get a image of the Jolly Green Giant you see in the background. After leaving Mel’s I had a taste for pizza. Vegetarian by the way. Where does your favorite pizza come from? I grew up in Detroit, down the street from Shields Bar which later became famous for the deep dish type pizza. My good friend Frank Parachetti was one of the pizza makers at Buddy’s which had the same style. Buddy’s bar was an old style Italian bar with a bocci court on the side of the building.

 

Campbell’s Soup

I was searching for a Big Campbell’s Soup Can alongside the Maumee River outside Napoleon, Ohio. We spotted the can seen here on the left and thought, “Hm, not so big, but still bigger than life.” So we went to get the image. The gate to the parking lot next to the guard’s station was open. so we drove through without stopping. Using a little hustle we got this image and were returning to the car when the security officer arrived and informed us that just because the gate was up, we couldn’t simply drive through. After explaining the Mission, he said we were looking for the water tower just past the building. This is the image seen on the right.

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Campbell’s Soup Big

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Ohio Campbell’s Soup Bigger

Urbana Ohio Bread

These Big Loaves in Urbana, Ohio (in Champaign county by the way) were a kind of disappointment. The image seen on the left is near the entrance to the American Pan company and is in pretty good shape. The image seen on the right is in the rear of the building and is not really out for public consumption. Urbana was a great find, nice downtown and home to Urbana University. There was supposed to be a Johnny Appleseed Museum but we couldn’t find it. We did find the Mumford’s Potato Chip store on north Main Street and bought two 2 pound boxes of kettle chips, yum. Stop in if you are passing through.

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Urbana Ohio Bread Rear

 

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Urbana Ohio Bread Front

Farm Market Corn

On the way to the Indiana Dunes during Fall Break we took a side trip to Toto, Indiana to get a photo of a Big Guy. Along US-31 we spotted this large ear of corn outside Rusty’s Farm Market on the side of the road. This was just before Halloween as you can probably guess.

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Farm Market Corn