Boyertown Boot

On our way to Boyertown, PA to visit a gift shop for a little Christmas shopping and we spotted this Big Boot.  I thought it was a permanent Big Boot but as we got closer it turned out to be an inflatable.  A little disappointed but it was one of the better inflatables I’ve seen.   We didn’t stop to see Santa but we did discover the Jukebox Restaurant in Boyertown.  7 kinds of soup (I had Crab Bisque,) great place, we need to go back.

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Boyertown Boot

Bustards Snowman

On our way to look for a little pine tree for the front of the house we stopped by Bustards Christmas Trees close to home to see what they have to offer.  Since we are fairly new in the area we had not shopped at Bustards before.  After pulling in I saw this inflatable that I know I had to get.  Bustards is a very friendly place and their motto “Real Trees make Scents” appeals to me.

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Bustards Snowman

Kokomo Judge

On our way to Saugatuck, Michigan we were surprised to spot this inflatable Big Judge.  I’ve taken photos with a lot of Big People, pirates, Amish people, etc. but never found a judge before.  This one illustrated Mike Anderson’s Auto Group pledge to not judge your credit when purchasing one of their cars.

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Kokomo Judge

Midas Hand

Here’s an inflatable I spotted in front of the Midas shop in Glendale on my way downtown.  I had to get with the Chief Photographer and get back to get the image.  I’m not big on inflatables but I haven’t seen this one before.

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Midas Hand

Blue Crew Colt

There’s a great Indianapolis Colt fan that wanted to include everyone in his vision so he opened this sports bar. He started the Blue Crew grill a few years ago. As you probably guessed, it has a Colts theme. I drive by the joint pretty often, sometimes there is a Colts Blue Fire Hook and Ladder, sometimes other things. This time was this Big colt inflatable. I don’t know how many inflatable Colts there are but I’ve got several. (Update 2/21/15: the Blue Crew is closed, too bad!)

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Blue Crew Colt

4th of July Geiko

The 4th of July Festival in Carmel is a lot of fun and offers entertainment throughout the day following the end of the parade. There are multiple performance stages, food booths and vendor and information booths. This Big Gecko was outside the GEICO booth so naturally I had to grab a shot.  Notice the Red, White and Brew T-shirt.

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Carmel Geiko

Big Colts in Indy

Living in Indianapolis, mind it becomes almost obligatory to have Colt inflatables at most events. The one on the left was also at the Freedom Festival in Fishers. Later that year Fishers Football was playing at Lucas Oil Field (“The Luke”) and our way out of the suite this Big Colt was hanging around.

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Fishers Colt

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Lucas Oil Field Colt

Anderson Vacuum Cleaner

Outside the T&H Sweeper Company branch on Indiana SR-9 in Anderson I spotted this Big Vacuum. We were on our way to Mounds State Park. Indiana has some very nice state parks and we have started to visit them. Mounds web site describes it best stating it “features 10 unique “earthworks” built by a group of prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people. The largest earthwork, the “Great Mound”, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys seem to indicate it was used as a gathering place for religious ceremonies.” We enjoyed our time in the park, it’s nice that it is so close to home.

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Anderson Vacuum Cleaner

Keystone Inflatable

We drive Keystone Avenue often, both on the way south into Indianapolis, as well as north to the Carmel business district. We were driving down Keystone on our way to downtown Indy and spotted this big inflatable race car driver out in front of a used car dealership across from the WalMart. We didn’t have time to stop then and hoped it would still be there in the next couple of days. Sunday morning we drove past and stopped to get this image. There were a couple tire kickers in the lot wondering what was going on.

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Keystone Inflatable

Riley Hospital for Kids Fundraiser

Deb teaches at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana. They were holding their Dance-a-thon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Chris Edwards, who teaches with Deb was instrumental in getting Riley named as the beneficiary of the fundraiser. Last year, his son Ben was diagnosed with cancer and it was through the efforts of the Riley staff that Ben is now a cancer-free, happy, 3 year old and celebrating his health with big brother Blake. Anyway, at the dance-a-thon there were many activities, including these two big blowup slides.

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Riley Hospital Fundraiser

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Riley Hospital Fundraiser

Latitude 39 blow-up

Latitude 39 is a new Family Entertainment Center that recently opened near our house. It bills itself as a Premier Entertainment Center. They offer 70,000 sq. ft. of entertainment: a sports theater, luxury bowling, game room, lots of TV and dining. Sounds like an exciting place. Prior to opening they were looking for new hires to satisfy all their guests and used this inflatable dragon to catch their eye. The Chief Photographer spotted this guy and we were able to grab this image.

Latitude 13 Dragon

Latitude 13 Dragon

Fishers Freedom Festival

We were at the Freedom Festival event in Fishers, Indiana and ran across Master Yoo’s booth. This Big Inflatable caught my eye. I tried my best but I don’t think I have a future in Tae Kwon Do. I would like to get one of these costumes/robes or whatever you call it.

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Fisher’s Freedom Festival

Grinnell, Iowa Duck Daze Duck

In Grinnell, Iowa we visited the Merchant National Bank on Main Street. This bank was designed by Louis Sullivan, a prominent mid-West architect and mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright and often called “The Father of the Skyscraper.” He designed many famous buildings from Chicago skyscrapers to many mid-West banks. This bank is a very good place to visit, they have a docent in place. At any rate, enough history, this duck was used to promote the Duck Daze and Derby fundraiser to support youth in Powershiek County. I bought a duck and entered but haven’t heard if I won.

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Duck Daze Duck

Redfish Charlie’s Monster

Next to the Cocoa Flea Market in Port St. John, Florida is this Monster advertising Redfish Charlie’s Bayou Grill and Tiki Bar. Looked to be a pretty laid back bar. With a slogan like “It’s OK by Me, If it’s OK Bayou” who could not have a good time. Especially if you ride a motorcycle. They have a big BIKERS WELCOME sign as well. I didn’t have my colors with me or I might have stopped in.

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Redfish Charlie’s Monster