Indiana is home to some pretty big items, some are the world’s largest, some are just, well, big. Here are a few of them.
Alexandria – World’s Largest Ball of Paint – According to creator Mike Carmichael, this is a baseball with over 21,500 coats of paint (as of June 2007). It’s 34 years old by now, and weighs more than 2,700 pounds.
Bruceville – The Big Peach – A giant peach that doubles as a produce store just north of Vincennes. You can eat a peach that was picked fresh that morning. Bruceville is also home to The Giant Coke Bottle, which is apparently not the world’s biggest, but is possibly the world’s oldest Giant Coke Bottle.
Bunker Hill – The Giant Chair – This big chair sits on the side of U.S. 31, south of Peru. It was originally created as an advertisement for an antiques store. A really big antique store.
Centreville – The World’s Largest Candle – Part of the Warm Glow Candle Outlet right off I–70 in Wayne County.
Mentone – The World’s Largest Egg – This piece of ovine art is 3,000 pounds and 10 feet of concrete in southwest Kosciusko County, originally built to promote the local egg festival.
Kokomo – World’s Largest Preserved Steer – Somebody must have really liked Ben, the 5,000 pound steer enough to want to preserve him. Rather than just earning the title of world’s largest steer, someone went to the trouble of preserving Ben, adding that extra descriptor, thus ensuring Ben’s place in preserved livestock history.
Also in Kokomo is the World’s Largest Sycamore Stump. It used to be the World’s Largest Sycamore Tree, until the World’s Largest Lumberjack (as depicted by the Paul Bunyan Statue in Muncie) used the World’s Largest Axe to chop it down. Actually, no, it was a storm that blew the nearly-800-year-old tree over, but I had you going there, didn’t I?
You can find a great roundup of Big Things in Indiana at Steph Mineart’s blog.