When I saw the movie ‘Michael’ in 1996 (remember the one with John Travolta as an Angel?) I vowed to see all the “World’s Largest” novelties in my travel range. It seemed pretty simple, but they are more elusive than you would think. In nearly 18 years, I didn’t run across even one of the World’s Largest anythings. I had pretty much given up. Until.
We were on our way to South Carolina, and somewhere past the North Carolina line, we veered off the interstate and into a town called Rose Hill in search of a restroom. Or rather, we veered onto a road with signs that claimed it led to a town called Rose Hill.
When we drove for what seemed like forever and all we found was an old gas station-turned-laundromat (with no restrooms), we almost turned back, but keeping faith that Rose Hill did indeed exist (and knowing we might not make it all the way back to the interstate and on to the next town), we kept going and finally came upon a gas station that was still a gas station (with restrooms). And in some sort of strange twist of fate — can you believe it — there was a sign directly in front of the store that said:
The World’s Largest Frying Pan! What could be better than that? And to think we had almost turned around.
Still, it wasn’t a done deal. It was nearly dark when we pulled in to use the restroom and when we went inside, there was only one bathroom and all five of us had to take turns. By the time we got back in the car it was really almost dark and the World’s Largest Frying Pan was all the way across town and out of our way and our trip was already behind schedule. Adding insult to injury, no one else was half as excited as me to see this phenomenon. (What the heck!?)
Undeterred, I threatened bodily injury to all in the car if I ended up that close to the World’s Largest Frying Pan and only got to see a sign pointing in its direction.
Lucky for us, Rose Hill is a small town, and The World’s Largest Frying Pan is the centerpiece, making it easy to find. It is located in a cute little (not so little) gazebo in the Town Square.
It was built in 1963 by the Ramsey Feed Company, and was used in the first ever Rose Hill Poultry Jubilee in honor of the area’s emerging poultry industry. Just saying the words “Poultry Jubilee” makes me happy. Now The World’s Largest Frying pan is mostly used for community fundraising events.
I will say that I was a little disappointed since I pictured it as a big cast iron skillet (see above photo of the first-seen, excitement inducing sign) when it is actually a circular series of vats. But I’m not complaining!
This thing is nothing to sneeze at. Three hundred and sixty-five chickens. At once. Wow!
I also took lots of photos of the whole family, separately and together, posing in front of The World’s Largest Frying Pan, but everyone had such wild looks of excitement on their faces that I didn’t want to embarrass them by posting their pictures.
And now my determination is renewed. World’s Largest Ball of Twine, here I come.