Tiny Illinois town making a big name for itself with record-setting creations
CASEY, Ill. (NBC News) —
Breaking a Guinness World Record is an accomplishment few people achieve, but one small Illinois town plans on breaking more than they already have.
Casey is home to world's largest wind chime, knitting needles and much more.
"I wanted to try and think outside the box," said Jim Bowling, the creator of Big Things in a Small Town. "I wanted to bring some new people in, and that's where we came up with the first world's largest. The last four, the shoes, the pitch fork, the mailbox, and rocking chair; Guinness came out and certified them on the spot.
“One thing I like to mention is a lot of our creations are made from recycled material."
Casey's first world's largest item was placed in the town in 2011. The wind chimes were made from old pipes that Jim's business, a pipe laying company, no longer used. Since their first attraction was created, their collection has grown.
"The town's changed quite a bit," says Jim. "The biggest thing I see is there's a lot of hope in people's eyes now."
Jim says he's not done turning out "world's largest" attractions, but says there is a goal he wants to reach.