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The BIG Times, June/July 2013

A round-up of BIG news highlights across the globe, and other BIG finds we want to share!


News which caught our attention over the past month:

The standing world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Superman was broken on June 5, by a group of 566 people! Sears organized the event at its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. It tied in with this month’s release of the movie “Man of Steel,” in which the character Clark Kent’s father Jonathan works at a Sears.

Photo Credit: Guinnessworldrecords.com

Photo Credit: Guinnessworldrecords.com

Save the Date! The AutoFair, the “World’s Largest Automotive Extravaganza” returns to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, September 19-22. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The AutoFair will also feature a collector car auction.


I love that I got an email from the people behind the World’s Largest Wind Chime and the World’s Largest Golf Tee just to say “hello,” and let me know all the BIG things going on in little Casey, Illinois!

wind chimes

The wind chime, located on Main Street, measures over 55 feet from the ground to the top and is constructed with five metal tubes which are suspended 49 feet from the ground. The total structure, including the chimes, weighs 16,932.4 pounds.

golf tee

The golf tee, which was installed at the Casey Country Club in January, stands just over 30 feet tall.  The World’s Largest Knitting Needles are also located in Casey. Looks like this town earns a spot on the GBOGH Bucket List!


Earlier this month, I attended the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference in Toronto. During one of the keynotes, Travel + Leisure Magazine presented their annual SMITTY (Social Media in Travel + Tourism) award to the blogger who best used social media in 2012. No, we didn’t win, but a very admirable program, Passports With Purpose, did. However, GBOGH was mentioned and recognized for our efforts to promote tourism to New York State following Hurricane Sandy last fall with this blog link-up.


See? We made it on the screen! Thanks to our friend Kara at The Vacation Gals for snapping this shot!



  1. Leigh said,
    June 20, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Way to go GBOGH for being recognized!! It’s nice to see social media being used for something so positive!

  2. June 25, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    congrats for the recognition, helps reinforce your creativity !