The 2,700 people in this small Illinois city are thinking big.

Casey already boasts the world's largest wind chime - a 55-foot, 16,932-pound structure on Main Street that claims its own Facebook page and visitors from as far away as South Africa.

Now, it's also home to the world's largest golf tee, which stretches more than 30 feet, weighs more than three tons and will soon tower over the grounds of the Casey Country Club.

"The goal is to drum up interest in Casey," said Jim Bolin, owner of Bolin Enterprises and creator of the oversized attractions. “Like all communities, we’re fighting for economic growth."

A recent measurement found the tee made of solid yellow pine stretches more than three feet longer than the current world record holder. Results will be submitted to the Guinness World Records.

The tee is expected to be in place at the country club this summer, and plans are already underway to place a giant ball atop it.

Teeing up, city officials hope, will be a "snowball event" that spurs creative ideas and investment, said Nicole Weigand, the city's economic development director.

“It also pulls people together,” she said.

The giant tee also might give travelers on Interstate 70 a reason to stop in Casey, which is nearly halfway between Indianapolis and St. Louis and for the past 25 years has been home to a late-summer popcorn festival that features, of course, free popcorn.

Bolin Enterprises has no intention of allowing Casey to rest on the laurels. Plans are already in the works for a third “world’s largest” project, details of which are to be announced later.


Details for this story were provided by the Terre Haute, Ind., Tribune-Star.

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