Tuesday, May 29, 2018

One Fish, Two Fish

So many towns around here love a large fiberglass fish, the most famous being the giant musky at the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Hayward, WI. At least I'm guessing it's made of fiberglass because it was made in Sparta by the FAST Corporation and the "F" stands for fiberglass.

I know catfish get huge, but can you imagine?

Hayward is best described as being, "way the hell up there" unless of course you're already way the hell up there. I haven't been to Sparta since I was in my pie making phase and would hit their bike trail tunnels to stay cool. Ah, youth, a time when you'd drive two hours to ride a bike instead of just turning off the oven or using that gas money to buy a fan. (I'd love to illustrate someone riding a bike with pies cooling in each hand, if only I could draw.)

Sunny The Sunfish

Sparta is 120 miles away and how I ever made it that far in the heaps of leaking junk I drove is beyond me. I  had to keep a thick rag in the car back then because I needed to spray ether in the carburetor to get it going, and then they'd start on fire.

Out of the sun on the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Fish Refuge in Onalaska. A great place to cool pies?

None of these photos are from Sparta or Hayward although now I want to visit the FAST Corporation and maybe offer to build them a better website. A shout-out to Seth from Highway Highlights who wrote about FAST's roadside attraction fiberglass graveyard and gave me another idea for a day trip.

28 comments:

  1. I do not like eating fish, but I have to admit that the ones in the pictures are beautiful ...

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    1. I'm not a great cooker of fish and only know two ways to cook fish. My grandmother was a whiz at it because that's what they lived on during the Depression, I sure miss her northern and stuffing (bones and all).

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  2. Oh my goodness, those big fish are something!

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    1. I bet you guys could show them who's in charge, Brian.

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  3. I'm not into fishing, but I love to eat fish. That counts right? Yes youth. We had such energy and nothing hurt. Not so anymore.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. You must have access to the good stuff, Sandee. I can barely get on a bike these days.

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  4. I can see that biker holding two pies in my mind. Draw it, Jeanna! Go on, give it a try, please. Don't think about it. Quick and dirty with circles and lines. That's how I started. How about the biker being a fish? haha

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    1. I can look at something and draw it (badly) but am hopeless when it comes to picturing it and putting it down on paper, Susie. I'm sure you could do wonders with any idea but I do miss storyboard and doodling and the like. Maybe I'll get a drawing pad at some point. Yes that is a very funny idea, what is that saying about teaching a fish to ride a bicycle?

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  5. Lets go fishing! haha....one year here in Nashville TN we had a contest of fiberglass like fish, decorated and painted in so many different ways. It was really cool to drive around and see one.

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    1. We have fiberglass Bucky Badgers released on the city now and have had that Cow Parade before and it was a lot of fun. I would love to see all those decorated fish, what a cool idea.

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  6. Love these photos of the beautiful fish!

    Happy Times to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. I should find out who did them, Carol, wonder if it's that company in Sparta.

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  7. Great fish. I have several in my bathroom, but none this big. :)

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    1. I have a fishy lake and ocean theme in my bathroom but I moved the one fishy thing I had in there. I think it's time to bring in more fish to the powder room, Joyce.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, I didn't know there were sunfish in those waters.

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  9. That is unique. Never seen something like that. :)

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    1. I have a feeling there are a lot more out there like it, Parul!

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  10. These are impressive and really get your attention! Great way to welcome visitors

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    1. And is it me or do they make you want a good fish fry?

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  11. Been fishing a few times and do love a lovely piece of fish!

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    1. I'm sure you get better pieces out there unless you're eating fresh caught out of a clean lake.

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  12. I used to really enjoy fishing as a kid. Not so much today. I am just too impatient now.

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    1. I suppose if I didn't have to put much effort into it but then where would I put my camera?

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