With a population of less than 3,000, Casey would hardly be on anyone’s radar if its wasn’t for Jim Bolin’s vision. Bolin always loved wind chimes, and back in 2009 he and his wife, Diane, figured that building a giant wind chime would be a good way to bring draw attention to his hometown.

Since Bolin is a vice president at homegrown company BEI Pipeline and Tank Maintenance, he knew where to go for parts and labor. It took a while to make it happen, but by late 2011 they had a 56-foot structure on Main Street, with the tallest chime measuring 42 feet. It easily beat the previous record-holder in Michigan, and it made the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records.

World’s Largest Wind Chime

Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - wind chime2
Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - wind chime

And sure enough, that put Casey on the map. Bolin’s family now runs the Whtling Whimsy Café next to the attraction, and he’s been building big things ever since, giving the town six more Guinness records.

Largest Rocking Chair

Casey, Illinois, the small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - rocking chair
Casey, Illinois, the small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - rocking chair

World’s Largest Mailbox

World’s Largest Pitchfork

Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - pitchfork
Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - pitchfork2

World’s Largest Wooden Shoes

Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records2
Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - wooden shoes

World’s Largest Golf Tee

Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - golf tee
Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - golf tee2

World’s Largest Knitting Needles

Small town where everything's big aiming for six new records - kintting needles

And on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, the public is invited to join a measuring and certification ceremony during which Bolin will find out if he has secured six more world’s largest titles.

Three of the six new attractions were officially measured back in August: The Swizzle Spoon, located at 111 S Central Ave; the Golf Club, located at 4 S. Central Ave; and the Gavel, located at the Clark County Courthouse in nearby Marshall. The results will be unveiled during the certification ceremony.

The other new attractions will be measured on Sept. 28 from 9 am-11:30 am, starting with the Key, located at 5 W. Alabama St., then the Barber’s Pole, located at 12 W. Main St., followed by the Teeter-Totter, located at 201 E. Main St. The certification ceremony will be from 11:30 am-12:00 pm at the Teeter-Totter, once that measuring is complete.

“We are excited to find out if we achieve the new world’s largest certifications,” said Bolin. “It has taken a little more then two years to make all six of these attractions.”

Photos by Sergio Barreto