CASEY, Ill. (WAND)- Breaking a Genius World Record is an accomplishment few people achieve, but one small town plans on breaking more than they already have.
"The heart behind it is the fact that Jim is doing this out of the kindness of his heart," said Jeanette Huisinga owner of the Yarn Studio in Casey.
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 Bolin 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."
The town of 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.
"I fully believe I would not still be in business today if I had not gotten the knitting needles," added Jeanette.
Those knitting needles sit in the Jeanette's business the Yarn Studio, which has special knitting yarn and other accessories for sale.
“The first question I always get is, ‘did you really knit with those needles,’” added Jeanette. “Yes, we did so I put some pictures there so people can see, and we have pieces there so people can see what we made to."
She says having the knitting needles has helped her live out her American dream.
"It's a lot of fun, “says Jeanette. “During what I would consider the travel months we meet the most interesting people, and I hear very inspiring stories.”
She adds, it wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of Jim himself.
"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.
"There's an end game to it, I'd like to have 12 worlds’ largest, that’s my goal."
With seven world’s largest items Jim is over half way there. However, he says what makes him the happiest is the promise the of a brighter future for Casey.
"It's fun to see the community pull together, and be one big family again and really have an identity," says Jim.
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