The largest Horseshoe Crab in the world, Blanchester

Posted by on September 25, 2012

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Ohio is a home of quite a number odd looking spots which can amaze any visitor. Locals and tourists alike are looking for something different. They pile up in their car and search for great American roadside display. If you are a ”road traveler”, you should consider something that is unfamiliar on your next trip. Definitely Ohio is the best destination as it boosts world renowned tourst attractions like Rock and Roll hall of fame or Cedar Point. One of the most famous attractions is the World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab found in the town of Blanchester.

Largest Horseshoe Crab, Blanchester

Largest Horseshoe Crab, Blanchester

The said structure was made by a well known design firm called Farren & Associates. The main purpose of the Academy Award winning designers is to build something special for Baltimore Maritime Museum found in Baltimore Maryland. After that, the structure was bought from the Creation Museum as part of the Fossil Display in Kentucky. And after that, this large horseshoe crab was donated to the Freedom Worship Baptist Church. The structure was strategically located at the entrance of the town specifically at the Biblical Scripture Garden. The crab is often converted to pavilion and it has a capacity of 60 seats. It has even more capacity outside. Although Blanchester is a landlocked area, visitors  can get the taste of the sea when they see Crabby.

Side view of the giant crab

Side view of the giant crab

Rev Jim Rankin was the one who obtained the crab from Kentucky. He was really awestruck by the people who wanted to see the big gift. Crabby was shipped to the town from the southwest area of Washington Court House using five trucks.  Ever since, there are thousands of people who have visited the said Largest Horseshoe Crab. The designers of the crab are known to be creating attractions for the Walt Disney World. The dimension of the structure are 68 feet by 28 feet. There is about 13 ft high domed ceiling that serves as the entrance into the crab. This is where events such as weddings and business events are held.

Inside the crab

Inside the crab

The big break of the crab was when it was feature in the movie Twilight: Eclipse. This was a great opportunity for people especially teenagers to see the giant structure. The location of the crab doesn’t just offer a giant roadside attraction but there is also a museum on the site featuring different artifacts like motorcycle clothes collection, crucifix, torch from Lincoln’s inauguration and souvenirs from the movie Ten Commandments. During labor weekend there is a Crabfest. This is a festival that features food, music and games. The highlight of the event is when a motorcycle rider takes the opportunity to jump over the large crab structure.

Close fron tview of the crab

Close fron tview of the crab

Crab as seen on the movie Twilight, Eclipse

Crab as seen on the movie Twilight, Eclipse

 

Crab photo 1&3: bonegirl, Crab photo 2&4: DanCentury, Crab photo 5: Selbe B,

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