April 1, Fanning, MO: On April 1, 2008 two cranes lifted the World’s Largest Rocking Chair onto the rockers that welder Joe Medwick had already put in place. Medwick then welded the chair onto the rockers. Channel 5’s Heidi Glaus and her videographer were on hand to film the rocker raising and to interview owners Dan and Carolyn Sanazaro and their kids. When Glaus called Carolyn early that morning to say that they would be coming to Fanning to film the rocker raising, Carolyn thought it was some of her friends playing an April Fool’s Joke on her.
You can read about it in the Cuba Free Press article “Channel 5 films rocker raising.” Or you can see a snippet of video here. Another article “Giant Rocker constructed at Fanning” tells how three men, Dan Sanazaro, John Bland, and Joe Medwick teamed up to produce the rocker.
In 2009, the Guinness organization officially designated the rocker as the World’s Largest Rocking chair.” It was in preparation for the Guinness application that Medwick cut the welds to the rocker so that it could be filmed rocking for the application process. The official dimensions are 42’1″ tall, 20’3″ wide, and 27,500 lbs.
UPDATE: The Guinness Organization now features the Fanning Rocker in its hardback version of its records.
In the two years since the Rocker was lifted into place next to the Fanning US 66 Outpost General Store as a roudside attraction to bring in customers, a Rt. 66 mural by John Bland has been added to the outside of the building, the Archery Range is a thriving business, as is the Taxidermy Center. Travelers stop for a photo and enjoy everything that the store has to offer.
When Viva Cuba members meet groups for mural tours, a stop of the rocker is often a requested part of the itinerary.
The Rocker has taken its place in community events.
On August, there is a Lift to the Rocker Day when a lift raises people to the seat of the rocker to have their photos taken.
In September, archers gather for the Iron Buck Archery Tournament.
In the spring, it is the destination JOG,inc.’s 4-mile Route 66 Race to the Rocker. In 2010, 433 racers ran to the Rocker for the annual group photo. In 2012, the race takes place on Saturday, March 31, to raise money for local chairities.
Local students study the rocker during Missouri History Days, and teachers report the rocker is a popular topic for discussion.
The Fanning Community and Cuba, MO, just 4-miles from the rocker, are proud of the rocker’s place in local history. Citizens love showing off the rocker and the well-run businesses next to it. Danny and Carolyn Sanazaro have had a lot of fun and worked hard at their business.
Viva Cuba salutes their work and wishes the Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair a happy 2nd birthday.
The latest award given to the Rocker:
To contact the Sanazaros at the Fanning US 66 Outpost General Store and check hours call 573-885-1474, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.fanning66outpost.com. Visit their website for updated event information.