Cuba, Missouri: They came from far and wide to the Fanning 66 Outpost General Store and their Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair for an annual event-Picture at the Rocker Day. For a few hours, a large lift run by Outpost staff raises individuals and groups to the seat of the area attraction for that one-of-a-kind photo.
Rocker Statistics: 42’1″ Tall; 20′ 3″ wide; weight estimated at 27,500 pounds
This year’s event on August 6 was a succcess as always. Some planned ahead for it, and others just lucked on to it. The Fanning 66 Outpost & General Store is located 4 miles west of Cuba, Missouri on Route 66.
In addition to the the rocker and the store, it is also the location of a 4-plex of archery ranges with many special events and leagues during the year. There is also a family-run taxidermy business next door, an influence that can be seen in the Outpost’s eclectic mix of inventory.
The rocker may lure many tourists to stop for a photo, but the well-run store with its array of Route 66 memorabilia and its friendly staff delays their travels even more.
Here’s a selection of photos from this year’s Picture at the Rocker Day.
This couple from Farmington asked about the Route 66 Race to the Rocker, which is March 31 in 2012. They had heard some local runners talking about it at Country Kitchen while they were having breakfast after a morning training run. The couple was thinking of returning for the event.
The woman on the left was from Rolla, Missouri, but her guests were traveling from San Diego, California. They were going to have an unusual vacation photo.
This young man will have the memory of the day when his grandmother took him to visit the World’s Largest Rocking Chair.
It’s fun to watch others going up for their photos too. Many photos are taken during the day.
Sometimes it is only one lone family member who feels the compulsion for that photo. This young man from Cuba left his family on the ground.
Cuba is the site of a Spyderfest US in the early spring when 100s of spyder ryders gather for fun and fellowship. This group that is called the MOGang returned for the Picture at the Rocker Day. They came from all over to enjoy some more Cuba MoJo and get this great photo. One rider cruised in from Tennessee. Later, they had a little BBQ at Missouri Hick.
Next year’s event is…we’ll get back to you on that…changes are brewing. But the Missouri rocker will continue to lift spirits.
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