I can’t remember exactly where I saw it but I can clearly remember watching a documentary/movie years ago that featured a road-trip across America where the people stopped and saw all kinds of crazy roadside attractions….like the biggest ball of yarn, or the biggest frying pan. Call me crazy but ever since seeing that, I now pictures all roadtrips involving a stop-off at a huge roadside attraction….and I love the idea of collecting as many possible!
It turns out I’ve already seen one – the iron sculpture in Asheville (yes it’s a sculpture of an iron!)and even though that one just kind of snuck up on me and it wasn’t quite a “roadside” attraction, I’m still going to count it.
The Peachoid, or The Peach, on the other hand is a roadside attraction that I’ve had on my list for over a year. I’d first seen pictures of it when I was googling South Carolina before moving here but after I saw that episode of House of Cards where he goes to Gaffney and talks about the Peach I knew there was no way I could leave South Carolina without going to see it.
So go to see it I did! On Saturday we drove up to go to a Peach festival in Gaffney SC (but it turns out the peach festival was mostly held the weekend before). We still managed to buy some peaches and see a bit of mud-bogging…..which was crazy! Mud-bogging is when you drive monster trucks and big modified pick-ups etc through a muddy chute as fast as possible, mud flies everywhere, engine rev really loudly and the crowd spends an day/evening cheering and drinking. I had never even heard of it before and it was an experience! Fun but pretty crazy to watch….also I was taking photos with my phone and didn’t realize (because of the sun) that the camera was facing forward so instead of photos of mud-bogging I got photos of my own face. Ah well
After the mud-bog we stopped off at The Peach. It was huge! Easily ten times bigger than I expected. In case you are wondering what exactly it is, it’s a water tower that’s shaped and painted to look exactly like a huge peach. You can drive right up to the bottom of it and get out and take photos. I loved it!
Now if only I knew where to find that huge ball of yarn!