F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
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F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

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F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks - 14177 County Highway Q, Sparta, WI

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So you’re driving along and you see a giant cow or a giant elephant or a giant mouse. These fiberglass roadside attractions speckle the landscape of America in odd locations, beckoning tourists to take a moment to stop. But, you might wonder, where did they come from? If a fiberglass character has popped up anywhere in the last 15 years, chances are it came from F.A.S.T.: Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks.

Billing themselves as “the premier manufacturer of fiberglass statues” F.A.S.T. in Sparta, Wisconsin produces an unprecedented number of these roadside creatures.

Since 1983, when artist Jerry Vettrus bought out Creative Display, F.A.S.T. has created fiberglass statues for thousands of companies around the world. Their catalogue contains hundreds of molds, but they also specialize in creating unique sculptures used for retail displays, water parks, school mascots, landmarks, and more.

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But F.A.S.T. isn’t just a factory; it is a garden of fiberglass ripe for exploring. Outside of the F.A.S.T. headquarters lay hundreds of fiberglass creatures in various stages of doneness and the yard is open for anyone to walk through and explore. It is a fascinating adventure browsing taped-up horses in raw gray next to gloriously painted pirates. F.A.S.T. is truly a site to behold.

Before and after painted fiberglass frog slide at F.A.S.T.

 

Fiberglass Pirates:

Fiberglass Pirate with wheel - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Fiberglass Pirate with wheel
Fiberglass Pirate with Basketball Hoop - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Fiberglass Pirate with Basketball Hoop
Fiberglass Pirate - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Fiberglass Pirate
Unfinished fiberglass pirate - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Unfinished fiberglass pirate

 

Fiberglass Swan, turtle, and duck:

Fiberglass Goose - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Fiberglass Swan, turtle, and duck.

 

Fiberglass Mermaid:

Fiberglass Mermaid - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Fiberglass Mermaid

 

Unfinished fiberglass roadside attractions:

Some of the statues in the early stages…

Unfinished fiberglass horse - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Unfinished fiberglass horse

F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

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Site: F.A.S.T. Corporation
Location: 14177 County Highway Q, Sparta, WI
Cost: Free to see
Hours: Daylight Hours
Date: August 29, 2008

 

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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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