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FAST Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

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Have you ever been driving on a road trip and come across a giant cow or a giant elephant or a giant mouse and wondered, “who even made that?” It’s a valid question. These weird fiberglass roadside attractions speckle the landscape of America in odd sizes and odd locations, beckoning tourists to take a moment to stop, pull off the road, and gawk. So where did they come from? Well, if a fiberglass character has popped up anywhere in the last 40 years, there’s a good chance that it came from FAST Fiberglass AKA Fiberglass Animals, Shapes and Trademarks (F.A.S.T).

Fast Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

Billing themselves as “the premier manufacturer of fiberglass statues” FAST Corporation in Sparta, Wisconsin produces an unprecedented number of these roadside attractions and water park attractions found all across the USA.

The business opened in the late 1960s/early 1970s as Sculptured Advertising and changed its name to Creative Display in the mid 1970s. In 1983, artist Jerry Vettrus bought out Creative Display and changed the name to Fast for Fiberglass Animals, Shapes, and Trademarks, AKA FAST Corporation. In 2000 James Schauf bought the business from Vettrus and, in 2020 Ryan Lakowske purchased the business and rebranded as FAST Fiberglass L.L.C.

Fiberglass Pirate with wheel - Fast Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

Though the fiberglass statue manufacturers have gone through several owners and names through the years, they’ve always been known for their larger than life fiberglass statues and roadside attractions.

FAST fiberglass statue factory has created 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.

Finished fiberglass frog slide - Fast Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Finished fiberglass frog slide.
Unfinished fiberglass frog slide - Fast Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Unfinished fiberglass frog slide.

Some of their most well-known creations include the 145 foot long Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Musky in Hayward Wisconsin (under Creative Display), countless Big Boy statues, and a 30-foot replica of a human eyeball (which debuted in Chicago and now can be found in Dallas.

But Fast isn’t just a fiberglass statue factory; it is also a garden of unfinished roadside attractions, molds, and fiberglass animals ripe for exploring. Outside of the FAST headquarters lay hundreds of fiberglass creatures in various stages of doneness. Also referred to as the FAST fiberglass mold graveyard, 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. FAST is truly a site to behold.

Among rows of guitars and eyeball molds, here are some of the fiberglass figures you can expect to see…

What you’ll find at FAST Fiberglass:

Fiberglass Pirates

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

Fiberglass Swan, turtle, and duck:

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

Fiberglass Mermaid:

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

Unfinished fiberglass roadside attractions and molds:

Unfinished fiberglass horse - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Horse Statue
F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Animal Statues
F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
Moving Fiberglass Works - F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

If you’re stopping in Sparta, Wisconsin don’t forget to also check out one of the fruits of their labor in town: Ben Bikin’, the World’s Largest Bicyclist.


FAST Fiberglass / Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks

Location: 14177 County Highway Q, Sparta, WI
Cost: Free to see
Hours: Daylight Hours
Date: August 29, 2008
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Photos from FAST Corporation – F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks – where fiberglass giants and roadside attractions are made, in Sparta, Wisconsin. Explore weird roadside attractions before they get made at this place to visit in Wisconsin. Stop on a Wisconsin road trip and add this to your U.S. travel itinerary and bucket lists.
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 with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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