We wanted an adventure on a recent weekend that was somewhere new and something unique. It took a bit of research as we’ve already been to a ton of places within a two hour radius of our home. But perseverance uncovered what we hoped would become a very interesting day trip.
Just outside of Sparta is the FAST Corporation. The company makes fiberglass statues and when they are done with a mold, they store it on their surrounding property with the hope to reuse it at some point.
Tip1: A sign at the entrance cautions that molds are favorite nesting spots for wasps in the spring. Since we visited in the dead of winter, this was not an issue.
When you first pull into the free parking area, your eyes are drawn to the welcome sign and a small grass yard with some abandoned statues. We had a moment of worry that this was all the corporation had to offer. And then we did a 180 and realized that we were surrounded by molds of all sorts and sizes. Let the adventure begin!
Tip2: There are no public restrooms on the property during the weekend. You might be able to use the FAST restroom during business hours.
Our family spent a transfixed hour romping among the molds. We saw everything from dogs to dinosaurs to indians to ET, the extra terrestrial. It was oddly peaceful and a lot of fun to try and guess why someone would order something like a gigantic devil’s head.
Even though we were dressed properly for a winter outdoor explore, the weather certainly influenced the amount of time we spent here. We imagine you could easily take two hours to walk around this property in the warmer months. This TR family is eager to return and discover molds we may have missed on our first visit to FAST!