World's Largest Rag Doll

It's listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as the world's largest rag doll. It even comes with its own wooden chair. It's one of a kind. It's coming soon to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway exhibit room at the Crosslake Campground Corps of Engineers Administrative Building, and it's coming to stay.

Of course it is....because this is a Paul Bunyan rag doll. Constructed like a jointed Cabbage Patch doll and measuring nearly thirteen feet tall, ragtime Paul Bunyan will rule over the array of Bunyan memorabilia and exhibits that are on display weekdays from 8:30am-4:00pm.

That, however, won't be ragtime Paul's only job. He'll show up at various parades and community celebrations. Depending on his schedule, he may even be available for such things as library story hours or school visits.

How did a World Record holding Paul Bunyan rag doll find its way to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway in Minnesota? The story starts with a vigilant Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association board member, Wayne Chamberlain. Wayne's alter ego is, in fact, Paul Bunyan.

For several years, he has been the official Byway Paul Bunyan, appearing in parades, acting as an event judge, being a celebrity reader, and performing many other 'Paul in the Community' roles. Wayne has an extensive Paul Bunyan memorabilia collection and he's always on the lookout for items to add to it.

So, while on an e-Bay shopping excursion, he noticed the big rag doll, complete with his own big chair. Wayne got in touch with the owner and told her about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Bunyan memorabilia exhibits.

Maybe there was a subconscious bond between the two 'Paul' alter egos, but whatever the reason, ragtime Paul and his chair became a donation to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association. This spring visitors to the exhibit room in Crosslake will be able to view ragtime Paul, the world's largest rag doll.

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Published Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2008
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the Lake Country Echo