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Hatch, New Mexico: Teako's Giants of Hatch

Cluster of big roadside fiberglass giants -- Uncle Sam, an A&W Burger Family, an ice cream guy, and many more -- surround a downtown eatery known for its green chili cheeseburgers. Say hi to Teako if he's working the grill.

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Big hot dog.

Fiberglass Statues of Hatch

We stopped for gas in Hatch and spotted the Muffler Man. There is a large collection of oddities here including an A&W root beer girl, antique cars, a large hot dog advertising Sparky's Green Chili Cheeseburger, a large red chili pepper, Mighty Mouse, Ronald McDonald, and George Jetson. Inside there are antique gramophones, pianos, and many other treasures.

[Rose McGue, 11/25/2013]

Teako Nunn, who merrily runs the RV dealership, collected all of those treasures. He has many more at Sparky's, his restaurant in town.

T-Rex statue.


A T-Rex is part of the largest giant statue collection in New Mexico.

[Josie Nunn, 04/13/2013]


Teako's Land of the Giants

Drunken idiots may have been the attackers who knocked an eight-foot-tall rooster off of its rooftop perch outside of Sparky's BBQ in Hatch. The rooster, also named Sparky, had stood for about a year atop a GMC Suburban that was parked across the street from the restaurant, and was actually one of the smaller members of owner Teako Nunn's fiberglass menagerie.

It was found on the ground the one morning (along with empty beer bottles), snapped off at the ankles, its red comb cracked. The Nunns, Teako and Josie, attribute the damage to alcohol-fueled stupidity, not an anti-Sparky's (or rooster) hate crime, and vowed to repair Sparky and the Suburban in time for Hatch's Labor Day weekend Chile Festival Parade.

[ Team, 07/24/2011]

Uncle Sam with green chili pepper.

Uncle Sam's Pepper

The Uncle Sam statue outside of Sparky's Burgers now holds a giant green chili pepper, one of the specialties of Sparky's menu and New Mexico's official state vegetable.

Teako Nunn, owner of Sparky's, had the pepper custom-built by Mark Cline, the fiberglass virtuoso who created Dinosaur Kingdom and Foamhenge. The pepper is another in a long list of surprises sprung by Teako on his home town.

Teako said that local farmers shook his hand when they saw the pepper rise into place.

[ Team, 01/29/2011]

Uncle Sam and Christmas Tree.

Uncle Sam

From December 2009 - spotted an Uncle Sam holding a Christmas Tree.

[Josie Nunn, 01/09/2010]

Teako's Giants of Hatch

Sparky's Bar-B-Que

115 Franklin St., Hatch, NM
Sparky's Bar-B-Que. I-25 exit 41, then drive one mile south on NM-26/Franklin St. On the right.
Th-Su 10:30-5:30 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Pink PigBig Pink Pig, Hatch, NM - < 1 mi.
Sparky's Trading PostSparky's Trading Post, Hatch, NM - < 1 mi.
RV Muffler ManRV Muffler Man, Hatch, NM - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Toth-Carved Big Indian Head, Las Cruces, NM - 32 mi.

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