Nashville, North Carolina: Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Statues

Yogi, Boo Boo, and Ranger Smith once promoted the Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken chain. The statues were moved to their present location and restored in 2019.

Leon Parker Signs and Graphics

Address:
4269 Barnes Hill Church Rd, Nashville, NC
Directions:
Leon Parker Signs and Graphics. I-95 exit 132. Drive east on NC-1717/West Mount Drive for a half mile. Turn left at the church onto Barnes Hill Church Rd. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the statues on the right.
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Boo Boo, Yogi, and Ranger Smith.

Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Statues

They're back! Yogi, Boo Boo, and Ranger Smith, probably the last surviving statues from the Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken chain, have been repaired, repainted, restored, and installed outside Leon Parker Signs. A couple years ago, Leon bought them from the owner of the trailer park in Rocky Mount where they had been for at least the last 30 to 40 years (and possibly longer). Leon's work included lots of sanding, patching, and painting as well as fabricating a new hand and foot for Ranger Smith. Period photos, provided by Joel Baker of American Giants, were used to match the original paint colors, and replica decals from manufacturer International Fiberglass adorn each statue.

Lots of other things to see at Leon's too, including antique metal Coca-Cola signs, gas pumps, taxidermy, and a bunch of vintage gas station signs put up around the property. Cool place. Kind of out of the way, but worth the drive out there. Interesting side note: Leon told me that for about 15 years or so, he gave scrap leftover reflective sign material to Vollis Simpson to use in his whirligigs.

[Dean Jeffrey, 12/15/2019]
Yogi Bear Statues

Just received word that the Yogi Bear Statues that were in the Rocky Mount trailer park are being restored. When their makeover is complete this Fall, the statues will have a new home in Nashville, North Carolina, at Leon Parker Signs.

[Strange Carolinas, 04/27/2018]
Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Statues

Damn. Yogi, Boo Boo, and the Ranger are gone. I saw them a month or two ago when I showed them to a friend, so their removal is relatively recent.

[Dean Jeffrey, 07/05/2017]
Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Statues

10 min off 95. Kids loved it! Sits in front grass area of trailer park with lots of tall grass. We parked across from statues on neighborhood side street and ran across to get pics. Someone mentioned the ranger was missing arms andlegs...he was only missing one arm when we saw him (it's laying in front of yogi...perhaps he upset yogi by sending Cindy to another park?).

[CJ, 07/14/2014]

Yogi Bear.

Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Statues

Statue of Yogi, Boo Boo and Ranger Smith are in poor condition. Yogi has "barnacles," and Ranger Smith's arm and leg were missing. Directions were good!!

[Mary Norvell, 06/29/2012]

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