header 01Last weekend your PopCulteer and his patient wife made the trek Northward to Wheeling and Moundsville to attend The Marx Toy Convention. You will see photos and video from that trip on Saturday. However, while in Moundsville we took the time to stop at Johnny Shar’s Big Dipper Ice Cream Parlour.

This place is in a restored buidling just across the street from both the Moundsville Indian Mound and the West Virginia State Penitentiary. And it is an ice cream shop, but it’s also a mini-museum, chock-full-o carnival weirdness. We didn’t even make it upstairs, where there’s even more wild carnival artifacts, but I still got enough photos to bump the book review this week and bring you the sights of Johnny Shar’s Big Dipper.

Big-Dipper-5The description from the Marshall County tourism website says, “Come and enjoy a captivated reflection of “Days Gone By!” A historic building brought back to life in the form of a tastefully decorated ice cream shop featuring 32 flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream. In addition, the structure uniquely displays a vast array of vintage circus carnival memorabilia.”

Johnny Shar’s Big Dipper is located at 805 10th Street, Moundsville WV 26041. You can call them at (304) 281 – 7481 or (304) 621 – 0522. They’re open all year ’round and their hours are Noon to 10 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 8 PM Sunday.

Please enjoy our little photographic tour…

The view from the Mound parking lot

The view from the Mound parking lot

The ice cream counter

The ice cream counter

Yes, it's a roller coaster in the middle of the ice cream shop

Yes, it’s a roller coaster in the middle of the ice cream shop

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There s just too much cool stuff to caption every photo

There s just too much cool stuff to caption every photo

A Goofy view of more cool stuff

A Goofy view of more cool stuff

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Inside the coaster. Kids can sit there and enjoy their ice cream.

Inside the coaster. Kids can sit there and enjoy their ice cream.

Just take  in the carnival air

Just take in the carnival air

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More wild artifacts

More wild artifacts

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The tops of the walls, near the ceiling, sport shelves loaded with caracitures of famous stars

The tops of the walls, near the ceiling, sport shelves loaded with sculpted caracitures of famous stars

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Of course Robbie The Robot is there!

Of course Robbie The Robot is well-represented!

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ATTN: Lee Harrah

ATTN: Lee Harrah

Space stuff, ATTN: Mark Wolfe!

Space stuff, ATTN: Mark Wolfe!

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I think the funhouse mirror was not working that day. I really am this tall and thin.

I think the funhouse mirror was not working that day. I really am this tall and thin.

Another cool view

Another cool view

We take one last look back. This is definitely going to require a return visit.

We take one last look back. This is definitely going to require a return visit.