Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).
For more than 20 years, A & K Detailing's technicians have cleaned cars and buffed them to a beautiful shine. They've held out their hands to classic cars, modern wheels, and robotic horses alike, luring them inside the garage with various shampoos, protective agents, and waxes from brands such as Meguiar's and 3M. Their complete detailing packages cover the whole car—engines, trunks, carpets, doorjambs, vents, glass, and anything else that's dirty. Other services include headlight restoration, window tinting, dent removal, and ozone treatments that eliminate stubborn odors and comfort nostalgic Everest climbers. In addition to maintaining a car's existing elements, they can also install a range of protective accessories such as grill guards and bumpers.
Your Groupon grants you aerial access to a Cessna 172 ($49–$50 per half hour, depending on location). As you hop into the cockpit, study the navigational dials and instruments. Firmly grip the yoke. Then see how many witty quips you can squeeze in over the intercom before it's time to fly. Each lesson is copiloted by one of Givens' expert instructors ($20 per half hour). Having logged countless flight hours, your copilot will keep your confidence and nose up as you take in the basics. Though it may be difficult to resist showing off for friends, save the barrel rolling for professional stunt pilots and Donkey Kong.
Sparkle Brite Car Wash's deluxe #3 cleaning provides a relentless beat-down on auto-dirt and moto-grime. Peanut butter smears are no match for the full-service wash, which includes a tri-foam protectant and Rain-X protectant to repel rain and globs of peanut butter. Underbelly washing and tire shining leave ventral ends and extremities refreshed, and an inner-cavity-suction session digs out french fries and pennies. To top it off, a delicately placed air freshener cycles a sweet scent through both the driver's and car's noses. As you await automotive metamorphosis, relax in Sparkle Brite's spacious and cheery indoor shop.
As dawn breaks over the campsite, soldiers begin stirring in their tents. Some tend to breakfasts over campfires while others see to the artillery. It's a scene straight from a Revolutionary War encampment—and that's exactly the way the reenactors intended it. Each year, roughly 275 of them flock to Locust Grove to camp out for two days, each of which ends with an artfully staged mock battle.
But when visitors come to the 18th Century Market Fair, they won't just find battle awaiting them. Top-notch craftsmen and artisans also roam the grounds, hawking replicas of 18th-century military and household items. "It's all very reminiscent of the type of market days they would have had during this time period," says Locust Grove's program director, Mary Beth Williams. Cooks dish up stews, pies, and cornbread alongside wine, ales, and apple cider. Nearby, families and historical buffs alike cheer on jugglers, watch as women prepare meals in the colonial kitchen, and listen to live music. And it's not just adults and time travelers creating the historical scene. "There's a lot of re-enactors of all ages," Mary Beth says. "I think it's particularly fun for kids to see other kids running around in period costume."
The fair's grounds lend to the historical accuracy. William and Lucy Clark Croghan built Locust Grove in 1790, on 55 acres of rolling land. To this day, their original Federal-style house remains, with its separate kitchen, icehouse, spring house, and barn. Over the years, Locust Grove was inhabited by Revolutionary War commander George Rogers Clark and served as a stopping point for Lewis and Clark as they walked across America as part of an early Nike ad campaign.