The massive, and mobile, 12-foot tall Red Elephant that has greeted Gainesville locals for years, many times wishing a lucky person happy birthday or celebrating an event, found a home with Pro Touch Landscapes last summer and became the company’s official mascot.
Although Big Red, a name chosen through a Facebook contest, was broken, run down and in need of a massive facelift when Pro Touch owner’s Brad Sample, Zack Thompson and Ryan Thompson purchased him.
Knowing of the massive restoration project of Big Red, Brad, Zack and Ryan enlisted the help of the Pro Touch Landscapes employees to restore Big Red to his original grandeur.
The work to restore Big Red began in June and took a few months of painting, rebuilding the marquee signs and acquiring a new trailer and he was ready to greet and celebrate with Gainesvillians once again.
Big Red has been gracing Gainesville residents for years but he’s taken on different looks over the years. A report from RoadsideAmerica.com in 2004 mentioned Big Red and at the time he was pink and had black-rimmed glasses! At that time the Pink Elephant stood at the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and Pearl Nix Parkway.
Big Red has had several owners through the years but after his stint as a pink elephant he went on to be painted red and be a mobile mascot (for hire) in honor of the Gainesville High Red Elephants.
Big Red can be rented for school events, birthdays, promotions and parties; please give Pro Touch a call (770-534-0041770-534-0041) and reserve Big Red for your next special event.
Big Red Pricing
1 Day Onsite Rental $75
1 Day Rental (location of your choice) $100
3 Day Onsite Rental $100
3 Day Rental (location of your choice) $150
Weekly Onsite Rental $150
Weekly Rental (location of your choice) $250