Meeting Svengoolie at Ultra Foods is at the Top of Every Horror Host Fans Shopping List!

332266_10150496304818368_829768367_11218892_858563345_oPhoto courtesy of Jim Roche

I had just seen Svengoolie the night before at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo (see story HERE) but couldn’t pass up another chance to do so the next day at a local grocery store called Ultra Foods. My reasoning was simple; this past month I’d put in a lot of mileage to see the national host at various locations throughout the Chicagoland (and beyond) area. How could I NOT see him when he was appearing ten minutes from where I live? So, despite the fact that my Facebook friends are starting to accuse me of stalking the poor fellow, off I went!

img_7291Ultra Foods in Chicago Heights

In past years (and especially these past weeks) I’ve had Sven sign just about everything from a Svengoolie doll to a wax Mold-a-Rama. There was one item, however, that I hadn’t had signed and this seemed the perfect opportunity to do so. Wisconsin host, Dr. Destruction, had given me a tin sign (given to him by a friend) that had found itself prominently displayed on my wall months ago. The sign was a promo from one of Sven’s past appearances at Great America’s Fright Fest and was just too large to carry around while still maintaining mobility.  I wasn’t sure how a grocery store visit would be in terms of a turn-out, so I figured now was my chance!

What I had assumed would be a mediocre event, ended up being one of Sven’s most memorable appearances!  Sven no sooner arrived when a fan driving a hearse stopped him in the parking lot (see photo at the top of this piece) for a picture with his macabre set of wheels. I arrived afterwards (that’s the irony, I apparently can only arrive early when he’s showing up farther away) and asked a clerk where Sven would be located. I walked over to the produce department and saw Jim Roche and Sven alone at a table. “Oh, great!” I thought. “I’ll have him all to myself (another bit of irony, I see Sven a LOT but never get much of a chance to actually chat with him).” It wasn’t until I got in front of his table that I noticed a line of eager fans awaiting their Svengoolie encounter!

Rather than simply stand in line, I had my son keep my place while I used the opportunity to talk to some of my fellow fans.  After all, if life had placed Svengoolie before lemons, then it was up to me to make lemonade (awaiting a projectile rubber chicken to hit me as I type this)! Before doing so, I thought I’d say hello to Sven’s devoted assistant and friend, Jim Roche!

The fans were very friendly and I selected a few (who appeared to be die-hards like me) to see if they’d be willing to chat…

Sadly, I missed seeing one fan who managed to bring along something to this signing NEVER seen at a Svengoolie event before; a real LIVE chicken! The family pet peeked its head out for a picture (below) and Svengoolie commented later on how well-behaved it was. I sure hope she avoided walking past the poultry section on her way out for fear of traumatizing the poor thing!

330929_10150496305483368_829768367_11218909_849503471_oSvengoolie finds LIVE chickens a lot friendlier than rubber ones! (photo courtesy of Jim Roche)

When it was my turn to see Svengoolie I joked how I’d always wanted to meet him and presented my sign…

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All in all, one of the friendliest and most unique Sven appearances I’ve seen to date! Ultra Foods strategically placed Sven by the Halloween candy and, from what I saw, the ploy had clearly worked! I am no fan of grocery shopping (especially with the food prices these days) but getting to see my favorite host was certainly a great incentive. Now if only I could get him to appear at my dentist’s office…

Dave Fuentes~

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One response

  1. Wow, this is great Dave! It was like being there all over again. Good time!!

    November 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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