History of Sac City Iowa and their Largest Popcorn Ball Journey
World’s Biggest Popcorn Ball
The First Ball - 2,225 lbs
Our first popcorn ball weighed 2,225 pounds – it met its demise two years after its creation in April of 1995.
As an attraction at the county fair in August of 1997, the ball was loaded with 7 sticks of dynamite to blow it up and make it “rain popcorn”. The grandstands were filled with people anticipating the explosion. The national media was on hand to record the unique event. Alas, 7 sticks of dynamite were no match for the sticky mass as it broke apart in several pieces instead of raining popcorn.
The Second Ball - 3,100 lbs
Our record was challenged and beat in September of 1995 by the Boy Scouts.
Our record was challenged and beat in September of 1995 by the Boy Scouts. So, in June of 2004, we set out to make our second “World’s Largest Popcorn Ball”. Seven hours and 13 minutes later, we had created a 3,100-pound ball.
The Third Ball - 5,000 lbs
And then we received the news – our 2nd, 3100-pound ball record had been beaten again.
Sac City people are never one to back down from a challenge, so plans were soon hatched to create another record holder – only this time it was going to be really BIG. That’s right—these fun-loving Sac County folks signed up to make their 3rd ball. The goal was to build a 5,000-pound popcorn ball – large enough that no one will “dare to challenge” the record again. This took a lot of popcorn, syrup & sugar, and lots of volunteers. So, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, all Sac City volunteers gathers at the Noble Popcorn plant in Sac City, Iowa. We made our 3rd “World’s Largest Popcorn Ball”. It weighed 5,000 pounds.
The Final Ball - 9,370lbs
AGAIN, this record was beat, so again, Sac City came together to make their 4th “World’s Largest Popcorn Ball” on June 18th, 2016.
This time we had the help of some large equipment. The 4th Largest Popcorn Ball weighed 9,370 pounds. This Largest Popcorn Ball is on display at the Sac City, Iowa Museum. Everyone is always welcome to come visit and be amazed at how big this popcorn ball is.
Sac City, Iowa
home of the Largest Popcorn Ball and many other exciting and beautiful things
The Sac City Museum is where you will find the Largest Popcorn Ball but you will also be transported back in time. There are many items that will bring back the good old day. Or walk thru their village, consisting of a doctor’s office, post office, general store, Church with a working organ, an old schoolhouse, and many more buildings to explore.
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