Largest popcorn ball-world record set by the
Noble Popcorn Factory
SAC CITY, IA, USA --Volunteers from all over Sac
County and the staff at the Noble
Popcorn Farm used 1500 lbs. of popcorn, 2400 lbs.
of sugar and 1100 lbs. of syrup mix add to build a whopping
5000 lb. popcorn ball-which sets the world record for the
Sac City is the self-proclaimed "Popcorn
Capital of the World" because of the approximately 4.8
million pounds of it produced here each year.
The new world
record popcorn ball is the equivalent of 10,000 of
large-size bags of flavored popcorn – nearly enough to give
one bag to each of the county's 11,500 residents – and worth
between $25,000 and $30,000 at retail prices.
Shirley Phillips came up with the idea
for the ball in 1995.
City held the record in 95' and 2004, but Sac City
had to beat the previous
record of 3,423 pounds, held by a company in in Illinois.
Preparations to get this far, have
taken a week, but the craft of popcorn building, can be molded
at any age.
The popcorn is heated to 260 degrees so
you have to get your hands really oiled up so the popcorn
doesn't stick to your hands.
Hundreds of hands helped create the monster
masterpiece even though only 2300 people live in Sac
City. That means there are two pounds of popcorn ball
for each resident.
"It brings everybody together and I think
everybody sticks together and it's one of those things about
being in a small town," says volunteer David Engel.
David Engel, 28, came out to help as a
City resident and business owner. "It's just one of
those deals," he said, pointing out several fellow volunteers
who had spent money with him.
Besides attracting invaluable media publicity,
largest popcorn ball, displayed in a small shed built
just for it, draws tourists off Highway 20 by the bus load.
"To us, it doesn't mean a darn thing," factory
owner Milo Lines said. He was a pharmacist in town,
as well as mayor, before he and his wife, Sally, bought the
factory in 1985.
"But to a tourist – it draws them in. It's an
oddity, and cost-wise, it's not much."
The new world
record popcorn ball will eventually be housed at the
Sac City Museum on Main Street.
Monday, March 2, 2009
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