Monday, August 5, 2013
Largest popcorn ball: Indiana State Fair breaks Guinness world record (VIDEO)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA -- The world's largest popcorn ball was created at the Indiana State Fair, besting the previous Guinness World Records' record by 1,450 pounds; the 6,510-pound popcorn ball, which is 8 feet in diameter and has a circumference of 24 feet, 9 inches, was unveiled at the Ball State Agriculture / Horticulture building and sets the new world record for the Largest popcorn ball,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: The World's largest popcorn ball weighing in at 6,510 pounds is comprised of 977 pounds of popped popcorn, 1,113 pounds of mushroom-shaped popcorn kernels and 5,534 of a syrup mixture that contains water, sugar and corn syrup to hold it together. Photo: Indiana State Fair (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest popcorn ball weighed 3,423 lb (1,552.64 kg) and was made by employees at The Popcorn Factory, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest popcorn sculpture; it measured 20 ft 10 in (6.35 m) tall, 12 ft 9 in (3.88 m) wide and weighed 11,688 lb (5,301.59 kg). It was created by 50 members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Jamaica, New York, United States.
The Indiana State Police Motor Pool measured the weight, with a margin of error of 196 pounds. Four roll-off scales were used to measure the weight of the ball, which is 8 feet in diameter and has a circumference of 24 feet, 9 inches.
The fair partnered with Snax in Pax, Pop Weaver and Indiana's Family of Farmers to pull off the popcorn feat, the RTV6 reported.
"We learned a lot during this long process. It's fun to see the finished product, and it's great to be a world record holder," said State Fair Education Specialist Stephanie DeCamp in a statement.
The base of it was built at Snax in Pax in Topeka, Ind. After it reached 2,700 pounds, it was taken to the fairgrounds, where staff members, board members and volunteers packed on another 3,800 pounds.
The World's largest popcorn ball is comprised of 977 pounds of popped popcorn, 1,113 pounds of mushroom-shaped popcorn kernels and 5,534 of a syrup mixture that contains water, sugar and corn syrup to hold it together.
The largest popcorn ball in the world will remain on display through the end of the fair on Aug. 18. After that, it will be pulled apart and used to feed livestock.
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