Indiana State Fair home to world’s largest popcorn ball
August 6, 2013 By Meghan Grebner Filed Under: Human Interest, News
It’s the Year of Popcorn and to celebrate the Indiana State Fair created the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball. The official weight of the popcorn ball, which is 8 feet in diameter, has a circumference of 24’9” is 6,510 pounds.
Mindy Reef, with the Indiana Family of Farmers, says the popcorn ball is a great way to reach out to consumers. “Everyone knows what a popcorn ball is and being the “World’s Largest” is a huge draw no matter what it is,” she says. “The popcorn ball helps people bridge a gap. Popcorn starts on the farm and this popcorn will be on display for a while and then will go right back to the farm and used to feed animals.”
In the end – the popcorn ball needed 977 pounds of popped popcorn; 1,113 pounds of mushroom-shaped popcorn kernels; and 5,534 pounds of caramel-like syrup to hold the popcorn ball together.
The ball will remain on display throughout the fair at the Ball State Agriculture/Horticulture Building.
AUDIO: Mindy Reef, Indiana Family of Farmers (2:30mp3)
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