Iowa Is Home To Some Of The Weirdest “World’s Largest”
If you ask anyone, they’ll tell you that Iowa is known for corn, farms, and more corn. But, what you might not know is that Iowa is home to some of the world’s largest attractions. Some of them are bizarrely random but all are most definitely worth visiting!
1. World’s Largest Strawberry
Located in the appropriately named Strawberry Point, Iowa, this fiberglass strawberry sculpture was created in the 1960’s and measures 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide! Strawberry Point was founded in 1853 and according to their official website, was “named by the soldiers, traders, and railroad workers who enjoyed the bountiful wild strawberries found along the area’s trails and hillsides.”
2. World’s Largest Swedish Coffee Pot
Located in Stanton, Iowa, this humongous coffee pot was once the town’s water tower. Holding over 50,000 gallons of water, this would be a caffeine addicts paradise if it were full of coffee. It was created as a tribute local Virginia Christine who portrayed “Mrs. Olson”, the kind hearted Swedish mother from Folgers Coffee commercials.
3. World’s Largest Popcorn Ball
Sac City is home to the world’s largest popcorn ball which weighs in at nearly 10,000 pounds which is an insane amount of buttery goodness. Sac City definitely gets bragging rights in corn country. Inspired by Noble Popcorn Plant, an infamous company that helped Sac County gain reputation as the “Popcorn Capital of the World”, this attraction draws crowds from all over.
4. World’s Largest Concrete Gnome
Ames, Iowa is home of Elwood, the 15 foot tall concrete gnome. Elwood was almost beaten by an 18 foot gnome sculpture in Poland, but luckily the European competitor was constructed of fiberglass while Elwood was made of concrete. Therefore, Elwood was still able to be named the world’s largest CONCRETE gnome. Elwood was made by artists Andy and Connie Kautza to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010.
5. World's Largest Truckstop
This is perhaps the best known one, The Iowa 80 Truckstop. It is now considered the World’s Largest Truckstop. It was established in1964. "Not far from the Mississippi River, adjacent to the small town of Walcott."
6. World’s Largest Bull
A major favorite for many. This bull is located in Audubon Iowa, this bull stands 30-feet tall! He was built in 1963 and weighs 45 tons! They gave him the name Albert the Bull.
Some other "worlds largest" things in Iowa include: "THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHEETO," "WORLD’S LARGEST MANMADE GROTTO," "WORLD’S LARGEST WOODEN NICKEL," and "WORLD’S LARGEST POCAHONTAS."
Wow those are some random large things to be the home of! Have you been to any of these spots? Which one is your favorite?