SAC CITY, Iowa | On June 18, hundreds of volunteers pitched in to make the World's Largest Popcorn Ball, weighing in at 9,370 pounds -- almost 5 tons of sweet, sticky popcorn -- at the Noble Popcorn Plant in Sac City.
Since that time the ball has been hidden under a tarp to protect it from the weather while its permanent home was being built at the Sac City Museum complex on Main Street. The ball was too big to fit into any available building.
On Friday, the giant popcorn ball was moved to the Museum site at 13th & Main streets.
This new popcorn ball follows three other "record holders" for Sac City: a 2,225-pound ball built in 1995, a 3,100-pound ball in 2004, and a 5,000-pound ball in 2009.
The group plans to raise money to spray this ball with a polyurethane to preserve it.
Maneuvering something this big isn't easy - it takes extended forks on huge forklifts and pay loaders to pick up the ball, balancing it carefully to move it to the site where it will be on display. Besides the weight of the popcorn ball, the mold and pallet weigh another 2 tons.
The balancing act was performed by Steve Engel of Engel Agri Sales with assistance from Sac County Secondary Roads. The project was to be completed in time for Sac City's annual Chautauqua Days this weekend.
The ball sits in a special mold created by Lundell Plastics in Odebolt, and they both sit upon a pallet designed by Evapco Iowa. Ingredients for the ball were donated by Noble Popcorn, Snappy Popcorn and JM Swank. Many other businesses and individuals donated products and helped raise money for the building to house Sac County's newest attraction.