Iowa October 13, 2018
9 Oddly Gigantic Items You Can Only Find In Iowa And Can’t Stop Staring At
If you’ve ever driven across Iowa, you know that there is a LOT of empty space. While most of us live in urban areas and the state is getting less and less rural every year, that doesn’t change the fact that this is rolling farmland and big sky country. When you’ve got that much space, there is only one thing to do: fill it up with the world’s largest nonsense. Check out some of the creative art that Iowans have bestowed upon their countryside:
1. The World's Largest Strawberry
This 15 foot tall statue was designed by an ad agency in the 1960s, and today it lives in the aptly named Strawberry Point.
2. The World's Largest Popcorn Ball, Sac City
This 8 foot tall, 5,000 pound popcorn ball would certainly make your stomach hurt! Luckily, it's behind glass in Sac City, so you won't be tempted to chow down.
3. The World's Largest Truck Stop, Walcott
The I-80 truck stop is just ridiculous. Not only are there restaurants and cafeterias, but you'll find a barber, dentist, library and movie theater here, too!
4. The World's Largest Bull, Audubon
Audubon's famous Bull once starred in a super bowl commercial! He weighs 45 tons and is one of Iowa's most recognizable landmarks.
5. The World's Largest Swedish Coffee Cup, Stanton
Stanton's giant Coffee Cup water tower could have held over 800,000 cups of the stuff! Stanton was home to the famous "Mrs. Olsen" from long running Folgers commercials.
6. The World's Largest Frying Pan, Brandon
This gigantic frying pan in the tiny town of Brandon could fry up 44 dozen eggs... if you could ever find a big enough stove!
7. The World's Largest Gnome, Ames
Elwood, the world's tallest concrete gnome, lives in a peaceful paradise at Reiman Gardens. Visit the gardens in the winter, when they set up a gorgeous holiday train village.
8. The World's Largest Ear of Corn, Coon Rapids
Coon Rapids is a strange place. After all, what town decides that their roadside attraction will be the world's largest rotating ear of corn? They're certainly commemorating Iowa's agriculture!
9. The World's Largest Bullhead, Crystal Lake
Everyone talks about the giant fish they catch in Crystal Lake, but now everyone can take home a trophy photo. Step in front of this 12 foot long monster and say "cheese!"
Each of these Iowa oddities deserves a visit, but nothing is perhaps as breathtaking as the I-80 Truck Stop. Read about how
Iowa Has A Massive Truck Stop That’s Bigger Than Most Small Towns right here.