“Let’s stop quick to see the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball!” I told my husband as our family drove by Sac City, Iowa. I’d heard about this record-breaking popcorn ball but had never seen it in person. We figured a five-minute side trip would be a great break before heading to our destination, a park in a neighboring town. Our break ended up being longer than five minutes, and we never made it to our intended destination. Turns out, there is more in Sac City than a Popcorn Ball!
We were glad we made this roadside stop. This is not the first time a last minute stop proved to be amazing though. Check out my post about Elma, Iowa here. We may start taking these impromptu side trips more often!
We checked out the giant ball of popcorn located on Main Street. It is composed of a whopping 900 pounds of popcorn, 2,700 pounds of sugar, and 1,400 pounds of syrup! Impressive! It was remade in 2009 to maintain the ‘world’s largest’ title. The reconstruction process took 230 volunteers and nearly 13 hours of labor. I can’t even begin to imagine what a sticky mess that included!
The World’s Largest Popcorn Ball is housed in its own building at the Sac City Museum Complex. We had no idea there would be more to see. Lucky for us, we also stopped during the museum’s open hours. The regular hours are weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment by calling (712) 662-4994 or (712) 662-7290. Just because it is closed for the season, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop! There is still a lot to see, but if you are planning a trip to Sac City, be sure to call in advance. Trust me, it will be well worth it!
The Sac City Museum Complex includes an old-time general store, church, school house, doctor’s office, post office, and several other buildings celebrating the heritage of the area. These buildings quaintly form a circle around a gazebo that looked perfect for a picnic or an afternoon of relaxation. We took our time exploring these buildings and learning about the past. Our girls especially enjoyed playing in the school house and ringing the bell at the church. It was as if we stepped back in time as we walked through the little village.
The Sac City Museum itself is housed in an old bank building. We saved that for the end of our self-guided tour of the grounds. It was close to closing time, and although the volunteers offered to allow us to stay longer, we decided it would be best to come back another time. We took a few minutes to take a quick look around though. The museum was full of exhibits relating to the history of Sac County. We were intrigued by the ‘ancient’ television set as well as old toys on display.
We had a great time exploring the Sac City Museum Complex. I am already planning another trip to Sac City. There were so many things we didn’t get to see on our last minute trip. Here are just a few of the things we are saving for another day (or two):
That should keep us busy for awhile! If you know of other ‘must-see’ places in the Sac City area, let me know. We are always up for another adventure! In the meantime, keep exploring Small Town Iowa and taking unexpected side trips! You never know what you may find!