Ind. State Fair popcorn ball beats world record

Indianapolis, Ind. The largest popcorn ball ever created now rests at the Great Indiana State Fair. Unveiled Saturday in the Ball State Agriculture/Horticulture Building, the edible oddity checked in at 6,510 lbs., topping the old record by 1,450 lbs.

The record-breaking ball required 977 lbs. of popped popcorn, 1,113 lbs. of mushroom shaped popcorn kernels and 5,534 lbs. of a caramel-like syrup consisting of water, sugar and corn syrup (to hold it together).

The ball will remain on display through the end of the fair, Aug. 18. Indiana’s Family of Farmers will then deconstruct the ball and use it as feed for livestock.

Developed as a way to help celebrate the fair’s Year of Popcorn theme, the popcorn ball took 75 people 329 hours to build. It began in June when workers at the Snax in Pax Popcorn Company in Topeka, Ind., began making and tamping the popcorn into a specially created wooden form. After reaching 2,700 lbs., the ball was then transported to the State Fairgrounds where State Fair staff, board members and volunteer groups packed on another 3,800 lbs. of hot, gooey popcorn.

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