Frank Stoeber started the World's Largest Ball of Twine in 1953. In just 4 years the giant ball of twine weighed 5,000 pounds and stood 8 feet high. Stoeber gave the ball of twine to Cawker City, Kansas in 1961. Many of the businesses on Cawker City's short main street have paintings containing the giant ball of twine in their windows. A twine stripe painted on the sidewalks leads from the World's Largest Ball of Twine to the pictures.
Each August a twine-a-thon is held and additional twine is added by the residents of the community and visitors - this is your chance to be part of one of the World's Largest Things. The Cawker City web page about the twine-a-thon hasn't been updated in a couple of years, but the event includes a horseshoe pitching contest, car show, food, and (of course) adding twine to the world's largest ball.
You can arrange to add twine to the World's Largest Ball Twine at other times. Call 785 781 4470 or 785 781 4713 or email email@example.com. If souvenir shop should happen to be opened across the street from the Ball of Twine, Lottie will give people a piece of twine to add. They will even add the length of your twine to the official total.
There is more to the World's Largest Ball of Twine than you will expect.
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