Seeing the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball

This weekend my family and I will make our annual pilgrimage to the Indiana State Fair. Animals, tractors, rides, fried things, pie competitions, 4-H needlepoints, school science projects. Possibly you have to be a fellow native Midwesterner to understand the deep and abiding joy that the State Fair causes to bloom in my blackened Brooklynite heart, but trust me: It’s amazeballs. And this year, possibly even more literally amazeballs than usual. I happen to follow the Indiana State Fair on Facebook (because, why wouldn’t you), and so have observed with nail-biting anxiety the step-by-step creation of the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, created just for this year’s fair, and seen above mid-construction, being trucked into the fairgrounds for completion. It weighs 6,500 pounds. And that, my friends, is what’s awesome about the State Fair. Why make a 6,500-pound popcorn ball? In the name of all that is great and American, why NOT? Here’s a video of the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball being unveiled. (I call your attention to the slightly amused young women wearing tiaras who are like, “This is so not going on my Instagram.”) What’s the most amazeballs thing you’ve ever seen at the fair?

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