My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Iowa's Largest Frying Pan

October 15th, 2006 - Brandon, IA

Iowa's Largest Frying Pan

"Iowa?", you ask. Yes, Iowa. We aren't afraid of branching out here a bit. We call it "bonus big stuff". And, frankly, a gigantic frying pan is the perfect thing to break up the boredom that has overcome you from driving 2-3 hours across Iowa. Too bad it was so close to Cedar Rapids, our destination for the weekend.

We were on our way to a wedding in Cedar Rapids when we found out about the frying pan. There was a small, modest sign along I-380 South stating that Iowa's Largest Frying Pan was in Brandon. We didn't have time to stop because we were on a schedule, but I made a mental note of it. We were definitely stopping on the way back.

The next morning we find ourselves in Brandon at the pan. It's real easy to find. You simply get off 380 at the Brandon exit and drive across town and you'll see it. As we were there, another couple pulls in because they saw the sign (now you have Ace of Base in your head, don't you?) too. That little sign works great.

The pan was built to commemorate/promote a fund-raising breakfast the city holds to raise money for a new community center. The pan is big enough to hold 44 dozen eggs or 350 pork chops or, it looks like, about 8 people. There is a place to leave donations and they ask you to leave your name and where you are from so they can add it to their list that is posted next to the pan. This list includes many cities from all over the US and even includes many other countries, like Denmark and Nepal.

It truly is pantastic.


Mykl Roventine said...

Pantastic! Nice. I'll have to add this to my Must See Iowa list.

Josh said...

This was actually our Christmas card last year.