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World's Largest Ball Of Twine Built by a Community

825 Wisconsin St, Cawker City, Kansas 67430 USA

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“growing strong since 1953!”

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 781-4713 or email clover@nckcn.com. If you haven't made advance arrangements, try stopping at the Almost Done Inn and ask Lottie Herod for some twine. She is the nice little lady who has designed most of the Ball of Twine related souvenirs.

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Reviewed by
HandyCapps

  • 3 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
August 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

This place gets 5 stars because I visited it at night. And oh my god, so creepy it was awesome. I was scared to get out of my car to take pictures but I did. Awkwardly smelled good too.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Cameysoap

  • 20 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
July 09, 2017
Rated 5.0

I mean, why not visit?! It was really strange to see a wad of twine. It does stink to high heaven and I wasn't about to hug it like others were doing. All I could think about was flesh eating bacteria. But hey, that's just me.

Perfect little free stop on the way to Little Lady Liberty and the Center of the USA monument. There is gas next door, but not much else.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A. Crews

  • 55 Reviews
  • 90 Helpful
August 01, 2016

Good photo opp but not much else, town seemed like it was mostly empty when I stopped by and there wasn't anything across the street except for an empty lot and an old looking sign advertising souvenirs for .25 but i did not see a shop or any visitor information.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
KevinW

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 01, 2016

Been there two summers ago. Town is small and local gas station attendednt came up the block to tell us about the ball, sign the visitor list, and take our picture. Fun experience for us and the kids.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
HudsonTX

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

Be sure to stop by the gift shop. You'll get a piece of twine to add to the ball!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ScottMcKenzie1980

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 01, 2016

A great stop across this part of the country. But, the town is a little empty.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Boo1974

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 01, 2016
Rated 4.0

Just what we expected- a giant ball of twine! My son read about this in The Genius Files book, so we had to stop. Fun photo op. Would have given 5 stars if town had been a bit more lively...on a Sunday nothing was open.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
angelad22207

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 13, 2015
Rated 3.0

Pretty neat little stop, but beware the bugs!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jim Pendergast

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 11, 2021
Rated 1.0

07-10-2021: No ball often e at this address.

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Reviewed by
bigrp73

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 30, 2021
Rated 5.0

Awesome little town, we travel by motorcycle. There are cool little shops in town also. It was a very neat and great stop on our trip. Plenty of parking and easy to get to.

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World's Largest Ball Of Twine Built by a Community

825 Wisconsin St
Cawker City, Kansas
67430 USA

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