World's Largest Ball of Twine


A very big attraction is getting a small town some worldwide attention.
"It's just a lot of fun, it gives us publicity, even if they laugh and make fun of us we, don't mind," said Linda Clover.
That source of laughter is the {A href="" target=_blank}World's Largest Ball of Twine. Farmer Frank Stoeber started winding the ball in 1953. It soon outgrew his farm and found a permanent home in Cawker City, Kansas for all to see.
"I have stood at the steps and watch people walk up the steps and they always smile and that always means a lot," said current caretaker, Clover.
The ball is made of all natural sisal twine and the townsfolk wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's all sisal twine, sometimes I find a piece of yarn or string and I may push that in, but
if it's plastic it disappears."
And you can always keep adding to it.
"I tell children that you're making a world record, you're making the ball bigger than it
was," Clover said.
Many businesses have closed in recent years. So a local artist decided to make replicas of famous paintings but with a unique twist, they all have a ball of twine. Like following the yellow brick road in this Kansas town, a yellow line of string leads the way.
Some people may be embarrassed by the big ball, but Linda says folks should be proud of all 18,000 pounds and nearly 8 million feet of twine.
"It means that when you grow up and leave home you can remember that there was something important in your town," she said.
Visitors can go to the ball of twine 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you want to add twine, Linda says all you have to do is get a hold of her and she will wind
you up some fun.

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