Darwin, Minnesota is the home of a ball of baler twine rolled by Francis A. Johnson. It is 12 feet (3.7 m) in diameter and weighs 17,400 pounds (7,900 kg). Johnson began rolling the twine in March 1950, and wrapped four hours every day for 29 years. It is currently housed in an enclosed gazebo across from the town park on Main Street to prevent the public from touching it. The town celebrates “Twine Ball Day” on the second Saturday in August every year. An adjacent volunteer-run, free to visit museum and gift shop has information on the history of the ball, as well as selling a variety of souvenirs. It was the long-standing holder of the “biggest ball of twine” title in the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the title from its completion in 1979 until 1994, and was immortalized by “Weird Al” Yankovic in his 1989 song “The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.”

World's Largest Ball of Twine Made By One Man 1st Street Darwin Minnesota

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