Large Rotating Ear of Corn in Coon Rapids, Iowa

As you drive across America, each city, each state, proudly welcomes you into its borders with some sort of greeting signpost. Many are standard issue billboards announcing the town name or state name, the motto, the population, the fact that their girls softball team won the championships in 1972, that a president was born there, that they are the home of tax free shopping. Something like that. But not all of those welcome signs feature a giant rotating vegetable like the giant rotating ear of corn that serves as a welcome into Coon Rapids, Iowa.

Driving down Highway 141 through Iowa you may come across this strange type of town marker. Perched at the entrance to Coon Rapids, Iowa, “In the Heart of Corn Country” is a sign not only welcoming you to the fair town, but also displaying a giant ear of corn so big if you tried to eat it you’d be picking remnants from your teeth for weeks. It’s an a-maize-ing roadside attraction in Iowa!

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Large Rotating Ear of Corn - a roadside attraction in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Standing at about 10-feet tall this big ear of corn slowly rotates as an American flag flies above it. Talk about genetically modified vegetables!

Large Rotating Ear of Corn - a roadside attraction in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Coon Rapids itself has a population of approximately 1,294. While it may not be the world’s largest eat of corn, I’m pretty sure that this ear of corn could feel the entire town for dinner… and then some! (Maybe it’s harvested by the Jolly Green Giant? Maybe.)

Large Rotating Ear of Corn - a roadside attraction in Coon Rapids, Iowa

And in case you don’t believe me, here’s a video of it rotating! Doesn’t it POP!?!?!

Love large corn? Be sure to also look for these CORN-y roadside attractions: Field of Giant Corn Cobs in Dublin, Ohio (Cornhenge); Agri-Symbol: A 76-Foot-Tall Corn Stalk in Shelby, Iowa; and the Big Ear of Corn in Casey, Illinois/

Large Rotating Ear of Corn

Location: 3095 IA-141, Coon Rapids, IA
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date of Photos: September 1, 2008

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The Large Rotating Ear of Corn in Coon Rapids, Iowa is a popping Iowa roadside attraction. Watch this giant vegetable spin – it’s a-maize-ing! Visit this weird destination on an Iowa road trip and add it to your travel bucket list of things to do in Iowa on your summer vacation.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.