The pan was built in 2004 by men of the local community of Brandon. It took these men a little over forty volunteer man hours to construct the frying pan. It is made out of scrap steel that was donated by local farmers. The pan was originally built as a promotional tool for the Brandon Area Community Club's semi-annual fundraiser, the "cowboy breakfast". They chose to build a large frying pan because the cowboy breakfast is cooked over open flames using mostly cast iron frying pans.
When the Brandon area locals built the frying pan they never considered checking to see if there were any other large frying pans anywhere else in the world. They later found out that in Long Beach, Washington the world's largest frying pan existed measuring 14 feet 6 inches in total length and 9 feet 6 inches rim diameter, a mere 3 inches larger than Iowa's largest frying pan. After much research the creators realized that there were many frying pans that claimed to be the world's largest pan so they just called it Iowa's largest frying pan. It probably ranks second or third in the world depending on the size of the pans in Maine and North Carolina.
Join Brandon for the annual Cowboy Breakfast Sunday, September 16, 2012. Call 319-474-2122