Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin: JFK's World's Largest Ball of Twine

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Address:
8009 S. Oakdale Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI
Directions:
From Superior: Take US 53 south about four miles after it splits with US 2. Turn left on Hwy B. East on Hwy B three miles, then turn right on Hwy P (Ash St.). South almost two miles, then turn left on E. Minnesuing Rd. The first right will be S. Oakdale Rd. The ball is in an open-sided shed, on the southwest corner.
Hours:
Visitors welcome, but you have to sign the journal in the Twine Ball mailbox.
Admission:
Free
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JFK's Twine Ball

JFK's World's Largest Ball of Twine
This remote ball of baler twine is, by some measures, the biggest in the world. It's certainly the heaviest (approaching 23,000 pounds). A solo backyard project. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [08/30/2015]
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JFK and his twine ball.

JFK's World's Largest Ball of Twine

We visited JFK on 7-17-17. He was just as gracious as others described. The twine ball is now 10 feet tall and weighs 22,670 pounds.

[New Mexico Gal, 07/22/2017]

Twine ball.

JFK's Twine Ball: World's Largest?

The ball of twine is housed under a roof next to a normal-looking grey house. The locals we talked to said that the artist really appreciates when visitors stop by.

[Sconniez, 07/26/2015]

That's a different string type and wrap pattern than we saw years ago. All those crazy knots. JFK innovating? Perhaps favoring size over core density....

Junior and JFK.

World's Heaviest Twine Ball

I talked with JFK, and he said that "Junior" is also made of twine. It's 47 pounds. He said that he stopped at 47 pounds because he was born on February 2, 1947. I also brought a bag with twine in it, which he graciously accepted as a contribution to the ball -- and traded me a piece of his.

[Kim Newell, 08/12/2012]

JFK is the last of the four Giant Twine Ball creators still personally enlarging his colossus. He was gracious when we met him as well, and seems to be a good ambassador for his exclusive fraternity.

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