Things to Do
“Things are always popping in Sac County.” From the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball to the popular Black Hawk Lake, there are attractions to match every interest and season of the year. Peruse the listings below, or go to our Area Links page for community websites. Extend your time in Sac County with a stay at one of the many campsites, cabins, and hotels.
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Attractions by City
Sac County Barn Quilts
Our historic barns and corncribs feature the colorful quilt blocks with ties to rural life. The county features more than 150 painted quilts throughout the county, which you can visit along with many interesting attractions along the way. The Barn Quilt website has a map, brochure, and more.
Andy Williams Birthplace
102 E. 1st Street | Wall Lake, IA 51466 | 712-664-2262 or 712-662-2765
The 1930s-era birthplace of Andy Williams was restored in 1998 along with a visit from Andy himself and most of his family. He helped celebrate the grand opening o the birthplace with the signing of his most famous tune, “Moon River.” Andy’s house is filled with memorabilia, photos, and memories. The house is generally open weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Cookies Food Products, Inc.
614 W 1st Street | Wall Lake, IA 51466 | 800-331-4995
Wall Lake is home to the production facility for Cookies Bar “B” “Q” sauces and seasonings, sold in stores throughout the midwest.
Black Hawk Lake
Lake View, IA 51450
Lake View is anchored by the 957-acre Black Hawk Lake and the Iowa State Park of the same name. The lake features playgrounds, trails, and summer activities like camping, boating, fishing, and swimming, while winter options include skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. The Stone Piers along the lake are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The piers mark the site of the summer concert series, bringing in musical acts throughout each summer.
Lake View Historical Museum
114 Crescent Park Drive | Lake View, IA 51450
Built in 1996, the Lake View Historical Museum offers a glimpse of the town’s history. Grounds include a log cabin dating to approximately 1870 and a one-eighth scale of a one-room school house. The museum also features a unique collection of 130 species of birds which have been stuffed and mounted. The museum is open Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sauk Rail Trail
Lake Black Hawk | Lake View, IA 51450 | 712-662-4530
The 33-mile Sauk Rail Trail connects Black Hawk Lake State Park in Wall Lake with Swan Lake State Park in Carroll County. Trail passes are required (18+) for users, at $1.00 per day or $15.00 per year; they are available at the trailheads or from the Sac County Conservation Board. The trail website outlines the communities along the 33-mile trail.
Lytton Historical Museum
2335 Main Street | Lytton, IA 50561 | 712-660-0823
Displays of old-time creamery, elevator, depot, rural and community schools, and other items of local history. Open by appointment only.
First State Bank
100 S. Main Street | Odebolt, IA 51458 | 712-668-2218
A century old as of 2015, the First State Bank of Ida Grove can trace its history to 1915 when it was opened as First National Bank of Ida Grove. It operated through 1934 before being closed to the public for 33 years; Odebolt State Bank operated the building until 2008 when the bank was sold to its current owner. The building maintains a small history room and is open as a working bank from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Iowa Rural Schools Museum
122 W. 2nd Street | Odebolt, IA 51458 | 712-830-8328
In October 2011, the Richland #1 rural school house was moved from the country to Heritage Square in Odebolt. It’s been furnished with country school memorabilia from Odebolt area and state of Iowa, including some artifacts dating to the school’s opening in 1883. Regular hours are Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through October.
Odebolt Historical Museum
137 2nd Street | Odebolt, IA 51458 | 712-668-2766 or 712-668-4338
Located on the northeast corner of 2nd and Maple Streets as part of the Heritage Square district in Odebolt, the museum contains a number of exhibits and local artifacts. Open by appointment only by calling the numbers above.
Peterson Pioneer Home
128 2nd Street | Odebolt, IA 51458 | 712-664-2789
In 2012, the Peterson Pioneer Home was moved from its original site on Walnut Street to the newly-minted Historical Square in Odebolt. It’s a fine example of an 1886 pioneer home for a family of seven that remains in near-original condition.
1609 270th Street | Odebolt, IA 51458 | 712-668-4840 | email@example.com
What sprouted as a backyard business in 1985 has grown to a seven-acre farmstead with more than 75 themed gardens, all neatly arranged to delight visitors throughout the growing season. Participate in a guided tour or browse leisurely. Special groups and clubs may arrange private tours by calling for reservations; sack lunches are available and buses are more than welcome. Peak season is April through mid-October.
Park Ave. | Sac City, IA 50583 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Built in 1908, Sac City’s Chautauqua Building is the last remaining of its kind in Iowa. It is an enclosed auditorium built to house programs that included lectures, humor, singing, instrumental concerts and preaching. The building boasts historical pictures of the cities and murals of county communities. The building is today used for events, community gatherings, and family picnics, and is open to the public daily.
301 Main Street | Sac City, IA 50583 | 712-662-8072
Dedicated in the fall of 2013, the Sac County Freedom Rock has a prominent spot along Main Street in Sac City. Designed and painted by artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson, it was the ninth Freedom Rock in his quest to place one in all 99 counties as a way to honor Veterans.
Sac City Museum Village
13th and Main Streets | Sac City, IA 50583 | 712-662-4994 or 712-662-7290
Along with the site of the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, the Sac City Museum Village campus features an old-time general store, church, doctor’s office, post office, and more. The Sac City Museum is housed in an old bank building and includes a number of exhibits relating to the history of Sac County. The museum’s regular hours are weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment.
World's Largest Popcorn Ball
1325 W. Main Street | Sac City, IA 50583
Holding the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball for the past 20 years just wasn’t good enough. When our 5,000 pound record setter was trumped by the Indiana State Fair, discussion began on bringing the title back to Iowa. After all this was our idea – back in 1995 – to create a monster popcorn ball (2,225 pounds) to celebrate the popcorn industry in Sac County.
Discussion was held on how to preserve another monster so time wouldn’t deteriorate it. We approached Lundell Plastics in Odebolt, Iowa to see if they could help us with a mold to shape the ball from the bottom up. After all they had the engineer on staff and we knew their company was where “Innovation Takes Shape.” They sure didn’t let us down.
The bowl shaped mold is amazing. Built of strong plastic and weighing about 2,000 pounds itself, it easily “cradles” the new ball. The size of the bowl is 12′ in diameter so the goal for our new ball became closer to 10,000 pounds of hot, sticky popcorn.
We enlisted the assistance of Evapco in Lake View, Iowa. They built a skid to hold the mold and the popcorn ball. Volunteers from Quality Farm Drainage Solutions and Wirtjers Trucking loaded and hauled all of this to the Noble Popcorn Plant in Sac City on Thursday June 16, 2016 where the staging area for the creation of the ball took place.
The recipe consisted of 2,300 pounds of popcorn, 2,500 pounds of dry syrup mix and 4,900 pounds of sugar with just enough lecithin additive to make it stick. Naturally ingredients were adjusted to create the best consistency for the popcorn ball.
The Sac City Museum created a new structure to house the new popcorn ball. This structure has windows on three sides of the building, making it easy to capture that perfect memory with a photo or selfie.
World’s Largest Popcorn Ball T-shirts are available at various locations throughout the community.
Making of the Popcorn Ball:
It’s was a great day to celebrate Popcorn in Sac County on Saturday June 18, 2016. Workers from Noble Popcorn reported to work by 5 a.m. (some as early as 3:30 a.m.) to fire up the poppers and cookers to make the 60 pound batches! The first batch of hot sticky popcorn was dumped into the mold at 6:48 a.m. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages came out to help create the new popcorn ball, many climbed the six foot ladder next to the mold to get their chance at stomping down the hot kernels. At one point the conveyor broke and volunteers helped dump popcorn by bucket full until the conveyor was fixed. We were lucky to have clouds until mid afternoon because the 40 foot tarp that was to shield volunteers from the sun was ripped down the night before by high winds. June 18, 2016 was chosen the winter before by using the Farmer’s Almanac. We quickly learned you can’t depend on Iowa’s weather when we had a few sprinkles of rain late afternoon. Under the full moon at 11:27 p.m., 16 hours and 39 minutes later, the last load of hot popcorn was dumped into the mold. It was a long but successful day.
The Iowa State Patrol’s Motor Vehicle Department arrived to weigh the new World’s Largest Popcorn Ball at 10:30 a.m. Monday June 20, 2016. At 11:15 a.m. we were given the official weight by Officer Jeffrey Hansen, a total of 9,370 pounds!
Sac City has officially beat the old record and is once again the World Record holder of the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball!
Please like the Facebook pages of World’s Largest Popcorn Ball and Sac County Iowa for more photos.