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Iowa has tallest corn in the world

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) - Washington, Iowa still proudly holds the title of "Tall Corn Capital of the World", erecting a 31 foot 7/8 inch metal sculpture replica of the world's tallest cornstalk. It will be displayed at the fair grounds in Washington, Iowa.

Don Radda, the World's Tall Corn King and Iowa's first Master Corn Grower lived in Washington, Iowa. The world's tallest corn stalk was grown in 1946 at 31 feet, 7/8 inch, still holding the record today.

Don Radda's daughter, Julie Zieser lives and farms on the family farm north of Washington, Iowa. She has had a dream of replicating the corn stalk. Julie's siblings are Barb Kiene of Riverside, Carol Carlson of Coralville, and Vernon Radda of Washington. With the help of the Washington Iowa Chamber of Commerce's Tourism Committee and the Washington County Fair Board, the dream and all the years of planning is now a reality!

To preserve the history of Radda's tall corn, a welding shop in Washington made a metal version sculpture. It will be placed on the Washington County Fairgrounds this week just before the Washington County Fair which is July 19-24, 2009.

The corn stalk replica is a work of art to commemorate and honor the memory of Don Radda. T-shirts are also being produced to celebrate the event and resurrect the story.

Don Radda's cornstalk was in Ripley's Believe It or Not, Guinness Book of World Records, Britannica Encyclopedia, newspapers and magazines all over the United States, including "LIFE",  which sold for 10 cents a copy. On the front cover of the magazine is a picture of Benito Mussolini. His corn stalks traveled for many years to the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten football games. The governors from the many Midwestern states were very competitive and got into many heated arguments about which state would win the title year after year.

A special dedication will be held Thursday, July 16, 2007 at 10:30am at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The public is invited for the unveiling ceremony.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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