The fryin' pan was built in 2004 by several local men to promote Brandon's Semi-Annual Cowboy breakfast. It took 41 hours of volunteer labor hours to construct, and was modeled after a 10 inch cast iron frying pan. Iowa's Largest Fryin' Pan has an 8 foot base and is 9 ft. 3 inches at the rim. It has a five foot handle for a total length of 14 foot 3 inches. The Fryin Pan weighs 1,020 pounds.
For comparison, a 10 inch fryin pan holds 6 eggs, and Iowa's Largest Fryin Pan would hold 528 eggs, or 44 dozen. A 10 inch fryin pan holds 4 pork chops, and this one holds 352 (1/2 pound) pork chops or 176 pounds of pork chops. A ten inch skillet holds 1 pound of bacon, and Iowa's Largest Fryin Pan holds 88 pounds of bacon.
In May 2005, the Brandon Area Community Club and over 100 volunteers served over 1,700 people a menu of eggs, ham, fried potatoes, sausage gravy, baking powder biscuits, orange juice and cowboy coffee. Our average attendance at the Cowboy Breakfast is 900. The next breakfast is Sept 17,2023, serving 8 am to 1 pm. We have raised over $375,000 from our Breakfasts and through private donations toward our new Community Center.