Brandon is located in Buchanan County in Northeast Iowa, just a short drive off Interstate 380 and a quick jaunt off the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Our small but mighty town, population of 341 (2020 census), sits roughly 20 mins south of Independence, 25 minutes southeast of Waterloo, and 30 minutes northwest of Cedar Rapids.
We are the home of Iowa's Largest Fryin' Pan, built in 2004 by locals for our annual Cowboy Breakfast at our Community Center.
"A little town we're proud to call home!"
Mayor Guy Stacey
City Clerk/Treasurer Kandi Tesar
Public Works Joe Enos
City Council Members Michael Brown Patrick Lehman Jill Routier Brian Thomas Kelly Thomas
The Brandon Area Community Club is a non-profit community-based organization that opened in 2007. They sponsor the majority of our community events but their building is also available to rent for wedding receptions, graduations, reunions, showers, meetings, events, auctions, etc.
The Fryin' Pan was built in 2004 by several local men to promote Brandn’s Cowboy Breakfast. It took over forty volunteer hours to construct the pan out of donated scrap steel from local farmers. It is modeled (to scale) after a 10-inch cast iron frying pan and measures in with an 8’ base and a max width of 9’ 3” at the rim. Including the 5’ handle the pan is a total length of 14’ 3” and weighs 1,020 pounds!
The frying pan is calculated to hold 88 times as much as a 10-inch frying pan.
528 eggs (44 dozen)
352 half-pound pork chops (176 pounds)
88 pounds of bacon
440 half-pound hamburgers (220 pounds)
The now annual Cowboy Breakfast is held on the third Saturday in September from 8 am-1 pm. The first breakfast was held in 2000 and was initially held semi-annually until 2010. They serve an average of 1000 people each year. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, pancakes, fried potatoes, sausage gravy, and baking powder biscuits cooked outside over open fires in cast iron frying pans and Dutch ovens. The profits from the Cowboy Breakfast are used for construction, maintenance, and updates for the Brandon Area Community Center.