Clevelanders and Ohioans love their popcorn. Things just seem so much better, especially movies, when you have popcorn to munch on. Annual consumption of popcorn in the United States exceeds one billion pounds per year which comes out to about 71 quarts per person.
Ohio is one of the top four states in the country for popcorn consumption (Others are Indiana, Iowa and Illinois). Clevelanders can pay homage to this popular snack food at the annual Popcorn Festival in Marion, Ohio on Thursday, September 6, Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.
Marion Popcorn Festival Claiming to be the largest popcorn festival in the world and attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year, the Marion Popcorn Festival was also named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association.
The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. on Thursday with a special concert for seniors at the Palace Theatre featuring the Big Band sound of the John Kennedy Orchestra followed by a parade (with the theme of “The Wild, Wild West”) with more than 300 units at 6 p.m.
With one of the largest midways in America, the Festival features lots of popcorn, 300 food vendors, an art show, craft and commercial exhibits, a popcorn cooking contest, a corn toss tournament, amusement rides and various pageants including Queen, Teen, Teeny and Wee Pop pageants.
Other activities include a softball tournament, the Popcorn Bowl – Marion Midget Football, Bike Night, a 5K run and the Popcorn 100 Bicycle Tour.
Free entertainment will be provided each night at 8:30 p.m. on the outdoor main stage. Performers include The Ultimate Journey Xperience (a Journey tribute band), country singer Josh Thompson and nationally known recording group Boys II Men (Saturday).
Hours for the Marion Popcorn Festival are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. all three days of the event. Admission is free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Marion Popcorn Festival call 740-387-3378 or get online at www.popcornfestival.com.
The Festival is located at Center Street in downtown Marion, Ohio. Marion is 117 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2 hour drive.