About the Festival

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
The Marion Popcorn Festival in downtown Marion, Ohio, is the largest popcorn festival in the world annually attracting crowds in excess of 250,000.
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Entertainment

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
From national acts on the Main Stage to regional and local talent on the Showcase and Poppin' Party Stages, the Festival offers tons of free entertainment.
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Rides & Ticket Info

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
Rides open Thursday at 1pm, 12-noon Friday, and 12-noon Saturday, and run through the close of the festival each night.
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Popcorn Parade

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
The Popcorn Festival Parade is the place to be as thousands gather to watch one of the area's largest parades wind through downtown Marion.
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Recent News

Georgia Satellites, Gin Blossoms, The Prince Experience to headline 2017 Festival

Alternative pop/rock band Gin Blossoms and southern rockers the Georgia Satellites have been named as the headliners for the 37th Marion Popcorn Festival.  Gin Blossoms will take the main stage on Friday, September 8, and Georgia Satellites are set for Saturday, September 9.  Both performances begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free to Festival attendees.

The main stage lineup for Thursday, September 7’s Bike Nite will feature The Prince Experience, a Prince Tribute Band, at 8:30 p.m., with classic rock/blues band Reckless Abandonment opening at 6:00.  Thursday night’s main stage is sponsored by Mennel Popcorn and, again, these shows are free of charge.

Gin Blossoms
Originally scheduled for 2007, Gin Blossoms was the only act in the 37-year history of the Marion Popcorn Festival to get rained out.  They will now also be known as the only band to get a repeat invitation for the main stage of the Marion Popcorn Festival.

Formed in Tempe, Arizona in the late 1980’s, Gin Blossom’s qualified to perform at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas in 1989.  That same year college music journal dubbed them “The best Unsigned Band In America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City.  Their Breakout record New Miserable Experience was where their rise to fame began.  This album kept the band on the chart for almost three years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.”  The crossover hits on New Miserable Experience played on four radio formats and to date has sold over five million records.

Those hits were followed up by “Til I Hear It From You” which rocketed to #1 and moved the Empire Records smash soundtrack to platinum status.  Their next release “Follow You Down” spent 10 weeks in the top 10, and “As Long As It Matters” earned the band a Grammy nomination for “Best Performance by a Duo or Group”.

Gin Blossoms disbanded in 1997, but came together for a New Year’s Eve 2001 performance in their hometown of Tempe.  The band reconvened and has been touring ever since, playing close to 150 shows a year.

Gin Blossoms’ long awaited fourth album, Major Lodge Victory, was released in 2006 and was their first new recording in almost a decade.  It received rave reviews and landed on Billboard’s top 10 independent albums due to the success of the lead single, “Learning The Hard Way,” and the album’s second single, “Long Time Gone.”

No Chocolate Cake was the Gin Blossoms 2010 release – which reached number one on Amazon’s sales chart – and its featured single “Miss Disarray” is now one of the most requested songs in the bands live set.

Georgia Satellites
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, The Georgia Satellites are best known for their 1986 debut hit, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”   The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 that year, topped only by Bon Jovi’s “Living’ on a Prayer”.  MTV ran the video in heavy rotation and the music video earned a Best Art Director award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Other hit songs included “Battleship Chains, “Can’t Stand the Pain,” “Railroad Steel,” “Open All Night,” and “Hippy Hippy Shake” which was recorded for the movie Cocktail.

This band, too, took a sabbatical in the early ‘90s, but came together back together to continue touring.  Having drawn inspiration from Elvis, AC/DC, and The Rolling Stones, the Georgia Satellites bill their shows as “sweet, gritty, three-chord rock ‘n roll.”

The Prince Experience – Prince Tribute Band
Gabriel Sanchez has been portraying Prince since 2002.  He began in a small, local theatre production of Purple Rain and, following the success of that effort, expanded the performance into a full-fledged tribute to Prince.  Sanchez and his band perform all of Prince’s hits, with songs like “Little Red Corvette,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” and, of course, the iconic song from which this tribute band took their name, “Purple Rain”.

The 2017 dates of the Marion Popcorn Festival are September 7, 8 and 9.  All performances on the Festival’s main stage begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free of charge.  A limited number of Kernel sponsorship seats are available for any of the main stage performances by calling 740-387-FEST.  Other events include the Popcorn Parade with over 300 units, a popcorn cooking contest, a fine art show, crafts, Popcorn 5000 5K run/walk, Popcorn 100 bike tour, a Community Showcase stage, Marion’s Hometown Talent stage, Poppin’ Party stage, and much more.

For more information, browse our web site or call 740-387-FEST.   The Marion Popcorn Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Marion.

Get Your Team Together for 2017 Poppin Pinz Bowling Tourney

The annual Poppin Pinz bowling tournament, sponsored by bluefusion is set for Friday, April 28, 2017.

The non-sanctioned event is for teams of 4 players with an entry fee of $80 per team. Only the first 16 teams will be accepted. [Read More…]

Vendors Spaces Available for 2017 Springfest

Vendors, its that time again. Registration is still open for the 2017 Springfest on Saturday, April 8, 9:00am – 2:00pm at Tri-Rivers Career Center.

If you are interested in being a vendor, registration forms are available to download by clicking here. All entries must be received by March 31, 2017. [Read More…]

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Festival Events

Jul
15
Sat
5:00 pm Lip Sync Competition – Fake It t...
Lip Sync Competition – Fake It t...
Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lip Sync Competition - Fake It to Make It @ Bluefusion Fun Center | Marion | Ohio | United States
The Second Annual Community Showcase Stage Lip Sync Competition will be held at Bluefusion Fun Center during the month of July 2017. There will be two ways to register for this event, you can pre-register[...]
Jul
22
Sat
1:30 pm Poppin’ Pooch Pageant
Poppin’ Pooch Pageant
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Poppin’ Pooch Pageant @ American Red Cross | Marion | Ohio | United States
The 2017 Marion Popcorn Festival Poppin’ Pooch Pageant will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 during the annual Saturday in the Park event at Lincoln Park in Marion.  Registration will be 12:30 p.m., with[...]
5:00 pm Lip Sync Competition – Fake It t...
Lip Sync Competition – Fake It t...
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lip Sync Competition - Fake It to Make It @ Bluefusion Fun Center | Marion | Ohio | United States
The Second Annual Community Showcase Stage Lip Sync Competition will be held at Bluefusion Fun Center during the month of July 2017. There will be two ways to register for this event, you can pre-register[...]
Jul
29
Sat
8:00 am Miss Teeny Pop
Miss Teeny Pop
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Miss Teeny Pop Pageant will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at River Valley High School. Registration is 8:00am to 9:00am and the Pageant begins at 9:30am. Click here to learn more!
2:00 pm Mr. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Mr. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Mr. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant will be held at River Valley High School on July 29, 2017. Registration is 2:00-2:45pm and the pageant begins at 3:00pm. Click here to learn more!
7:00 pm Miss Teen Popcorn Festival
Miss Teen Popcorn Festival
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Miss Teen Popcorn Pageant will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at River Valley High School. Click here to learn more!
Aug
5
Sat
9:30 am Little Wee Pop Pageant
Little Wee Pop Pageant
Aug 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
The 2017 Little Wee Pop Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at River Valley High School, 4280 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, starting at 9:30am. Click here to learn more!
12:00 pm Wee Pop Pageant
Wee Pop Pageant
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Wee Pop Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at River Valley High School, 4280 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, starting at 11:30am. Click here to learn more!
7:00 pm Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Sch...
Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Sch...
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at River Valley High School.  There will  be over $600 in scholarship & prize money awarded to[...]
7:00 pm Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant will be held at River Valley High School on August 5, 2017. Click here for more details!
Sep
7
Thu
6:00 pm Popcorn Festival Parade
Popcorn Festival Parade
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Marion Popcorn Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade takes place each year on Thursday evening of the festival starting at 6:00 p.m. The parade starts by heading west on East Center Street starting at the corner[...]

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