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

Join in the Poppin Scavenger Quest

Do you enjoy deciphering clues and a little friendly competition?  Do you have one to three friends willing to join you in your quest?  If so, we have just the event for you!

The 2016 Marion Popcorn Festival Poppin’ Scavenger Quest will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016.  The Quest begins on the steps of the Harding Memorial; your final destination will be the American Red Cross. [Read More…]

Kellie Pickler, Skid Row to Headline 2016 Festival Main Stage

Country star Kellie Pickler and heavy metal/rock band Skid Row have been named as the headliners for the 36th Marion Popcorn Festival. Pickler will take the main stage on Friday, September 9, 2016 and Skid Row is set for Saturday, September 10, 2016.  Both performances begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free to Festival attendees.

The main stage lineup for Thursday, September 8’s Bike Nite will feature Rock Brigade – a Def Leppard Tribute Band at 8:30 p.m., with classic rock band Sneaky Pete and The Players opening at 6:00.

All performances are free of charge. [Read More…]

Fake It to Make It at the Popcorn Festival Lip Sync Battle

The first ever Community Showcase Stage Lip Sync Battle will be held at Bluefusion Entertainment Center during the month of July 2016. [Read More…]

Bring Your Furry Friend to Poppin’ Pooch Pageant

The 2016 Marion Popcorn Festival Poppin’ Pooch Pageant will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Marion Red Cross, 1849 Summerset Drive, Marion.  Registration will be from 1:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., with the pageant beginning at 2:00 p.m. [Read More…]

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Festival Events

Jun
25
Sat
6:00 pm Poppin Scavenger Quest
Poppin Scavenger Quest
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Poppin Scavenger Quest
Poppin Scavenger Quest is a combination of a scavenger hunt and amazing race featuring teams of 2-4 people. It takes place Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Teams will solve riddles and clues[...]
Aug
6
Sat
9:30 am Little Wee Pop Pageant
Little Wee Pop Pageant
Aug 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
The 2016 Little Wee Pop Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 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 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The 2015 Wee Pop Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 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 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 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 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant will be held at River Valley High School on August 6, 2016. Click here for more details!
Aug
13
Sat
8:00 am Miss Teeny Pop
Miss Teeny Pop
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Miss Teeny Pop Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at River Valley High School. Registration is 8:00am to 9:00am and the Pageant begins at 9:30am. Click here to learn more!
7:00 pm Miss Teen Popcorn Festival
Miss Teen Popcorn Festival
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Miss Teen Popcorn Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Valley High School. There will  be over $1000 in scholarship & prize money awarded to the contestants.[...]
Sep
8
Thu
1:00 pm Slaw Dog
Slaw Dog
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
6:00 pm Popcorn Festival Parade
Popcorn Festival Parade
Sep 8 @ 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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