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

2016 Miss Teen Popcorn is Alexis Klaiber

(l – r)  3rd Runner-Up Sydney Randall, 1st Runner-Up Hayley Stiverson, Miss Teen Popcorn 2016 Alexis Klaiber, 2nd Runner-Up Alexis Ritter, and 4th Runner-Up Sarah Perkins.

(l – r) 3rd Runner-Up Sydney Randall, 1st Runner-Up Hayley Stiverson, Miss Teen Popcorn 2016 Alexis Klaiber, 2nd Runner-Up Alexis Ritter, and 4th Runner-Up Sarah Perkins.

Alexis Klaiber captured the 2016 Miss Teen Popcorn title Saturday evening in festivities at River Valley High School.

“I thought I was going to cry,” said the newly crowned Klaiber.  “Then I thought ‘I can’t believe I threw all this together in two weeks and I won!’”  Klaiber continued, “I’m so looking forward to the parade, being on the main stage … wow, I can’t quite think right now.”

In her new capacity, Klaiber will be featured at all Festival activities, including the Festival’s Popcorn Parade and on the main stage.  She will also make numerous appearances throughout Ohio during the coming year. [Read More…]

Robb Koons Crowned First Mr. Popcorn

(l – r) Kernel Runner-Up Kareem Crabtree, Mr. Popcorn Kernel Oliver Schwartz, Mr. Popcorn 2016 Robb Koons, and Mr. Popcorn Junior Alex Thompson.

(l – r) Kernel Runner-Up Kareem Crabtree, Mr. Popcorn Kernel Oliver Schwartz, Mr. Popcorn 2016 Robb Koons, and Mr. Popcorn Junior Alex Thompson.

“Ecstatic,” said Robb Koons describing how he felt hearing his name called as the first ever Mr. Popcorn 2016 in competition Saturday afternoon at River Valley High School.  “Just being the first … I’m honored … very honored,” Koons continued.  “I was nervous at the start, but I am very excited to be able to represent Marion and the Marion Popcorn Festival as the first Mr. Popcorn.”

Koons also won the overall Formalwear Award.  From Marion, Koons is married and works at Fifth-Third Bank.

As Mr. Popcorn, Koons will be featured at all Festival activities, including the Festival’s Popcorn Parade and on the main stage.  He will also make numerous appearances throughout Ohio during the coming year. [Read More…]

Miss Teeny Pop 2016 is Abigail Bennett

(l – r) 3rd Runner-Up Ava Roseberry, 1st Runner-Up Paytn Smith, Miss Teeny Pop 2016 Abigail Bennett, , 2nd Runner-Up Melanie Lee, and 4th Runner-Up Braelyn Miller.

(l – r) 3rd Runner-Up Ava Roseberry, 1st Runner-Up Paytn Smith, Miss Teeny Pop 2016 Abigail Bennett, , 2nd Runner-Up Melanie Lee, and 4th Runner-Up Braelyn Miller.

Abigail Bennett was chosen Miss Teeny Pop 2016 Saturday during competition at River Valley High School.  Bennett also took Overall honors in Formalwear and Commercial, as well as her age division in Talent.  The 12-year-old daughter of Don and Tracy Bennett of Caledonia is in the 7th grade at River Valley Middle School.

As Miss Teeny Pop, Bennett will be featured at all Festival activities, including the Festival’s Popcorn Parade and on the main stage.  She will also make numerous appearances throughout Ohio during the coming year. [Read More…]

Bradshaw named 2016 Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival

2016 Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival & Court (left to right): 3rd Runner-Up Jennifer DeGood, 1st Runner-Up Michelle Maynard, Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival 2016 Kim Bradshaw, 2nd Runner-Up Stacie Hines.

2016 Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival & Court (left to right): 3rd Runner-Up Jennifer DeGood, 1st Runner-Up Michelle Maynard, Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival 2016 Kim Bradshaw, 2nd Runner-Up Stacie Hines.

Kim Bradshaw of Marion was named Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival 2016 during popcorn royalty festivities Saturday evening, August 6, at River Valley High School.  She won a cash award, a crown, banner and prize package.

“I was pretty surprised I won,” said Bradshaw … still a little speechless after the crowning.  “It’s such a good feeling because I worked hard on this, really worked hard throughout the entire year.  I will be so happy to represent Marion and locally and throughout the state.

“And I am really looking forward to all the Festival events, especially Kellie Pickler – I already have my red heels,” Bradshaw said referencing a hit song by Pickler entitled “Red High Heels”. [Read More…]

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Festival Events

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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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