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

Registration for 2018 Popcorn Parade is Open

Get your registration in for the 2018 Marion Popcorn Festival Parade which steps off at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 6, 2018. This year’s theme is “The Big Pop rewinds back to the 80’s!”

The deadline for entries is August 18, 2018. In order to have the lineup completed and your position in the parade mailed in time, entries will not be accepted after the deadline of August 18, 2018.

Lonestar, Pop Evil, Stranger to Headline 2018 Festival

American rock band Pop Evil and country music group Lonestar have been named as the headliners for the 38th Marion Popcorn Festival.  Lonestar will take the main stage on Friday, September 7, and the group Pop Evil is set for Saturday, September 8.  Both performances begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free to Festival attendees. [Read More…]

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Festival Events

Aug
11
Sat
8:00 am Miss Teeny Pop
Miss Teeny Pop
Aug 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Miss Teeny Pop Pageant will be held on August 11, 2018 at River Valley High School. Registration is 8:00am to 8:45am and the Pageant begins at 9:00am. Click here to learn more!
7:00 pm Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Sch...
Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Sch...
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at River Valley High School. Applications to compete must be postmarked on or before July 23, 2018.[...]
7:00 pm Miss Teen Popcorn Festival
Miss Teen Popcorn Festival
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Miss Teen Popcorn Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at River Valley High School. Click here to learn more!
7:00 pm Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant will be held at River Valley High School on August 11, 2018. Click here for more details!
Aug
12
Sun
11:00 am Little Wee Pop Pageant
Little Wee Pop Pageant
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The 2018 Little Wee Pop Pageant will be held on August 12, 2018 at River Valley High School, 4280 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, starting at 11:00am. Click here to learn more!
11:00 am Wee Pop Pageant
Wee Pop Pageant
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Wee Pop Pageant will be held on August 12, 2018 at River Valley High School, 4280 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, starting at 11:00am. Click here to learn more!
1:00 pm Mr. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Mr. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Mr. Marion Popcorn Festival Pageant will be held at River Valley High School on August 12, 2018. Registration is 1:00-1:45pm and the pageant begins at 2:00pm. Click here to learn more!
Sep
6
Thu
all-day Fine Arts Competition, Show, and...
Fine Arts Competition, Show, and...
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day
The Marion Popcorn Festival Fine Arts Competition, Show, and Sale is held all three days of the festival at Marion City Hall on West Center Street. Artwork will be displayed in a gallery-type atmosphere and[...]
6:00 pm Popcorn Festival Parade
Popcorn Festival Parade
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Marion Popcorn Festival 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 of Greenwood[...]
8:30 pm The Ultimate 80’s Tribute “Stran...
The Ultimate 80’s Tribute “Stran...
Sep 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
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Sep
7
Fri
8:30 pm Lonestar
Lonestar
Sep 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
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Sep
8
Sat
8:30 pm Pop Evil
Pop Evil
Sep 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
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