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The Marion Popcorn Festival will hold Poppin Springfest on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Tri-River’s Career Center. The fundraiser will feature a craft fair, flea market, food trucks and more.
Springfest will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
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 at a cost of $15 which will allow you to have a rehearsal time the afternoon of the preliminary night. You may also choose to register the day of the preliminary at a cost of $20 but you will not get the rehearsal time.
Voting will be done by People’s choice only during the preliminary night and by Judges for first through third place and a People’s Choice winner will be chosen the final night. People’s Choice tickets can be purchased by spectators and placed in a bucket with your contestant number. You are encouraged to invite all of your friends and family to come and support you for both nights. Admission cost for spectators will be $5.00 per person, this will include two tickets for voting, and spectators will also be able to purchase additional tickets for $1.00 per ticket. Children 3 and under will be admitted for free but this does not include tickets for voting.
All contestants will be scheduled to perform on the preliminary evening. The top five from each division will be chosen by People’s Choice votes from the preliminary night will move on to the finals. The second night will be the finals and the winners will be chosen by judges from the community.
The top five winners in each division will receive a plaque signifying that they are the top five performers. The top three in each division will be awarded trophies from first through third place on the final performance night. The first place winner in each division will also be awarded $50 and will be given the opportunity to perform on the showcase stage on Friday or Saturday during the festival.
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 the contestants.
Applications to compete must be postmarked on or before July 17, 2017.
To learn more about the Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Scholarship Pageant, click here.
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 of Greenwood Street. It then makes a zigzag, turning south on State Street and east on Church Street, before finishing up by heading south on South Main Street and breaking up near the Rotary Towers.