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.
Please join us for Poppin’ Pinz Christmas Edition on Saturday, December 10, 2016 starting at 7:00 p.m.
This is a team event with 4 players per team. Entry fee of $80 per team will include 3 games of bowling as well as games, prizes and awards. [Read more…]
Skid Row performed at the 2016 festival and following their performance issued this photo and shout out to the festival and the crowd that braved the weather to rock out in downtown Marion.
“The Marion Popcorn Festival last night was surreal! All streets where closed off and the whole town and surrounding areas turned up. Was a stormy no-go a hour before stage time but then it cleared up and you guys just blew us away! Thank you all for a very memorable evening!”
Friday’s Meet & Greet Raffle winner was Carol Smith, who, in addition to meeting and having her picture taken with Kellie Pickler, received two Kernel Seats up front, an autographed studio photo, meal and drink vouchers.
Saturday’s Meet & Greet Raffle winner was Shirley Harris, who, in addition to meeting and having her picture taken with Skid Row, received two Kernel Seats up front, an autographed studio photo, meal and drink vouchers.
Josette Schaber’s Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes took the top spot in the Marion Popcorn Festival’s 2016 Recipe Contest. She received cash and prizes worth $200.
Taking 2nd place was Paytn Smith with her Popcorn Infused Cheesecake with a Salted Caramel Popcorn Topping. The youngest to have ever entered the contest, Smith’s goal is to be a chef one day. She garnered $100 in cash and prizes.
Third place honors went to Carol Ault for her snack-inspired Under the Big Pop entry. She took home approximately $50 in cash in prizes. [Read more…]
The following floats earned awards for the 2016 Marion Popcorn Festival Parade.
Best Handcrafted Craftsmanship – Silverline
Best Professional Craftsmanship – Marion Correctional Institution
Best Theme Oriented Creative Decoration – Marion Correctional Institution
Best Theme Oriented Use of Popcorn – Whirlpool
Best of Parade Crowd Pleaser – Whirlpool
When the 2016 Marion Popcorn Festival Parade steps off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 35-year Festival volunteer Garrison “Muggs” McGinnis will be at the forefront as the 2016 Grand Marshal. Long time parade chairman, Mary Lore Dutton, will be honored in memoriam as the Honorary Grand Marshal.
McGinnis was originally recruited in 1982 to run the Information Booth, which in those days, said McGinnis, was an eight-foot table, two chairs and two phones. “It sounded like it would be a fun thing to do,” said McGinnis, “and I stayed with it because it was fun working with all of the festival people.” [Read more…]
The 2016 Marion Popcorn Festival Wine Garden will host three OSU football players from past national championship teams. The players will be in the wine garden on Saturday, September 10, from 2p – 4p.
This will be a FREE Meet & Greet, which will include autographs and pictures with the players. Bring your camera and an OSU item to be signed. [Read more…]
When the 2016 Marion Popcorn Festival Parade steps off, new this year, the crowd/spectators will be judging for the “Best Overall Float” winner. Please Like our Facebook page. On the day of the parade there will be pictures on our Facebook page of all of the floats to be judged.
Go on Facebook and LIKE the float you would like to win.
The Marion Popcorn Festival’s Recipe Contest will pop to the forefront once again in 2016. Judging will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Marion Popcorn Festival.
This is a traditional cooking contest where the finished product must be edible and must contain popcorn. The recipes do not need to be original, but the original source must be listed. Judging will be based on the use of popcorn, flavor, creativity, and appropriateness to the food. [Read more…]