After careful thought and deliberation, The Board of Trustees of the Marion Popcorn Festival announces the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival, originally scheduled for September 10, 11, and 12 in Downtown Marion, Ohio.
For 39 consecutive years, Downtown Marion has welcomed the Marion Popcorn Festival the weekend after Labor Day. We have seen hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Marion, Ohio for the world’s largest Popcorn Festival and enjoy all of their favorite food, crafts, rides and FREE National Headline Entertainment.
In planning a completely safe event for visitors and volunteers while complying with all the restrictions of crowd size and social distancing, safety with food and beverage, the possibility of not having rides, and national entertainers rethinking their tours, we have determined that the challenges of holding the 2020 festival with this high degree of uncertainty is just beyond our abilities this year.
Realize that this has been the most trying issue we have had as leaders of this festival. Thank you to our volunteers who work tirelessly year after year to bring a safe, enjoyable festival to all of us. We also thank our city and county government officials and our many food vendors and corporate sponsors for their support over the years.
We will be back next year to present an epic celebration for our entire community. The 40th Marion Popcorn Festival is now scheduled for the first weekend after Labor Day in 2021.
Mark your calendars, as we will see all of you September 9th through 11th, 2021 on the streets of Downtown Marion.
Thanks to everyone involved for making the 2019 Marion Popcorn Festival such a great event. With perfect weather, solid entertainment, and thousands of attendees, it was a lot of fun for people of all ages. We’re already working on the next edition (our 40th!) and can’t wait to see you back in Downtown Marion September 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2020.
We’re really excited about this year’s parade! With the largest number of floats we’ve had in several years and other fun additions and changes, it’s set to be an entertaining event for all ages.
We wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the updated parade route for this year cause nobody should miss the fun. The parade starts by heading west on East Center Street starting at Forest Lawn Boulevard. It then makes a left, turning south on State Street and another left going east on Church Street (in front of the Wyandot Popcorn Museum), before finishing up and disbanding at the fork of Church Street, Mount Vernon Avenue, and S Vine Street.