Get your winning design on the 2015 Festival T-shirt!!!
Ever wonder how the Marion Popcorn Festival gets those great designs every year for our official shirts? We get them from people just like you. [Read more…]
Get your winning design on the 2015 Festival T-shirt!!!
Ever wonder how the Marion Popcorn Festival gets those great designs every year for our official shirts? We get them from people just like you. [Read more…]
The Marion Popcorn Festival is the largest popcorn festival in the world, annually attracting crowds in excess of 250,000 over the three-day event held each weekend after Labor Day in Downtown Marion Ohio since 1981. [Read more…]
When the 2014 Marion Popcorn Festival Orville Redenbacher Parade steps off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, a well-known radio personality will be at its helm. Hall-of-fame broadcaster Charlie Evers has been tapped as the 2014 Grand Marshal.
“Fair and warmer” is the way Evers has responded to the question “How are you?” for most of his life. Originally from Bucyrus, Evers began his radio career at Marion’s WMRN in 1949 when they hired him to watch their tent at the Crawford County Fair. He held a variety of jobs throughout his years at WMRN, including clean up, set up and tear down at area fairs and remotes, night watchman, even mowing the station’s lawn.
Evers’ dedication in aiding the station’s engineers eventually earned him that position, and then in 1968 he became an on-air personality. Thus began a career that drew listeners to love him and a host of activities to benefit the Marion area.
Challenged by a listener to push a peanut across the street with his nose in the early 70s, Evers began the WMRN Peanut Push – a legacy that still takes place on the first Saturday of December to raise money for the Junior Service Guild’s Christmas Clearing House.
Although Evers never lived on a farm, he became the station’s Farm Director in 1971 and eventually earned a state farmer’s degree. This drew him to chair a fundraising effort in 1978 that garnered $80,000 to rebuild a livestock arena destroyed by fire on the Marion County Fairgrounds … an arena that still today continues to bear his name.
For years, Evers would daily check the groundhogs in the woods next to the station to see if they were indeed out for Groundhog’s Day. Gaining listener interest, a contest was held to name Marion’s groundhog and the winning name was Buckeye Chuck … “Buckeye” for Ohio and “Chuck” as a play on woodchuck (another name for a groundhog) and “Chuck” Evers. This further led to a campaign aided by former state representative Walter “Doc” McClaskey to have Buckeye Chuck named the state groundhog in 1979.
In 1980, Evers also fronted a successful effort to track down Marion County’s missing Lady Justice and return it to its rightful place atop of the Court House dome.
Evers left WMRN in 1980 and went to WDIF where he led tours all over the country through a travel agency the station worked with. Later, he also did a morning show on WDCM, and now has a weekly call-in show on WWGH. “It’s an open call-in format,” said Evers. “Just call 740-383-9944 … I still love to talk to people.”
When asked about being named the grand marshal, Evers said, “I was surprised, excited … I just couldn’t believe it. I have a great affinity for the Popcorn Festival because of the Popcorn 100 bike tour. That’s where I got my biking start that eventually led to Bike Across Ohio.” Bike Across Ohio was another Evers endeavor which raised charitable funds for cancer.
Evers, who will be 80 later this month, says he’s led a full and interesting life. “I’m slowing down a little now,” said Evers, “but I keep busy doing the Colonial Reenactments making split-wooden shingles on a device that is over 200 years old.”
Evers has three daughters, Cathy, Angie and Amy, and eight grandchildren. He and his wife, Jeanne, live in eastern Marion County.
“We are truly honored,” said Mary Dutton, Marion Popcorn Festival Parade Chairman, “to have this man who has dedicated so many years to our community as our grand marshal. I hope the thousands lining the parade understand just how much this man has given of himself to Marion.”
Hanah Reiff captured the 2014 Miss Teen Popcorn title Saturday evening in festivities at River Valley High School.
“I can’t believe it,” said the newly crowned Reiff. “All the girls were so amazing and talented that I’m absolutely stunned to have won.” Reflecting on her year as Miss Teeny Pop 2011, she said, “I know what an honor it is to represent Marion and the Festival, and I’m thrilled I get the chance to that again.”
In her new capacity, Reiff will be featured at all Festival activities, including the Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade and performing from the main stage. She will also make numerous appearances throughout Ohio during the coming year.
For winning, Reiff received a $200 scholarship award sponsored by Anthony Farms, a crown sponsored by Joanne Cook, and an extensive prize package. She also captured the $50 Anything Popcorn award, sponsored by Carol & Gene Ault, with a “heartfelt” song to Poppy the Popcorn Boy. The 15-year-old River Valley High School student is the daughter of Toby and Angie Reiff of Marion. Her talent was a vocal selection.
Nabbing First Runner Up and a $100 scholarship was Karington Reed. She also won the $50 Evening Wear award and a $50 Commitment to Excellence award sponsored by Julie Kessler and Dr. Heather Columber Scowden & Dr. David Scowden respectively. The Grant Middle School student performed a vocal selection for her talent. She is the 13-year-old daughter of Vince and Kristin Reed of Marion.
Sydney Randall took Second Runner-up honors and a $100 scholarship. The 15-year-old Pleasant High School student’s vocal offer won her the $50 overall Talent award sponsored by Joanne Cook; as well as a $50 Community Service award sponsored by Dr. Heather Columber Scowden & Dr. David Scowden and Nancy & Steve Prater. Randall is the daughter of Brooks and Melissa Randall of Marion.
Third Runner Up and winner of a $100 scholarship is Alexis Ritter. The daughter of James and Lorri Ritter of Caledonia, Ritter clogged for her talent. The 14-year-old attends River Valley High School.
Named Fourth Runner Up and the winner of a $100 scholarship is Elizabeth Corwin, a 17-year-old student at Northmor High School. She also earned a $50 Community Service Award sponsored by Dr. Heather Columber Scowden & Dr. David Scowden and Nancy & Steve Prater. The daughter of Robert and Jennyfer Corwin of Galion gave a vocal presentation as her talent.
All four runner ups received generous prize packages in addition to their $100 cash awards which were sponsored by Tim Mooney’s The Muffler Center, Circle T Logistics, and Professional Park and Community View Apartments.
Other award winners were:
Also competing were:
All participants received participation gifts sponsored by Primrose Retirement Communities; bluefusion entertainment; The Warehouse; Dr. Heather Coumber; Realty Ohio, Julie Kessler; Custom Creation; Blue Streak Wash-N-Fill; Ryans; Marion Area Counseling Center, Circle T Logistics; Shear Perfection Styling Salon; Ashley Furniture; Nicholls Furniture; LA Tan; Peacock Water; The Dance Factory; Studio X; Joanne’s School of Dance; Douce Dance Studios, Suzanne Harris; Marion’s Hometown Talent; Mathews Dodge Chrysler Jeep; Days Gone By Photography; Thirty-one by Julie Muether; and Carroll’s Jewelers
Participants must be aged 13 through a senior in high school and live or go to school in Marion, Crawford, Delaware, Harding, Morrow, Union, or Wyandot County. Each contestant competed in evening wear, an on-stage question, talent, and the anything popcorn category.
Kay Gwinner, director of the Miss Teen Popcorn program, said, “We’ve always been pleased with the wonderful teens we are privileged to work with, and they would all have represented the Festival well. We know these young women come away winners just by having the courage to get up on that stage and participate.”
Olivia Fogle was chosen Miss Teeny Pop 2014 Saturday during competition at River Valley High School. The 12-year also won overall commercial and tied for overall talent; and garnered an additional award for generating the most program ads. The River Valley Middle School student said, “I’m excited … breathless … just no words to describe this awesome feeling.” She is the daughter of Lara and Mike Fogle of Marion.
As Miss Teeny Pop, Fogle will be featured at all Festival activities, including the Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade and performing from the main stage. She will also make numerous appearances throughout Ohio during the coming year.
First Runner Up went to 8-year-old Marin Curry. The Johnny Cake Corners Elementary student also took overall formalwear and her age division in talent. She is the 8-year-old daughter of Marianne and Craig Curry of Galena.
Ten-year-old Juliette Laracuente seized the Second Runner-Up position. The home schooled daughter of Marci and Clay Huebner of Marion, she also tied for overall talent and captured her age division in formalwear.
Snaring Third Runner Up was Jaden Smith. The 12-year-old daughter of Tiffany and Jonathan Lechleitner of Marion attends Grant Middle School. She won her age division in formalwear, commercial and photogenic.
Melanie Lee nabbed the Fourth Runner-Up position, as well as her age division in commercial. The 9-year-old student at Pleasant Elementary is the daughter of Angela and Randall Leib of Marion.
Taking Fifth Runner Up was 10-year-old Sophia Thompson. The daughter of Michelle Thompson and Doug Thompson of Mt. Gilead, she attends Mt. Gilead Middle School. Thompson also captured overall photogenic and her age division in commercial.
Because there was a virtual tie for fifth runner up, a Sixth Runner-up position was created and that went to Annika Musser. Capturing her age division in formalwear, the 11-year-old attends Pleasant Middle School. She is the daughter of Stephanie Musser and Robert Musser of Marion.
Miss Teeny Pop program chair Morgan Schwartz said, “You can see by all of the ties what a tight competition this was. All of the contestants did an absolutely wonderful job.”
Contestants competed in three categories, Formalwear, Talent and Commercial where contestants perform an “advertisement” regarding the Marion Popcorn Festival. Division winners were:
Receiving Rising Star honorable mention awards were: Gracee Carmichael, Hope Hall, Abigail Bennett, Faith Burns, Faith Langdon, Autumn Stoneburner, Hailey Croyle, Halle Shaffer, and Odessa Ford.
A specialty award was given for program sales, and that went to Olivia Fogle.
Sophia Thompson was the winner of the Photogenic Award. This is a separate competition and entering is optional, and the outcome has no bearing on the Miss Teeny Pop results. Age division winners were:
Event sponsors were bluefusion entertainment, Carroll’s Jewelers, Appleby’s, Perkins, and an anonymous donor.
Kari Boles captured the title of Miss Marion Popcorn Festival 2014 Saturday evening, August 2, during competition at River Valley High School.
By winning the Miss Marion Popcorn Festival title, Boles earned a $1,000 scholarship, as well as the Festival crown, banner, and a prize package.
“I’m so excited … and honored,” said a broadly smiling Boles, “… I worked so hard for this. This is my third time, so I know what an honor it is and what it means to represent Marion throughout the state … plus, it’s so much fun!” Boles had previously earned the titles of Miss Teeny Pop 2005 and Miss Teen Popcorn 2007.
Capturing the Talent Award of $100 with a tap routine to “Smile”, Boles also brought home the Popcorn Wear award of $50, the Interview Award of $100, and the People’s Choice Award of $136.
The daughter of Bryan and Shannon Boles of Marion, Boles is a graduate of Elgin High School and is a Business Management major at Marion Technical College.
As Miss Marion Popcorn Festival 2014, Boles will reign over all Festival activities; including being highlighted in the Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade and performing from the main stage. She will also make numerous appearances throughout Ohio during the coming year.
First runner-up honors and a $400 scholarship went to Aaron Workman, who garnered the Evening Gown, Photogenic, and Academic/Community Service Awards. A River Valley graduate attending Miami of Ohio and majoring in Middle Childhood Education, Workman is the daughter of Rob and Pam Workman of Marion. She performed a dance routine to “All That Jazz”.
Moira Vaughn took home a $300 scholarship and second runner up honors performing a vocal rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade”. The daughter of Joanna Anderson of Cardington, Vaughn is a graduate of River Valley High School and currently attends Middle Tennessee Sate University majoring in New Media Communication.
Third runner-up and receiving a $200 scholarship was Hunter Boyce who presented her vocal interpretation of “Part of Your World”. Upon graduation from Delaware Hayes, Boyce will be entering the military. She is the daughter of Ron and Sarah Tucker of Delaware.
Courtney Hamilton, receiving a $100 scholarship as fourth runner-up, sang “Last Love Song” as her talent. Daughter of Nicole and Justin Hamilton of Delaware, the R.B. Hayes High School graduate is currently studying Disability Education at The Ohio State University.
Also participating were:
The scholarships and awards for the contestants were sponsored by The Ohio State University-Marion, Marion Community Credit Union, The Richwood Banking Company, bluefusion entertainment, Kirby Auto Parts, Preferred Popcorn, Carol Ault’s Dance Factory, Goldrush Jewelers, Hemmerly’s Flowers and Gifts, Ohio DJ Network, Experis, Power Factory, lia Sophia, Michelle Hastings, It Works, Cassie Smith Courtyard Grub & Pub, Baking People Happy, Douce Dance Studio, Younique, Suzanne Maniaci Harris, and Custom Professional Accounting
Contestants were scored by two separate panels of judges. The first panel judged the afternoon Interview session worth 30%; and the second graded the evening competition which included 30% for Talent, 10% for Popcorn Wear, 20% for Evening Wear, and 10% for the On-Stage Interview.
Scholarship director Lynnell Jamison expressed her delight in the excellence of the contestants. “This was again a tough competition among yet another great group of young women,” said Jamison. “All who competed are exceptional young women and were wonderful to work with … all would have made great queens.”
Sabrina Cranmer of Marion was named Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival 2014 during popcorn royalty festivities Saturday evening, August 2, at River Valley High School. She won a $100 cash award, a crown sponsored by Goldrush Jewelers, banner and prize package.
“Surprised.” “Tickled.” “Thrilled.” Those were the first words Cranmer used to describe her emotions when she heard her name called. “My granddaughter has been doing the Popcorn Festival pageants and it looked like fun, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ never thinking in a million years I’d win.”
Carnmer also garnered the Popcorn Wear, Evening Gown, and Interview Awards. A home health care nurse at American Nursing Care, Carnmer resides in Marion. She has two children, Douglas Oliver and Shawn White.
First runner up was Kim Bradshaw, a quality analyst with Ohio Mutual Insurance Group. Residing in Marion, she and her husband, Daniel, are the parents of Anna and Lydia.
Stacy Hines, who also captured the People’s Choice award by raising nearly $2,000 towards the pageant, was second runner-up. From Waldo, Hines is an income tax account specialist with the City of Delaware. She and her husband, Scott, have three children Courtnie, Caden, and Cloie.
Each runner-up received a banner and prize package. Also participating were:
Paige Mosley who took home the Photogenic Award. She is the founder and CEO of Fred Darling Dance Studio. She resides in Marion and is looking forward to marrying her fiancé Todd Filliater in September.
Tammy Harrison is a production technician at M-Tek. She, her husband, Joe, and three children, Ranissa, Joseph, and Christian, live in Harpster.
Vanessa Callis of Delaware and her husband, Cody, are the parents of Anthony and Lilly. She is a customer account coordinator at XPO Logistics.
Melissa Hines and her husband, Paul, reside in Marion with their children Paula, Kelly, Dustin, Katie, and Emily. Hines is an associate teacher at Ohio Heartland Headstart.
Dina Rudd is a registered nurse at Marion General Hospital. She and her husband, Marvin, are the parents of Whitney, Chris, Ryan, Alex, and stepchildren Danielle and Bryant.
Each of the contestants participated in an Interview session, Evening Wear, Popcorn Wear, and an on-stage question.
The scholarships and awards for the contestants were sponsored by The Ohio State University-Marion, Marion Community Credit Union, The Richwood Banking Company, bluefusion entertainment, Kirby Auto Parts, Preferred Popcorn, Carol Ault’s Dance Factory, Goldrush Jewelers, Hemmerly’s Flowers and Gifts, Ohio DJ Network, Experis, Power Factory, lia Sophia, Michelle Hastings, It Works, Cassie Smith Courtyard Grub & Pub, Baking People Happy, Douce Dance Studio, Younique, Suzanne Maniaci Harris, and Custom Professional Accounting.
Conner Weisenauer and Bryanna Thompson were named Mr. and Miss Wee Pop 2014 during competition held Saturday morning at River Valley High School.
Weisenauer is the 2-year-old son of Cory and Danielle Weisenauer of Bucyrus. He won his division in Photogenic. Two-year-old Thompson is the daughter of Bryan and Ashley Thompson of Caledonia. She took her age division in Swimwear and Overall Costume honors.
Nolan Somerlot garnered the first runner-up position to Mr. Wee Pop. He is the 3-year-old son of Kary Kline and Nathan Somerlot of Marion, and took his age division in Swimwear.
First runner-up to Miss Wee Pop is Allyson Liming, the 5-year-old daughter of Chad and Michelle Liming of Bucyrus. She won her age division in Formalwear and Costume.
The 2014 Wee Pops will be featured on the Main Stage of the Marion Popcorn Festival. They will also ride in the Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade, and represent the Marion Popcorn Festival at various parades and events throughout the state.
Categories for Formalwear, Costume with a popcorn theme, and Swimwear with a popcorn theme were divided into four age groups: two years, three years, and four and five years. The winners of these divisions, order of age, were:
Receiving honorable mention category awards were: Annadaysia Clark, Khloe Holman, Ja’tasiah McCoy, Olivia May Tackett, Maddisyn Meade, Tessa Sias, Lily Callis, Eva Kozinski, and Alexis Stiger.
A separate photogenic contest was held in conjunction with the main pageant, and the results of this event had no bearing on the outcome of the Wee Pop Pageant. Contestants were allowed to enter one or both events. Photogenic awards went to:
Businesses responsible for sponsoring the event and many of the Wee Pop and Little Wee Pop gifts and awards were: Ideal Printing Service, Marion Auto Sales, Precision Auto, Goldrush Jewelers, Wal-Mart, Jerzee Drive Thru, McDonalds (Vince Ebner), Dolfin Music Service, Georgia Mills Carpet, Ready-To-Rent, Candel’s Renovations, Burger King, Kalie Crowe Photography, and Jane Wyatt.
Also contributing were bluefusion entertainment, The Columbus Zoo, Blue Streak Car Wash, PaPa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, LA Tan, Donatos, L & P Cake, Zoombezie Bay, Tubby’s Pizza, Red Lobster, Marion Flower Shop, El Campesino, The Wilds, Rosa and Rocco’s, Starbucks, and House of Hunan.
Twenty-eight contestants vied for the title of Marion Popcorn Festival’s 2014 Little Wee Pop Prince and Princess at River Valley High School Saturday morning. Little Wee Pop is designed for children aged 0 – 23 months.
The 2014 Prince is Oliver Schwartz, who also captured the Formalwear Award in his age division. He is the son of Caleb and Morgan Schwartz of Marion.
The 2014 Princess is Kendall Carter. She is the daughter of Thaddeaus and Kendra Carter of Marion. Carter won her age division in Formalwear.
Receiving Runner-Up awards were Brantley Hall for prince and Kayann Nelson for princess. Hall is the son of Dustin and Casey Hall. Nelson, who also took Overall Formalwear, is the daughter of Elisha and Bobbie Jo Nelson.
The 2014 Little Wee Pops will be featured on the Main Stage of the Marion Popcorn Festival. They will also ride in the Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade, and represent the Marion Popcorn Festival at various parades and events throughout the state.
Division winners included:
Overall Formalwear: Kayann Nelson
Overall Photogenic Sophia Elizabeth Call
Receiving honorable mention awards were: Annabelle Blair Buchanan, Jaylynn Chapman, Lily Betts, Emma Charles, Swayze Carlyle, Kingston Holman, Makinzee McBeth, Paysleigh Kennedy, Gracie Walter, Andromeda Silva, Aa’RahJah Brownridge, Elizabeth L. Fassler, Savannah R. Guadarrama, JaKaiden Aldridge, Kurerra Vernon, Keelan “KJ” Vernon, Gracie Lynn Newell, Kayleigh Banks, Cambrie Rae Fox, Kinslee Miller, and Bentley Lohr.
Pageant Director Jamie Williams expressed how well the day went. “I can’t imagine being a judge,” said Williams, “everyone of this kids had a good chance to win. My thanks to each and every parent who entered.”
The Little Wee Pop Pageant was sponsored by Kalie Crowe Photography.