Popcorn in Paradise

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Published on September 07, 2010 with No Comments

Valparaiso will be Popping this Weekend

Celebrating its 32nd year, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. The festival has been named the “Best Festival of the Region” by The Times readers for 13 years

There will be over 200 arts and crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids’ games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, and the nation’s First Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement this incredible festival brings to the area.
There will be music on the main stage from 12-6:15 p.m. featuring bands such as Hoosier Highway, The Urbanites, The CrawPuppies, and Eric Guitar Davis & The Troublemakers. Students from the Garage Band 101 Course at Front Porch Music and Local Musicians will play at the Front Porch Music Stage from 12-6:30 p.m. and there will be inflatables, games and food at the Kid’s “Poppin’ & Play Place” from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
It all began in 1979, when the idea to bring a festival to the city popped up in the minds of the Valparaiso city leadership. Who better to solute than a Valparaiso native who became a household name with his very own brand of popcorn? Orville Redenbacher – America’s Popcorn King – was the inspiration behind the very first Popcorn Festival and the Nation’s First and Finest Popcorn Parade.  Today, over 30 years since the idea became reality, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival is a family favorite that draws visitors from near and far.  The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival is located in downtown Valparaiso, with the Popcorn Panic at 7 a.m. starting things off and wrapping up at 6:30 p.m. Plenty of off-site parking is available with a shuttle bringing attendees downtown. Cost for the shuttle is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

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