The presentation was made July 15 during the festival's committee meeting. The 2004 festival will be the first weekend in October.
As promised last year, there will be free popcorn this year during the second Annual Popcorn Festival of Clay County in honor of our native son, Orville Redenbacher.
If you feel that you can't get enough free popcorn at the park, you can get your fill by attending other events taking place during the festival such as the USO-- Swing Show at the County Courthouse. The Popcorn Festival Committee encourages businesses around the county to offer free buttered Orville Redenbacher popcorn to their customers.
For those wanting a sweeter taste of popcorn or popcorn treats, vendors will be selling specialized popcorns for those visiting Forest Park. There will be many events going on during the three-day festival to satisfy the serious festival attendee. Let us take a look at what's poppin' on the back burner for the Popcorn Festival to be held October 1-3 throughout Clay County:
Vendors will be present on all three days of the festival and will include hand-made crafts, art/sculptures, foods, drinks, snacks, and specialized, unique gifts and crafts. All vendors will be set up at Forest Park at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The times that vendors will close will depend on the time other events finish up at the park but some will most likely shut down at 5 p.m. Other planned activities for the three days include helicopter rides, Climb-It rock climbing, and Big Bounce attractions for kids. And of course, free hot, buttered popcorn!
Helicopter rides will be offered by HIS Helicopter Service, owned by Marc and Patty Wood, of DeLand, Fla. This three-day event will offer rides for adults at $20 each. Children under 10 years old will be $10. Marc Wood has been a pilot for over 25 years and has logged 5,000 hours. He says it's a great way to get an aerial view of the festival and the city of Brazil as a bird would see it.
President Evelyn Brown said that Mary Jo Alumbaugh and the County Courthouse Employees will sponsor the first evening event with an open house on Friday. Attendees will be greeted with music from the Fabulous 40's Band as they pay tribute to the 1940s, which is in keeping with this year's theme: The USO Show-- Swing Era. The USO Show will take place in the rotunda of the historic Clay County Courthouse. Many are waiting to see what period costumes will be worn but there is talk already about military attire and zoot suits for the affair.
The Redenbacher Look-Alike Contest, sponsored by Moore Funeral Home and the Popcorn Festival will take place at this event and the winner will get a nice, cash prize and be our guest in the K-Day Parade. Door prizes will be given out during this free event and-- well-- as you probably guessed it-- free, hot-buttered popcorn!
After The USO Show at the Courthouse, the committee invites you to attend a spectacular Laser Light Show at the Forest Park Band Shell. The first of its kind in this region, the Laser Light Show uses dynamic music and brilliant laser lights and neon animated figures that dance across the screen and into the fog cloud that hovers above you. It will grab you, hold you in your seat, until the last note is played and the last flicker of light is gone. The show is free to the public and is sponsored by the Popcorn Festival.
Saturday, the main event at the festival is the fabulous Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, which has been an event in this county for many years. It will be held early in the morning until early afternoon in the Forest Park Pavilion. Always a favorite, the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is a time-honored tradition in Clay County and all citizens are encouraged to come out and support the Kiwanis who sponsor this event.
Starting Saturday and continuing Sunday, Moore Funeral Home will sponsor the Pompier, Pump, and Playpipe Society of Indiana, who will have antique fire trucks, Pompier (ladder and safety belt), and other equipment on display at Forest Park.
French Funeral Home is sponsoring a Longabarger representative who will be on hand Saturday and Sunday to demonstrate the art of making baskets. The demonstration will be free to the public.
Saturday evening entertainment will start with two shows in the Forest Park Band Shell. The first show is the return of Forever the Tribute: The Beatles, which was a huge success last year. The second show will be more dynamic and at this time, the committee can't release the act until it has a final vote and a contract is signed. Both shows are free to the public and are sponsored by the Popcorn Festival.
Sunday festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Festivities include performances by local dance studios in the Band Shell, which is being coordinated by Dana Daub.
In the afternoon, the Rick Jeffries band will perform for the local crowd. It's a well-known local band that will entertain you with great music across different musical genres. Both shows are free to public and are sponsored by the Popcorn Festival.
The K-Day parade, sponsored by Brazil Kiwanis, will be held over the weekend with many floats, bands, groups, and dignitaries waving to the group of onlookers. Come out and enjoy the parade and pick up some free candy (or maybe some free popcorn coupons) for the kids.
The Brazil Times will publish a Popcorn Festival insert that will come out prior to the festival, listing the events and history of the man who made gourmet popcorn a household item: Orville Redenbacher.
Many event times and dates as well as other events are being finalized but the committee wishes to assure you that it will update its Web site, www.popcornfest.net, and keep you informed with all the changes as they become available.
In keeping with its mission statement, this festival belongs to the communities of Clay County. The committee encourages new ideas and suggestions. This is your county festival; tell the committee what you want.