- The popcorn eating contest has been rescheduled to Saturday
- Laser Light Show will be 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday
By JASON JACOBS
The 4th Annual Clay County Popcorn Festival begins Friday at 4 p.m. at Forest Park, featuring a collection of Orville Redenbacher memorabilia.
The collection includes photos of Redenbacher with celebrities, a scrapbook he created for his family, and a DVD featuring Redenbacher's commercials and interviews.
The festival was first created to honor Redenbacher's contribution to society, and now it also serves as a venue to promote the community and its non-profit organizations.
Known to the Indiana State Festival Association as the up-and-coming festival of Indiana, the Popcorn Festival has doubled in size each year.
Once again, the Redenbacher family will participate by judging the Orville Redenbacher Look-A-Like Contest Friday night at 7 p.m. in the band shell and will remain at the festival for the entirety of the weekend.
"The Redenbachers couldn't be more proud to see us do this every year," Festival President Evelyn Brown said following the last planning meeting before this year's event on Thursday in the Popcorn House at Forest Park. "They are so proud to see an honest and family-oriented event honoring Orville."
The festival has succeeded with the growing relationship of the festival planners/organizers and ConAgra Foods and their advertising firm of Ketcham, Inc., who have been extremely generous in the providing of food and ideas to improve the festival each year.
This will be the first and only year that will feature Orville Redenbacher memorabilia.
The festival will be highlighted by a bobble-head of Orville, which was designed by John Rodgers, a Clay County artist who has also designed bobble-heads of famous race car drivers and country-western singers.
Attendees of the festival can enter a raffle to win the bobble-head for $1 per chance or six for $5. A Cuisinart Popcorn Machine will also be raffled off along with a drawing for $250 for 50 cents per chance or three for a dollar.
Festival patrons may also fill out a short survey and receive a mini-bag of Redenbacher popcorn. All surveys will be entered into a drawing for one of four year-long supplies of microwave popcorn. All winners must be present at the drawings on Sunday Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. to receive their prize.
The festival will showcase a number of different crafts such as urimusic pottery, ornamental iron work, glass art sculpture and chainsaw sculpture, among many others.
Saturday will be highlighted by a Marinated Pork Dinner put on by the First Christian Church's "World Mission Project" from 2-6 p.m. in the pavilion, and the Popcorn Eating Contest, hosted by the Elk's Lodge at 9 p.m. at the Elk's Lodge in Brazil.
Sunday will mark the 140th birthday of the City of Brazil. Mayor Tom Arthur will host the celebration, presenting a cake with 140 candles on it. Cake will be served for one hour beginning at 1 p.m.
The First Christian Church's Cornerstone Christian Academy will host a fish fry from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday as well.
For all other information about the Clay County Popcorn Festival, recipes and a schedule of events: visit www.popcornfest.net.