Due to popularity of the Popcorn Festival of Clay County dinners before, the festival has teamed up with the Brazil Concert Band to bring Sundays in the Park: A Dinner and Concert Series.
The festival board and concert band director Matt Huber felt it would benefit both organizations and offer a nice Sunday evening of great food, strolling and music to county residents.
Five dinners will be set up by the Popcorn Festival during the summer series to mimic the musical theme of the Concert Band performances. The dinners will take place between 5:30-7:30 p.m., on designated Sundays in the Forest Park Pavilion.
The festival will do the first dinner June 6, with homemade Chicken and Noodles, homemade yeast rolls, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
Dinners will be $7.50 at the door.
Desserts will be available for 50 cents each. Iced tea and lemonade will also be served with dinner.
The festival is known for a little flare and the service provided will not be different.
Servers will deliver the food to residents with Redenbacher smiles, white shirts, black pants, bow ties and suspenders.
Those attending will, however, have to stand in line for tickets purchased at the door. The tables will have covers and real flowers to compliment the ambiance as you "... eat in a formal, picnic table fashion," one board member said.
The Brazil Concert Band concerts are scheduled to take place at 8 p.m., each Sunday.
The following are dates for the planned themed dinners:
* June 6 -- Chicken and Noodles,
* June 13 -- Italian Beef Dinner,
* July 25 -- To be determined,
* Aug. 1 -- German theme with German food (to be determined), and
* Aug. 29 -- To be determined.
The Forest Park concession stand will also be open Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and all proceeds benefit the Clay County Humane Society.
Menus could change and the community will be kept posted on exact dinner items through The Brazil Times.
Advanced tickets may be purchased at any First Financial Banking center in Clay County, Farm Bureau Co-op Federal Credit Union on State Road 59, Marc Adamson's Party Store, Reberger's Cleaners, The Brazil Times, and through any festival member.
Purchasing tickets in advance allows for a free dessert item.
For more information on tickets, call Alice Wools at 448-82245 or Mary Ellen Elliott at 812-986-2766.
The proceeds from the dinners support the Popcorn Festival and its programs, such as scholarships, Forest Park renovations, etc. The goal of the festival is to put Clay County in the national spotlight.
This year's Popcorn Festival will take place Oct. 1-3, at Forest Park, with the carnival beginning Sept. 30.