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Former resident finds book featuring local festival

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

By the title of the book, it all sounds intimidating, but it is great news for the Popcorn Festival of Clay County and the community.

A former local resident, Brad Rodgers, Manager of Home Goods in Carmel, Ind., received a shipment of books titled "Eat This! 1001 Things to Do Before You Diet," by Ian Jackman.

It listed states and places to eat that the author has visited or has had recommended to him.

Rodgers checked out Indiana and the Redenbacher Popcorn Festival was listed.

It was the only festival in Indiana listed along with only four other places.

Rodgers then contacted Marc Brown, who works at Home Goods and he contacted his parents and the rest is history.

"We were ecstatic to hear about this news and at first, we weren't sure if this was true," as stated by Glen and Evelyn Brown. "We are not sure who recommended us or if the author, Ian Jackman, actually visited our festival and partook of the wonderful foods we offer."

Here is an excerpt of his introduction"

"...what I seek is a mouthwatering cross section that everyone, including me, can seek to experience. After living my first 28 years in the UK, I moved to the US in 1992. I've been constantly amazed and excited by the food I've found in my new home country. All the time, I'm discovering a new world of eating. Throughout the book, I've relied on the help of local experts (and my friends) to point the way for me. I've tried much of the food discussed in this book, but what I haven't comes recommended by other people in parts of the country I've yet to visit. This book has turned into my personal reference guide and eating to-do list. Not much beats happening upon a place on the way from one town to another, tasting something you've never tried, and loving it."

The comment the author made about the festival is located on page 346 and is as follows:

"For a twist, the Popcorn Festival of Clay County has been held since 2003, (...) through (the) first weekend of October at Forest Park, in Brazil, Indiana. The festival has its own Oktoberfest and also celebrates the life of local popcorn entrepreneur Orville Redenbacher (1907-1995), with what is billed as the world's only Orville Redenbacher look-alike contest."

An attempt to locate the author has been made and at this time, no response has come back, but the festival will continue to contact him and hopefully, he will be able to explain how he heard about (the festival) or if he actually stopped here to eat at the festival.

Sadly, the Oktoberfest no longer exists, but the festival, in honor of native son Orville Clarence Redenbacher, moves forward.

This year's festival will take place Oct. 1-3, with the carnival beginning Thursday, Sept. 30.

The theme this year is "Celebrate the Popcorn."

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