The 2010 Redenbacher Popcorn Festival of Clay County is only days away, and organizers have released the schedule of events.
The festivities begin Thursday, Sept. 30 with the opening of the carnival at Forest Park running from 5- 10 p.m. Then Friday, from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, from noon-11 p.m., after 5 p.m., riders will need to wear two armbands. On Sunday hours will range from noon- 5 p.m. (or later). Anderson Amusements will run the carnival this year. The price is $1.50 per ticket and one ticket per ride or $15 per armband.
Beginning at 5 p.m., a hot dog and sloppy dog dinner with chips and a drink will be served at the popcorn house. Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m., with Moore's Dance Studio, followed by Toni's Tumbling Dance Studio and Tumble Express Dance Studio, all at the Forest Park band shell.
Patrons may begin visiting the Popcorn Festival at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, and a pork chop dinner will be served at the Pavilion and a $250 raffle will take place at 5 p.m. Participants must be present to win.
The "Cornstock Musical Fest Kickoff" will begin with 15th and Hulman at 6 p.m., Big Dead Bird at 7 p.m. and Yearbook Committee at 8 p.m., all musical acts will take place at the band shell.
The Orville Redenbacher Look-Alike Contest will begin at 7:30 p.m., at the Pavilion.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, the popcorn house will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. From noon-5 p.m., the Bungy Run, Obstacle Course and Other Things will be open and Farmer Ron's Amazing Field Trip will be open at the Pavilion from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The children's coloring contest will begin at 9 a.m., with judging at 1:30 p.m., and the announcement of the winners at 2 p.m. To enter the contest, each participant must bring one non-perishable food item as a donation to the Senior Citizen's Group of Clay County.
From 9-11 a.m., entries will be taken for the best "popcorn recipe" contest and display, judging will take place at noon. Followed by the popcorn eating contests at noon.
From 9 a.m.-11 p.m., the scarecrow contest and display will take place, judging is at noon and the Clay County Historical Society will have the historic log cabins museum open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Beginning at 11 a.m., the Redenbacher family "Memory Lane" Museum will be open.
The Fire Fighter's Waterball Competition will begin at 2 p.m. Musical entertainment will start at noon with a performance by RideTheWind, followed by the Jackson Township Community Band at 2 p.m. Community Covenant Signing Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.
The Country Rhodes Fish Fry will begin at 4 p.m., in the pavilion and Blue Moon Swamp will provide entertainment at 7:30 p.m., at the band shell.
The final day of the festival will hold some of the biggest surprises. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the Living Statue will be roaming the festival. Another $250 raffle will take place at 5 p.m., and patrons must be present to win.
The Bungy Run, Obstacle Course and Other Things will open at noon as well as the historic log cabins museum.
A chili cook off will begin at 2 p.m., with the winner being announce at 5 p.m., at the band shell. Seven Bridges Band will be the final act of the festival, which will begin at 3 p.m.