For 35 years, the Valparaiso Indiana Popcorn Festival has honored the man with the bowtie and glasses who glamorized one of America’s favorite snacks.
The city sits just an hour’s drive from Chicago, and is the site of the first popcorn parade in the United States, organized in the name of Orville Redenbacher, the man who invented gourmet popcorn.
The one-day festival is one of the most popular events in Valparaiso Indiana and features not only the parade, complete with popcorn-encrusted floats, but also musical entertainment and a host of scheduled activities. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, the festival draws thousands of visitors each year who jam the historic downtown to eat and shop their way through more than 200 booths.
From multi-flavored popcorn to Asian, Mexican, good old American fare and more, it’s an opportunity sample a plethora of dishes and pick up a bauble, a gift, a homemade craft or a yard ornament, to name just a small sampling of merchandise for sale.
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