Pop In to Indiana’s Popcorn Festivals
No carnival would be complete without popcorn, but at these popular Indiana festivals, popcorn is cause for celebration. Mark your calendar to celebrate the Hoosier State’s most fun food:
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
Sept. 9, 2017
The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival overflows with fun for all ages. Browse more than 200 arts and crafts booths, and sample the treats at 30 food booths offering popcorn and beyond. The day kicks off with the Popcorn Panic (a 5K walk/5-mile run) and includes a popcorn parade, kids’ games and live entertainment, with the Gin Blossoms as the headliner. Learn more at valparaisoevents.com.
Van Buren Popcorn Festival
Aug. 2-4, 2018
A perennially popular event since 1973, the Van Buren Popcorn Festival offers three days of family fun, food and free entertainment in the northwestern Indiana town, also home to Pop Weaver’s headquarters. In addition to popcorn, get your fill of favorite fair foods such as tenderloin and barbecue sandwiches. Along with the Kernel Klassic 5K run, festival-goers can enjoy a pet parade, carnival rides, a car show and much more. Learn more at popcornfestival.org.