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Clay County Popcorn Festival Comes To An End

The Clay County Pop Corn Festival held for the past 10 years in Forest Park has come to an end. 

The event celebrated the life of ClayCounty native and popcorn king Orville Redenbacher.

It appears that a lack of money and increasing costs to operate the festival was part of the reason for the demise.

Even with a large number of volunteers there are many expenses involved in operating and event like this including the rent of Forrest Park where the event was held.

Also last month officials with the festival asked the Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board to allow the sale of alcohol during the festival but that request was denied. By state law there area where alcohol could be severed would have been fenced in and would have to have security checking ID’s.

That was something that organizers said they asked for because of survey results but was not the reason to cancel the festival by itself.

Meanwhile, the Popcorn Festival in the northern Indiana town of Valparaiso will celebrate its 35th year this Labor Day weekend. The Porter County area is where Redenbacher founded his pop corn business.