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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

Tens of thousands of people will pop over to Valparaiso today to see the annual Popcorn Festival that began in 1979 as a tribute to popcorn king Orville Redenbacher.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

There is nothing like the smell of popcorn wafting from the kitchen or the office microwave to lure people to the tasty treat. It is irresistible. Similarly, there is nothing like the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival to attract people to not only the live music, parade, activities, and food of th…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

The late Orville Redenbacher happily wore the crown of "Popcorn King," and each year, made a return trek to Valparaiso to participate in the parade and festival created in his honor.

September 03, 2014 2:00 am
1991 Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn Commercials with Grandson Gary Redenbacher

1991 Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn Commercials with Grandson Gary Redenbacher

These back-to-back 15-second TV commercials featuring Orville Redenbacher and grandson Gary Redenbacher were recorded in April 1991.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Orville Redenbacher with Popcorn Bowl

Orville Redenbacher with Popcorn Bowl

Popcorn King Orville Redenbacher, who died at 88 in September 1995, remains an Indiana claim-to-fame for developing the kernel hybrid for his namesake brand of "gourmet popping corn."

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
1983 Redenbacher Family Portrait for Advertising Campaign

1983 Redenbacher Family Portrait for Advertising Campaign

This Redenbacher Family Portrait was staged for a 1983 advertising campaign for the Redenbacher brand of popcorn. It was the first time Gary, seated on floor in the lower left, was featured in a promotion. The top row, from left, is Orville's son-in-law Jim Tuminello with wife Gail Redenbach…

August 30, 2014 12:00 am
Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Parade Float Sculpture

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Parade Float Sculpture

Valparaiso artist and designer Kathy Brown, who has been creating popcorn parade floats for 25 years, places glasses on an Orville Redenbacher figurine, constructed entirely of corn products on a paper mache base, during the construction of Purdue University North Central's 2011 entry for th…

August 30, 2014 12:00 am
Orville Redenbacher and Grandson Gary Redenbacher in 1993

Orville Redenbacher and Grandson Gary Redenbacher in 1993

Orville Redenbacher and grandson Gary Redenbacher prepare to board the Hunt-Wesson float in 1993, continuing the family tradition to lead as celebrity grand marshals for the annual Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Festival Parade.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am
Orville Redenbacher statue, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

Orville Redenbacher statue, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

A statue of gourmet popcorn namesake Orville Redenbacher sits in Valparaiso's Central park Plaza.

August 26, 2014 4:53 pm
FROM the FARM: Reader recalls Jim Nabors in second 'Farm' cookbook

FROM the FARM: Reader recalls Jim Nabors in second 'Farm' cookbook

A few month ago, after I wrote about the 10th anniversary of my original "From the Farm" cookbook, readers started asking about the second cookbook installment published in 2007, which is also long out-of-print.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Orville losing title role at Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | This year's Popcorn Festival will take on a whole new flavor. Actually, 250 new flavors.

July 30, 2014 4:30 pm

Valpo to buy 'Big Dancer' sculpture next to YMCA

VALPARAISO | Orville Redenbacher is about to get a dancing partner.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
Train brings Indiana history to Valpo

Train brings Indiana history to Valpo

VALPARAISO | The Indiana Historical Society hit town Thursday to stir up a little Hoosier historical hysteria for the state's bicentennial in 2016, and it appeared to be working.

October 10, 2013 7:12 pm Photos

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Bicentennial Train coming to Valpo Thursday

Bicentennial Train coming to Valpo Thursday

VALPARAISO | It's a chance for area residents to boost Orville Redenbacher's reputation as the state's top innovator all time as the state's Bicentennial Train visits this week.

October 05, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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Kernel of Truth: Valparaiso's Popcorn Fest celebrates 35th anniversary this weekend

Kernel of Truth: Valparaiso's Popcorn Fest celebrates 35th anniversary this weekend

The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival celebrates its 35th year Saturday, but the fun and activities dedicated to what still ranks as America's favorite snack are already starting.

September 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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WILLIAM NANGLE: Three mayors' vision improving their communities

WILLIAM NANGLE: Three mayors' vision improving their communities

Three cities. Three mayors. One goal.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Indiana State Fair having a ball with Year of Popcorn

OFFBEAT: Indiana State Fair having a ball with Year of Popcorn

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 12, 2013 12:00 am
Valpo quality of life earns Ball State award

Valpo quality of life earns Ball State award

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso was one of three Indiana cities to receive the first Primacy of Place Community Awards from Building Better Communities, a division of Ball State University.

August 08, 2013 6:47 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Grandson still trying to publish new book about Orville Redenbacher

OFFBEAT: Grandson still trying to publish new book about Orville Redenbacher

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 17, 2013 12:00 am
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