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.
People pose with a statue of famous popcorn legend Orville Redenbacher in Valparaiso late last summer.
Valparaiso - Peter Peuquet, CEO of Chester, Inc., puts his arm around a statue of Orville Redenbacher after an unveiling of the statue at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso, Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Redenbacher and partner Charlie Bowman bought the George F. Chester and Son seed corn plant …
Orville Redenbacher's daughter, Gail Tuminello, and artist Lou Cella unveil a statue of Redenbacher sitting on a park bench in Valparaiso.
A statue of Orville Redenbacher sitting on a park bench is unveiled Tuesday during a ceremony in Valparaiso. Redenbacher and partner Charlie Bowman started Chester Hybrids in 1951 while developing their famous popcorn in Valparaiso.
Abagail Igarta, left, with the city of Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission, and Barbie Johnson, with the Valparaiso Parks Department, kiss the newly unveiled Orville Redenbacher statue Tuesday at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.
Orville Redenbacher's daughter, Gail Tuminello, fixes a bow tie prop on a statue of her famous father after it was unveiled to the public in Valparaiso.
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