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Popcorn Fest



Stilt walker Matt Mullin perches atop the the Orville Reddenbacher statue in Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza during the Popcorn Festival on Saturday.

September 06, 2014 2:42 pm


Representatives of St. Anthony's Imaging and Diagnostics show off their popcorn pride as they prepare to board their float Saturday for the Valparaiso Popcorn Parade.

September 06, 2014 2:41 pm

Recycling Available at Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | The City of Valparaiso is encouraging Popcorn Fest attendees to look for the event’s recycling collection containers on Festival day, Sept. 7, 2013. ClearStream recycling collection containers will be located near garbage cans throughout the festival so visitors can recycle thei…

September 05, 2013 3:50 pm
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


Valpo's Central Park, its activities, keep expanding

VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza was a busy place in 2012 with 107 events, but, as Valparaiso prepares to unveil plans for the park's expansion, it's already set for an even busier 2013.

March 04, 2013 12:00 am

Why shouldn't I be allowed to take dog to festival?

I finally decided to go check out the Popcorn Fest, after not going for the past few years. I took my chocolate lab who, by the way, behaves better then most people's children in public.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am

Valpo bus ridership shows continued growth

VALPARAISO | After starting service three years ago with about 20 riders on two buses, the ChicaGo Dash express weekday commuter bus service to the Loop is approaching an average of 100 riders each way on the current three buses.

September 21, 2011 7:00 pm
Popcorn Fest provides food, fun and entertainment leading up to main event

Popcorn Fest provides food, fun and entertainment leading up to main event

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events (VCFE) will host the 33rd Annual Popcorn Festival on Saturday, September 10 when over 50,000 festival goers will descend on downtown Valparaiso.

September 06, 2011 4:00 pm Photos


Valpo eateries to remove outdoor dining for Popcorn Fest

VALPARAISO | Outdoor dining at downtown restaurants on Lincolnway will have to take about a 12-hour break to accommodate the Popcorn Fest.

July 29, 2011 7:55 pm

Valpo park opening back on schedule

VALPARAISO | City officials breathed a collective sigh of relief Wednesday as work resumed on several projects shut down because of the operating engineers strike, including the Central Park Plaza.

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Free Rides program offers all-day bus service during festival

VALPARAISO | Miller Lite will offer free bus service on the city's V-Line all day on Saturday to encourage Valparaiso Popcorn Festival visitors to celebrate responsibly and never drive drunk.

September 10, 2010 12:00 am

The Popcorn Fest is finally here

Saturday is the big day for the 32nd Annual Popcorn Festival. This is thirty two years of what has become a community tradition brought to us by the incomparable Orville Redenbacher, his company and the world famous popcorn. The cannon will fire at 7 a.m. to start the race shortly after led …

September 10, 2010 12:00 am
Chicken dinners at Popcorn Tent

Chicken dinners at Popcorn Tent

September 08, 2010 12:00 am
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