The 37th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival is finally here! Check out the packed schedule of events, taking place starting Tuesday:
PRE-FESTIVAL DAY ACTIVITIES
CHICAGOLAND POPCORN AREA
Urschel Pavilion, Central Park Plaza
Enjoy lunches and dinners under the Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza, sponsored by local organizations and restaurants. All meals are also available for carryout. Dinner tickets are available at the Valparaiso Events office, and menus can be found online at ValparaisoEvents.com
Tuesday, Sept. 8
11:30am–1pm: Lunch catered by Semento’s Napoli Cafe
4:30–7pm: Dinner catered by Don Quijote Foundation
5pm: Hot Wheels “Race of Champions” Registration
6pm: Race begins
Wednesday, Sept. 9
11:30am–1pm: Lunch catered by Pesto’s Italian Restaurant
5–7pm: Dinner catered by Valparaiso Band Parents Association
5–7pm: Live Entertainment by Valparaiso High School Jazz Combo
6:30pm: Cutest Baby Finals, sponsored by Regional Federal Credit Union
Take part in one of the Popcorn Festival’s longest-standing traditions! Come see which babies made it to the final round and who will take home first place. Babies will be judged on dress, facial appearances, and personality.
Thursday, Sept. 10
10:30am: 6th Annual Rotary Popcorn Open Golf Outing Registration
Noon: Shotgun Start at the Course at Aberdeen.
Contact Co-Chairs Jeffery Svantner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jane Szymczak (email@example.com) for more info or to register.
11:30am–1pm: Lunch catered by Strongbow Inn
4:30–7pm: Dinner catered by Valparaiso Kiwanis Club
Friday, Sept. 11
11:30am–1pm: Lunch catered by Kelsey’s Steak House
4:30–8pm: Dinner catered by NWI School Nutrition Association Chapter 25
6pm: Entertainment by Valparaiso High School Wind Ensemble and Varsity Singers
Two favorite festival traditions, the Popcorn Panic 5 Mile Run/5K Walk and the Lit’l Kernel Puff Run (ages 2–9) bring together runners and walkers of all ages for back-to-back fun. Register for the races through the Valparaiso Parks Department online at ValpoParks.org or by calling (219) 462-5144.
Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10
11am–7pm: Popcorn Panic packet pickup and registration at Extra Mile Fitness Company.
Friday, Sept. 11
3:30–6:30pm: Popcorn Panic packet pickup and registration; Only day for Lit’l Kernel Puff packet pickup. Butterfield Pavilion, Old Fairgrounds Park
FESTIVAL DAY ACTIVITIES
Saturday, Sept. 12
7am: Booths Open
7:30am: Popcorn Panic 5M Run and 5K Walk
8:45am: Lit’l Kernel Puff Race
10am: Valparaiso Popcorn Festival ChicagoLand Popcorn Parade, Sponsored by Centier Bank
The parade route starts at the Grand Trunk railroad by Northside Tap and proceeds south on Morgan, west on Lincolnway, north on Campbell, and ends at Ben Franklin Middle School.
11am–6:30pm: ChicagoLand Popcorn Area Open, Central Park Plaza
Enjoy food and beverage at Central Park Plaza, offered by Ben’s Pretzels, Pikk’s Tavern, Duffy’s Place, and Martini’s
SOUTH SHORE CVA MAIN STAGE
Porter Health Amphitheater, Central Park Plaza
Sponsored by: South Shore CVA, NIPSCO, Miller Lite, Duffy’s Place, M & S Collision, Orville Redenbacher, NITCO, General Insurance Service and Town & Country Market
Noon–1pm: The Indigos
1:20–2:40 pm: Max Allen Band
3–4:30pm: The Crawpuppies
5–6:30pm: Poi Dog Pondering
FRONT PORCH MUSIC STAGE
Corner of Lincolnway and Michigan Street
Noon–6:30pm: This stage features students from the Garage Band 101 Course at Front Porch Music and local musicians.
KIDS POPPIN’ AND PLAY PLACE
On Michigan Ave, South of Indiana Ave
Sponsored by: Indiana University Northwest
7am–6:30pm: Inflatable rides, games and food