The sixth annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival recorded a nice crowd despite a rainy first night and an afternoon downpour on Saturday. With much cooperation, we are able to provide this event at no charge to the public as we met our goal to provide college scholarships to graduating seniors entering the field of agriculture. In addition, we also helped with the installation of two electrical fixtures at the south end of Muskingum Park. Chairperson, Jessie Bigley, and the Sweet Corn Festival Committee express their gratitude for the efforts of our volunteers as well as sponsors and people who made donations that made the festival a success.
The Sweet Corn Festival is a nonprofit organization that was developed in recognition of the area's acclaimed sweet corn and area agriculture and to encourage area youth to further their education in the field of agriculture. Scholarship winners were Courtney Huck from Fort Frye High School and Ashley Wilson from Marietta High School.
Income for the festival is raised through the sale of corn, sponsorships, donations, vendor fees, a corn hole tournament, raffles, 50/50 drawings and this year, we added a silent auction. The Greater Marietta Area population came together in tough economic and environmental times and made sure that the Sweet Corn Festival can continue into it's seventh year.
This year's sponsors for the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival included: Witten Farm Market, Cowboy Dan Concessions, Discount Signs & Awnings, PROMANCO, Peoples Bank, The Galley, American Legion Post 64. and Clear Channel Radio. Our "Power in the Park" Project donors included: American Legion Post 64, I.B.E.W and Troy Ferrell, City of Marietta, Bigley, Christy & Price Auctions, Cowboy Dan Concessions, Uncle Dan Ice Cream, PROMANCO, Marshall Real Estate, Rich Weisen, Rinard's Hardware and Miracle Electric.
Donations of note were received from: Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Magnuson Hotel by the River, Schwendeman Agency, Washington Electric Co-Op, Settlers Bank, Advantage Bank, FlexMag, Hyde Brothers Printing, Giant Eagle, Michael and Claire Mullen, WMOA, Duke Energy, Contractors Building Supplies, Green Valley Co-Op, Apex True Value, Warren's IGA, Marietta Riverfront Roar, staff of the City of Marietta Police, Fire, Street and Water departments, Franklin Fire Equipment, Rumpke Waste Management, Magnetic Technologies, Full Circle Oil & Gas, Food For Less, Wal-Mart, Marietta Janitorial Supply, Bridgeport Equipment, Thomson's Landscaping and the donors for Friday night's entertainment: Eramet and Over the Moon Pizza.
Volunteers for the event included: RSVP volunteers, the MMS Builders Club, Boy Scout Troop 200, Pioneer Antique Power Associates, Inc., American Legion Post 64, scholarship recipients and the families and friends of the Sweet Corn Festival Committee, a total of 82 volunteers.
Over 2,840 ears of corn were sold this year. The corn, donated and delivered by Witten Farm Market then roasted to perfection by Cowboy Dan Concessions, provided a major financial impact and assures that two $500 scholarships to Washington County seniors of the Class of 2014 entering agricultural programs or related fields in college will be available.
The Sweet Corn Festival offered musical entertainment for festival attendees on Friday and unfortunately needed to cancel Saturday's five hours of music due to rain. Perhaps the most notable events of the festival are included in the children's area that featured magic shows, portraits, corn eating contests, merry-go-round, petting zoo, coin hunts, crafts and face painting, all offered for free.
Thank you for your support and attendance at this year's Marietta Sweet Corn Festival. The established location of Muskingum Park has proved to be a success, offering more space, shade and grass under foot. Displays this year extended well beyond the gazebo! The Sweet Corn Festival Committee continues to work with and provide support to our city officials and the I.B.E.W to have additional permanent electrical service installed in the park near the gazebo, making Muskingum Park a valuable community asset throughout the year. We hope you'll attend the Festival next July 18 and 19.
Marietta Sweet Corn Committee