The 7th annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival proved to be the most successful in history. With much cooperation from the community and the weather, we were 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. Chairperson, Jessie Bigley, and the Sweet Corn Festival Committee express their gratitude for the efforts of our volunteers, sponsors and community members who attended and made the festival a success.
The Sweet Corn Festival is a nonprofit (501C4) 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 or a related field. The 2014 scholarship winners were: Mariah Stollar from Warren High School and Jessica White from Fort Frye High School.
Income for the festival is raised through the sale of corn, donations, vendor fees, a corn hole tournament, "Guess the Kernel" contest and a silent auction. The greater Marietta area community made sure that the Sweet Corn Festival could continue into its eighth year.
This year's donors for the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival include: American Legion Post #64, Antique Tractor Club, Apex True Value Hardware, Artex Oil and Gas, Beverly Feed and Supply, Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, Contractors Building Supply, Cora and Gary Marshall, David Haas, Discount Signs and Awnings, Eramet, Flexmag Industries Inc., Food 4 Less, Franklin Fire Equipment, Gary's Towing, Green Valley Co-op, Greenleaf Landscapes, Hyde Brothers Printing Co., Janisource, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Magnuson Hotel by the River, Marietta Health and Wellness, Marietta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marty's Print Shop, Morrison Inc., Peoples Bank, Promanco, Rumpke, Schwendeman Agency Inc., Sportarama, Inc., Tractor Supply Company, Turner Oil and Gas Properties Inc., Triad Hunter LLC, United Rentals, Wal-Mart of Marietta, Warren's IGA, Washington County Juvenile Center, Washington County Adult Probation, Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington Electric Co-op, Dave Waterman, Wes Banco and Witten's Farm Market.
Volunteers for the event included: RSVP volunteers, the River Roar Tent Crew, the MMS Builders Club, the MHS Key Club, Boy Scout Troop 95, Pioneer Antique Power Associates Inc., American Legion Post 64, City of Marietta administration, electricians, water workers and maintenance staff, City of Marietta Fire Department, scholarship recipients and the families and friends of the Sweet Corn Festival Committee, a total of over 70 volunteers.
Over 4,427 ears of corn were sold this year, our best year of corn sales. The corn, donated and delivered by Witten's Farm Market then roasted to perfection by Cowboy Dan Concessions, provided a major financial impact. Still, "a buck an ear", the corn sales assures that $500 scholarships given to two Washington County seniors of the Class of 2015 entering agricultural programs or related fields in college and the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival will continue.
The Sweet Corn Festival offered excellent musical entertainment on Friday evening and the afternoon and evening on Saturday. Perhaps the most notable events of the festival are included in the children's area that featured coin hunts, corn eating contests, crafts, face painting, magic shows, merry-go-round, petting zoo, portraits, and the "bubble wagon", 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 space, shade and grass under foot. The Sweet Corn Festival Committee continues to work with and provide support to our city officials, making Muskingum Park a valuable community asset. We hope that you will attend the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival next July 17 and 18.
Marietta Sweet Corn