2018 Sweet Corn Festival a resounding success

The 11th annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival set a new record for public attendance and corn sales! With much cooperation from the community, two nice days of weather and Witten Farm Market, we were able to provide this event at no charge to the public and exceed our goal by providing two college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. 8,346 ears of roasted corn were served in 12 hours, breaking the 2017 record! Chairperson Jessie Bigley and the Sweet Corn Festival Committee express their gratitude for the efforts of our volunteers, financial supporters 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 agriculture and to encourage area youth to further their education in the field of agriculture or a related field. The 2018 scholarship winners were Cole Riffle and Alyssa Wagner, both graduating from Warren High School and both currently attending Ohio University.

This year’s contributors to the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival include: Ag-Land, American Legion Post 64, Antique Tractor Club, Apex True Value, BSA Troop 4, Ken and Jessie Bigley, Bridgeport Equipment & Tool, City of Marietta- administration, electrical, fire, health, maintenance and police departments, Dona Cernus and Kim Cronin, Country Road Kettle Corn, Cowboy Concessions, Discount Sign & Awnings, Eramet, Gary’s Towing, Hyde Brothers Printing, Lashley’s Tractor, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Marietta Health & Wellness, Marietta Middle School Builders Club, Marietta Noon Lions Club, Marty’s Print Shop, Morrison’s, Inc., Noble County Cruzers, Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children, Pioneer Antique Power Association, Inc., Pioneer Ladies Civitan Club, Promanco, Reno Lions Club, Rumpke, Settlers Bank, Gerald and Norma Swartz, Uncle Dan’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, United Rental, Warren’s IGA, Washington County Adult Probation, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Witten Farm Market.

Volunteers for the Sweet Corn Festival totaled over 140 in number. Our scholarship recipients, present and previous years, the families and friends of the Sweet Corn Festival Committee as well as many of our youth and adult service clubs, showed their commitment to providing a fantastic event. We invite you to become involved with the 2019 Festival!

There were 8,346 ears of corn sold this year, a 12 percent increase of roasted corn sales! The corn, donated and delivered by Witten Farm Market then immediately roasted to perfection by Cowboy Concessions, provided a major financial impact. Our corn is still “a buck an ear” and we’ve established the third Saturday of every July as the annual SCF date. Corn sales have been so successful that we will offer two $1,000 scholarships to Washington County seniors of the Class of 2019 entering agricultural programs or related fields in college or have lengthy involvement in FFA or 4-H. The Sweet Corn Festival Committee continues to work with and provide support to our city officials, making Muskingum Park a valuable community asset. With the addition of 78 vehicles in the car and truck show, we completely filled the park with free, fun and family centered events. We hope that you will place the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival this July 19 and 20 on your calendar.

Mark Doebrich, vice-chair

Marietta Sweet Corn Committee