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Thanks for support of Sweet Corn Festival

The 12th Annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival was successful thanks to the collaboration from our community and Witten’s Farm Market. We were able to provide this event at no charge to the public and granted three college scholarships to graduating high school seniors; 6,837 ears of roasted corn were served in twelve hours! 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. Due to record sales of corn in 2018 we granted $1,000.00 scholarships to: Bailey Gentile (Warren), Hunter Welch (Marietta) and Kristen Winstanley (Frontier).

This year’s contributors to the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival include: Ag-Land, American Legion Post 64, Antique Tractor Club, Apex True Value, Ken & Jessie Bigley, Bridgeport Equipment & Tool, City of Marietta- Administration, Electrical, Fire, Health, Maintenance and Police Departments, CPC Ink, Country Road Kettle Corn, Cowboy Concessions, Eramet, Gary’s Towing, Hyde Brothers Printing, Lashley’s Tractor, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Marietta Middle School Builders Club, Marietta Noon Lions Club, Marty’s Print Shop, Morrison’s, Inc., Mike Stalnaker, Noble County Cruzers, Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children, Pioneer Antique Power Association, Inc., Pioneer Ladies Civitan Club, John Lehman and Promanco, Rumpke, Schwendeman Insurance, Settlers Bank, Uncle Dan’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, United Rental, Vadakin Inc., Warren’s IGA, Washington Electric, Washington County Adult Probation, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, West Side Safe and Witten’s Farm Market.

Volunteers for the Sweet Corn Festival totaled over 150 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 2020 Festival!

6,837 ears of corn were sold this year, 1,500 ears less than in 2018 due to extreme heat. We are thankful for the festival supporters that braved the heat and attended the event. The decision to move the Sweet Corn Festival to Muskingum Park proved to be a good one, knowing the park provides a shaded and grass covered location. With temperature in the “corn tent” approaching 115 degrees, we joked that we might end up with “popcorn,” rather that our delicious roasted corn.

The sweet corn, donated and delivered by Witten’s then immediately roasted by Cowboy Concessions, allows us to sell for, “a Buck an ear.” We’ve established the third Saturday of every July as the annual SCF date. We will resume offering two $1,000.00 scholarships to Washington County seniors of the Class of 2020 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. We hope that you will place the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival July 17 and 18, 2020 on your calendar.

Mark Doebrich

Vice-Chair

Marietta Sweet Corn Festival

Committee