Members of the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival Committee voted to disband the annual event and disburse the remaining funds to the Agricultural Departments in the Fort Frye, Frontier, Marietta, Waterford, Warren and Washington County Career Center High Schools.
After twelve outstanding events that began in 2008, the pandemic and health concerns caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 festivals. Community members, Board members and our many volunteers have expressed their dismay with the two cancellations, yet all of the volunteers agreed that cancellation for those years was the only responsible action that could be taken. A unanimous vote of the Board Members to end the annual event and disburse the remaining funds was taken at the October 18, 2021 meeting.
As a committee, we understand the community’s enthusiasm to attend a free, family centered and fun event such as was offered in Marietta. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide this great event.
Many “thank you’s” are offered to everyone who supported and attended the previous Sweet Corn Festivals. A heartfelt note of thanks goes to Witten’s Farm Market for donating twelve years, over 60,000 ears, of Silver Queen corn to our Festivals. A huge note of thanks goes to our initial organizers and financial providers: Promanco and the Framing Gallery. Every year we counted on support from Eramet, Cowboy Dan Concessions, the SCF Committee, the many volunteer organizations such as the American Legion Post 64, the RSVP Program, area Scout Troops, the Lions and Kiwanis clubs, Peoples Bank, Washington Electric Co-op, the Schwendeman Agency, Marty’s Print Shop, AgLand, and the untold number of volunteers, too many to name, that helped the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival become one of the top events held in the Mid-Ohio Valley. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank the thousands of community members that attended the Festival each year.
Remaining faithful to our By-Laws, we have promoted agricultural products in our area and supported scholarship programs to graduating seniors that were entering the field of agriculture or a related field. Our Scholarship Program began in 2010 with the initial awarding of three $200.00 scholarships. Each year following 2010, larger scholarships were awarded as the Sweet Corn Festival grew in attendance and popularity, with the final scholarships awarded amounting to $1,000.00 each. Maggie Alden (Frontier), Katie Fisher (Warren), Kalleigh Mason (Marietta), Brady Campbell (Waterford), Autumn Hendershot (Waterford), Kylie Seese (Ft. Frye), Courtney Huck (Ft. Frye), Ashley Wilson (Marietta), Mariah Stollar (Warren), Jessica White (Ft. Frye), Kenny White (Warren & WCCC), Marlee Stollar (Warren), Destiny Lang (Marietta), Katherine Wagner (Waterford), Cole Riffle (Warren), Alyssa Wagner (Warren), Bailey Gentile (Warren), Hunter Welch (Marietta), Kristen Winstanley (Frontier), Elisabeth Burdiss (Warren), Grace Brookover (Marietta), Kesselyn Bigley (Marietta) and Addie Huffman (Marietta) received scholarships to attend college. Our Board, following our By-Laws, will issue equal checks to the Agricultural Departments in the Fort Frye, Frontier, Marietta, Waterford, Warren and Washington County Career Center High Schools in an effort to support agricultural education.
We wish our local agricultural businesses and upcoming student leaders in agribusiness the best of luck in the future.
Jessie Bigley, Randy Burnworth, Mark Doebrich, Dan Lang, Deidre Sargent, Donna Schob, Candace Schoeppner, Rene Warren
Marietta Sweet Corn Festival Committee