The 5th Annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival recorded their largest crowd despite a rainy first night and moving to a new location. 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 Kylie Seese from Fort Frye High School and Autumn Hendershot from Waterford High School.
Income for the festival is raised through the sale of corn, sponsorships, donations, vendor fees, a corn hole tournament, raffles and 50/50 drawings. 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 sixth year.
This year's sponsors included: Witten Farm Market, Cowboy Dan Concessions, Discount Signs & Awnings, The Galley, Morrison Inc. and Clear Channel Radio.
Donations of note were received from: Troy Ferrell and the I.B.E.W volunteers, PROMANCO, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Magnuson Hotel by the River, Schwendeman Agency, Washington Electric Co-Op, Peoples Bank, Settlers Bank, Advantage Bank, FlexMag, Marshall Real Estate Inc., Hyde Brothers Printing, Richardson Printing, Marty's Print Shop, Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Food-For-Less, Giant Eagle, Lakeside Golf Course, Marietta Country Club Pro Shop, Arrowhead Pines Golf Course, Pioneer Family Golf Course, Oxbow Golf Course, Bigley, Christy & Price Auctions, Boys & Girls Club (meeting rooms), Uncle Dan's Ice Cream, Marietta Masonic Bodies, Michael and Claire Mullen, WMOA, Duke Energy, Stokes Seed Company, Contractors Builders Supplies, Green Valley Co-Op, Apex True Value, Warren's IGA, Nancy Hall, Marietta River Roar, staff of the City of Marietta Police, Fire, Street and Water Departments, Hartline Farms, Sport-A-Rama, Franklin Fire Equipment, Rumpke Waste Management and the donors for Friday night's entertainment: Solvay Specialty Polymers, Eramet, Over the Moon Pizzaria and Friends of the Armory.
Volunteers for the event included: RSVP volunteers, the MMS Builders Club, the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, the American Legion Post 64, the Waterford High School FFA Club, scholarship recipients and the families and friends of the Sweet Corn Festival Committee, a total of 84 total volunteers.
Over 4,500 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 the major financial impact of the event and assures that three scholarships to Washington County seniors of the Class of 2013 entering agricultural programs or related fields in college will be available.
The Sweet Corn Festival offered musical entertainment for adults on Friday and Saturday. 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, tractor pedal pull, 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 new location of Muskingum Park proved to be a success, offering more space, shade and grass under foot. The Sweet Corn Festival Committee has offered to work with and provide support to our city officials and the I.B.E.W to have a permanent electrical service installed in the park, making Muskingum Park a valuable community asset throughout the year. We hope you'll attend the festival next July 19 and 20.
Mark Doebrich, vice chair
Marietta Sweet Corn Committee