I was working for the state government when the Indiana Department of Homeland Security was the butt of a few media jokes. They had submitted a list of 200 state resources that could be possible terrorism targets, to U.S. Homeland Security, including Weaver Popcorn of Van Buren, Indiana. Meanwhile, New York City didn’t even list the Statue of Liberty. The jokes and laughs were because of all the important things we could have picked, a popcorn company made our list, when New York City — which was a target of outrage at their lackadaisical attitude — couldn’t even be bothered to put one of our national symbols on a list.
So, this means the 38th Annual Van Buren Popcorn Festival is one of the most important festivals in the state of Indiana, at least from a national security standpoint. There’s free entertainment all weekend, children’s events, a parade, and food galore.
I love the fact that on Saturday morning, there is a Firemen’s pancake and sausage breakfast at 6 am, and free cholesterol screening at 7 am. Then, if you’re worried about your cholesterol level, there’s a 5K fun run (an oxymoron if I ever heard one). There are tractor pulls, big wheel rides, and parades with for antique tractors, for babies, and for pets.
Music each night includes bluegrass on Thursday, country music and karaoke on Friday, the T.R.S.S. Drum Corps and dance performances on Saturday
Entrance to the festival is free, but you can register to participate in any of the activities on the Popcorn Festival website.