You take that first bite of a fresh, piping hot, sweet corn-on-the-cob dipped in melted butter. Ah! There is nothing better. (Be careful. You have some butter dribbling down your chin.) It is a sure sign that it is summer when you can partake of this homegrown delicacy, one of Ohio's top agricultural crops. Now you can celebrate the summer season and the tasty vegetable when you journey to the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 in Marietta, Ohio.
Marietta Sweet Corn Festival Claiming to be the "home of the sweetest corn in the country," Marietta holds this annual free family-friendly event filled with food, music and fun activities to celebrate the area's rich agricultural history.
Being a corn festival, of course, the spotlight events include three Corn Eating Contests (for ages 8-11, ages 12-15 and ages 16 and up) being held on Saturday afternoon beginning at noon.
Other activities include Corn Hole Games, face painting, inflatables, a coin hunt for kids and appearances by cartoonist J.D. Williamson and the Zoot Suit Magician.
There will also be a display of antique engines, a craft tent, a pedal tractor pull and make sure you don't miss the chance to spend some time with animals from the Pampered Pets Petting Farm.
There will be live musical performances throughout the Festival by The Moonducks. Johnny Straats, Don Muir, The Price Family and High Schools That Rock.
Food and beverages will be plentiful and available for purchase including that fresh, delectable corn.
Hours for the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission and parking are free.
For more information about the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival call 800-288-2577 or get online at www.mariettasweetcorn.com.
The Marietta Sweet Corn Festival will be held at Muskingum Park in downtown Marietta. Marietta is 163 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2 hour, 50 minute drive.