There are at least 6 cities or cities in the United States claiming to be "Popcorn Capital of the World". Some of these sites link this claim with glory to the annual festival. It seems that people always like to have a reason to celebrate, and popcorn are all-American, fun, healthy items that surround the party. Let's take a quick look at the world popcorn cities.
Most of the corn in the country is cultivated in Nebraska and Indiana, so it seems natural that the two cities that claimed to be in Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana has a big festival called Popcorn Festival every year in honor of Orville Redenbacher, a former resident who founded a popcorn factory there and participated in the annual parade for many years until his death in 1995. popcorn. Van Buren, Indiana also calls himself Popcorn Capital of the World. The biggest employer is Weaver Popcorn Company, and each August is held the Popcorn Festival.
Only one city in Nebraska had a capital title for popcorn and it seems to no longer celebrate that title. At least I could not find any information about it. The flood in June 2010 caused great damage to the city when the dam was broken. Marion, Ohio, also had a capital title for popcorn, but unfortunately I could not find any history about it.
Another former title holder is Ridgway, Illinois. The popcorn plant is now closed. The first day of popcorn was held in 1958. It is still celebrated as part of the Gallatin County Fair.
Schaller, Iowa was founded in 1879 as a railway station as it moved west. In the mid-1900s, the main industry for the city was popping popcorn. Bango and Jolly Time were the two companies that were there and encouraged residents to take over the title "Popcorn Capital of the World", but in the mid-1980s companies moved to other locations.
Titles and festivals may have changed over the years, but popcorn is still a very popular snack that millions of people enjoy.