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2013 Indiana State Fair: Year of Popcorn

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By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair
http://www.indianastatefair.com/

Light and fluffy, sometimes sweet or salty, popcorn is one of America’s favorite snack foods.  In Indiana, that means big business.  The Hoosier state is the nation’s second largest popcorn producer, which is why popcorn will be the featured product at the 2013 Indiana State Fair.

“People have long known Indiana for being a tremendous corn-producing state, but very few folks know about our popcorn production,” said Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye.  “This is the year we make sure all Hoosiers realize that their main movie-watching snack was likely grown and manufactured right here in Indiana.”

Almost all the popcorn in the world is grown in the United States, and the first popcorn ears are said to be about 4,000 years old.  Indiana has several popcorn companies, some dating back to the early 1900s.  Ironically, the tasty treat didn’t become popular until the Great Depression when it was one of the only “luxuries” people could afford.  The advent of the microwave oven changed everything and eventually rocketed popcorn’s popularity to where it is today.

The 2013 Indiana State Fair will have “fun at every turn,” as the new theme declares, and much of it will be popcorn related.  This is the seventh straight year the fair has highlighted one of Indiana’s agricultural commodities.  Previously, the fair has featured corn, trees, tomatoes, pigs, soybeans and dairy cows.

Mark your calendars now: Next year’s fair will run August 2-18, 2013.

About the Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.  The 2013 fair boasts “Fun at Every Turn” and is celebrating the “Year of Popcorn.” For more information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com.  

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