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7th ANNUAL VALPARAISO 1985 POPCORN FEST
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The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival was founded in 1979 as a way of honoring Indiana native Orville Redenbacher, who began his business career selling popcorn out of a truck during high school, and later went on to found his successful company in 1970. Redenbacher was a resident of Valparaiso and participated in the festival until his death in 1995. In 2012 the town unveiled a statue of Redenbacher in their central park. The festival takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day, and includes a Popcorn Parade, a 5k fun run, and the children's "Lil' Kernel Puff Race".

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Thomas, Robert Jr. (1995, September 20). "Orville Redenbacher, Famous For His Popcorn, Is Dead at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/20/obituaries/orville-redenbacher-famous....

"Statue honors popcorn king Redenbacher". (2012, September 5). Terre Haute Tribune Star. Associated Press. Retrieved from http://tribstar.com/local/x620793977/Statue-honors-popcorn-king-Redenbacher.

"Valparaiso Popcorn Festival". Valparaisoevents.com. Retrieved from https://www.valparaisoevents.com/event/valparaiso-popcorn-festival.

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