Sweet Corn Festival is more than just family friendly fun

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - 7/20/19

The Marietta Sweet Corn festival is a unique opportunity for families around Marietta to celebrate local agriculture and to enjoy some family friendly fun.

But for some, the festival is more than just a chance to get the family out for some fun. The Howard family has been using the Sweet Corn Festival to show the next generation how things used to be.

The Joyce Howard and her family have been coming to the festival every year since it started. This year they brought a display of farm equipment, including a working corn grinder and several tractors.

"Well both him and I were both raised on farms, and we just want to keep things, for the kids, so they know what it was like. How things were raised, and how their bread is made. Right?" Howard said, as she looked down at her granddaughter Nevaeh.

Mrs. Howard also commented on the growing scholarships that were given out.

"That is amazing, that is very amazing. And I’m glad they got to do three, cause in the past they’ve done one or two. So, yup. Very amazing. And the kids that put in for it work really hard for them."


Community members began the annual celebration of local agriculture Friday with the 12th annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival.

The festival features free, family-friendly entertainment including a performance from Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys. On Saturday, there will be a car show from at 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and a sweet corn eating contest at noon.

Children can enjoy face paintings, a merry-go-round, a petting zoo and more.

Sweet corn will be on sale for $1 an ear with all proceeds going toward scholarships for area seniors graduating and planning on pursuing an agriculture-related degree. According to Mark Doebrich, the vice chair of the Marietta Sweet Corn Committee, three local students have been selected to receive the scholarships this year.

“After a record year of 8,345 ears last year, we were able to boost our scholarships from $750 and giving two scholarships, to this year, because of an outstanding festival, we gave three, $1,000 scholarships,” said Doebrich.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Bailey Gentile, who will major in zoology and pre-veterinarian science at Colorado State University, Hunter Welch, who will major in biology at Baldwin Wallace University, and Kristen Winstanley, who will major in agricultural education at The Ohio State University Agricultural Institute.

All of the sweet corn was donated to the festival by Witten Farm Market.