Thursday, August 6, 2015

Second Annual Fulton Farms Sweet Corn Festival Set for Aug. 22-23

Entertainment, Children's Area, Music and Much More Made Free Thanks to Troy Carstar

TROY - Roasted sweet corn dipped in hot butter, free inflatable jumpys and games for children, corn-on-the-cob eating contests and corn shucking contests, live music, food trucks and booths, hayrides, exotic animals from Idle-Hour Ranch, historic encampments and demonstrations and hand-made crafts will all highlight the 2nd Annual Fulton Farms Sweet Corn Festival.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Fulton Farms Farmer's Market at 2393 St. Rt. 202 in between Troy and Tipp City.

Hosted by Fulton Farms and My Miami, the festival is sponsored Troy Carstar, which means all children's activities, including three inflatable jumpys, corn-themed contests (with prizes) and games and animals from Idle-Hour Ranch, as well as two full days of live music and other entertainment, are all free.

"When Joyce (Fulton) and our families started talking about putting this festival together, we all agreed it should be an affordable, family friendly festival," said Matt Bayman, owner of My Miami "Tom Martin at Troy Carstar is an outstanding man who cares about the community and gives back in so many ways. Because of his sponsorship (of the festival), families can play for free and save their money for some great food or crafts from local vendors."

As with the first year of the festival, Fulton Farms will be roasting fresh sweet corn (so fresh that it is picked the morning of each day of the festival), as well as serving sliced watermelon and other produce from the farm.

In addition to the roasted corn, other food vendors include the Tin Roof Mobile Food Truck, which will be serving its award-winning ribeye sandwiches and cheeseburgers made from locally raised beef (among other menu items); Mulligan's Pub out of Piqua will be on-hand Sunday serving pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and fresh sides; the 25A Cafe will be serving breakfast both days; Susie's Big Dipper will be serving ice-cream and hot sandwiches; Coldstone Creamery will keep visitors cool with a variety of frozen treats; and other vendors will have everything from smoked ribs and funnel cakes to kettle corn, flavored popcorn and natural fruit smoothies. Guests can dine under a tent or enjoy their meals at a number of picnic tables located throughout the festival grounds.

"There will be plenty of shade this year; that's one thing we learned and acted upon for this second year," Bayman said. "Along with the food tent, a huge music tent can seat more than 100 people at a time."

This year's musical entertainment will feature everything from bluegrass and country to classic rock and folk music. The lineup features the Corndrinkers (with a clogger), Blind Karma, Scott Oglesbee, Rip Rap Road, Larry Lyons and more.

"Blind Karma will perform from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday. They're a three-piece rock band that plays popular songs from The Beatles, Dwight Yoakum, KC & The Sunshine Band, Santana... just a wide variety of popular songs that should appeal to all ages," Bayman said.

Craft vendors at the festival, which will largely be located in front of the farm market, are required to either make, grow or bake their own items, or have a corn-theme to their booth.

Visitors can find locally produced herbs and spices from McGuffey Herb & Spice Co.; burlap wreaths; locally made primitive furniture and home decor; jewelry, ceramics, olive oil, essential oils, herb plants from the Miami County Herb Society, blacksmith artwork, soy candles and even vintage Halloween and fall items and antiques, just to name a few.

The Family Area will be filled with activities for children and adults, including three giant inflatables from Prime Time Party Rental; animals from Fulton Farms and the Idle-Hour Ranch, an historic encampment presented by the People of the Ohio Country and a playground with bales of hay for children to play on.

The Family Area will also play host to a winner-takes-all cornhole tournament at 2 p.m. on Saturday; as well as several corn-on-the-cob eating contests for adults and corn shucking contests for children - both with grand prizes for the winners. Rounding out the Family Area will be face painting, hayrides and games.

Those interested in entering the Corn Hole Tournament should email their team name and contact information to The entry fee is $10 per team with the winner taking all. Only 10 teams of two will be accepted.

For a complete schedule of events, visit!fulton-farms-sweet-corn-festival/c14nm.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 22

10 a.m. - Festival Opens
- Family Area, Inflatables, Games, Hayrides, Craft Vendors and Food Booths Open

11 a.m. - Scott Oglsebee peforms in the Entertainment Tent

Noon & 4 p.m. - Corn-on-the-Cob Eating Contest for Adults & Corn Shucking Contest for Kids in Family Area

1 p.m. - Megan Osmond performs in the Entertainment Tent

2 p.m. - Cornhole Tournament ($10 entry fee, winner-takes-all) in the Family Area

3 p.m. The Corndrinkers perform (with Clogger) in the Entertainment Tent

5 p.m. - Steve "Crash" Worley in the Entertainment Tent

6-8 p.m. - Blind Karma in the Entertainment Tent

Sunday, August 23

10 a.m. - Fulton Farms Market Opens + Craft Vendors

Noon - Family Area Opens with Inflatables, Games, Hayrides, Food Booths

Noon - Larry Lyons performs in the Entertainment Tent

1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Corn-on-the-Cob Eating Contest for Adults and Corn Shucking Contest for Kids in Family Area

2 p.m. Rip Rap Road performs in the Entertainment Tent

5 p.m. Festival Closes

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