TROY - On August 23-24, Fulton Farms will pay homage to its second most popular crop - sweet corn - during the first-ever Fulton Farms Sweet Corn Festival in Troy.
Activities and entertainment at the festival will revolve around corn, including a corn roast, corn-on-the-cob eating and corn shucking contests, a cornhole tournament and even live music by the Corn Drinkers, among other attractions.
Guests will also be able to experience a vending area made up entirely of local craftspeople, growers and locally owned businesses. More than 30 vendors will offer everything from organic mushrooms and organic produce to handmade furniture, natural soaps and lotions and a variety of artwork, among other items. Many vendors will be demonstrating their craft, including a blacksmith, the Miami County Herb Society and the Olive Oasis.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fulton Farms Market, located at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City. Admission is free.
Along with a corn roast and fresh watermelon provided from Fulton Farms, several Miami County restaurants will be on-site to serve additional menu items, including The Tin Roof, Don LeDoux’s Cajun Specialties and Susie’s Big Dipper. Local vendors will also have homemade ice cream, cupcakes, baked goods and organic smoothies, and the Fulton Farms Cafe will have shakes, ice cream and other sweet treats.
While feasting on roasted corn dipped in butter, pulled pork sandwiches and Jambalaya - just to name a few food items - guests can enjoy live music by Rum River Blend, Sugargrove, the Corndrinkers, Scott Oglesbee and the Kittybarn Collective - offering everything from bluegrass and country music to popular piano tunes and classic rock hits. WPTW will host a remote broadcast both days and will entertain guests with additional music between bands. The stage will be located behind the farm market, as will a Family Area.
The Family Area will have a variety of free activities for all ages to enjoy, including a straw maze and straw slide, farm animals, a haystack hunt, face painting and wagon rides around the farm. Additionally, those interested in learning more about Fulton’s organic farming can take a tour of Milan’s Happy Box operation and also pick their own fresh organic produce from fields located directly behind the market. Organic farm tours
will be offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday on a first-come-first-served basis.
Guests can also learn about the history of local farming through exhibits and talks presented by the Troy Historical Society and Museum of Troy History. This includes a presentation of the Miami County Barn Survey by Brenda Copeland at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, living history demonstrations and stand-alone exhibits located throughout the festival grounds.
The festival is currently accepting teams for its cornhole tournament and participants for its corn recipe baking contest. A total of 15 cornhole teams will be accepted, with all games played on Saturday at the festival. The registration fee is $10, which is due prior to the tournament on August 23, but teams must register their name by August 15 at the latest by e-mailing their contact information and team name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in participating in the corn recipe baking contest should call (937) 524-4276. There is no fee for entering the recipe contest and the winner will receive $100.
For a complete schedule of events and additional information on the festival, visit www.MyMiamiCounty.com. My Miami County and Troy Carstar are sponsoring of the event - making most activities at the festival free of charge.