TROY — A local business is continuing a festival that celebrates one of its best-known products.
Fulton Farm this weekend will offer its fourth annual Sweet Corn Festival. The event will be offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fulton Farm Market, 2393 State Route 202, between Troy and Tipp City.
Kelsey Fulton, market manager and event coordinator, said while this is the fourth year for the free event, it is the first year it will be hosted by the farm.
“We decided to host the Sweet Corn Festival this year because we wanted to carry on the tradition of giving back to the community with this free event,” Kelsey Fulton said. “This weekend is a chance for us to bring together our neighbors, family, and friends, and enjoy the farm while also supporting our local craft and food vendors.”
Kelsey Fulton said the event will be taking place behind the farm market in the barnyard alongside the farm animals. She said there will be free Jumpy’s and games in the kids’ zone.
At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, a corn-shucking contest will be offered and there are four competing brackets — ages 4-7, ages 8-12, ages 13-17, and also an adult bracket ages 18 and up. Prizes will be awarded for each category, some donated by festival vendors and sponsors.
The market will be roasting sweet corn, Kelsey Fulton said, and the café is debuting several new seasonal menu items made with Fulton’s fresh ingredients.
“Don’t forget to try one of our famous roasted ears of sweet corn,” said Joe Fulton, also a a market manager and festival coordinator.
There also will be several u-pick options over the weekend from tomatoes and peppers to sunflowers. Hayrides to the sunflower patch will be $2 with a cost of $1 per sunflower.
According to Kelsey Fulton, there will also be more than 40 craft vendors, 12 food vendors and a historical demonstration on traditional Native American dyeing methods. Live performances will begin with Jay Cullis at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by Locking Up Otis at 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s festivities close with a performance by ReFlektion, which begins at 3 p.m., she said.
Food vendors this year include everything from Mo’s Barbeque, to Nida Thai Cuisine, to Louisiana Rajun Cajun Grill. Kelsey Fulton said this year they also are holding a contest to determine the festival favorite food and beverage. Festival goers will receive two tickets as they enter the market. A red one for their food vote, and a white one for their beverage vote. To vote for their favorite food and beverage they place their voting ticket in the food vendor’s ticket box.
“There is such a great variety of food vendors this year!” Kelsey Fulton said. “Winners will receive a prize and bragging rights for the year,” Kelsey Fulton said.
Joe Fulton said he’s also excited for the weekend full of family-friendly events to begin.
“Come out and have some fun with us and enjoy a beautiful weekend on the farm!” Joe Fulton said. “We have a wide variety of food, local shopping, and farm activities so there’s something for everyone in the family.
Event sponsors bringing the free event to the community include the Troy Daily News, S&K Mold and Tools, Heath Murray State Farm Insurance and others.
For more on the event, visit Fulton Farm’s Facebook event page or Instagram.
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