MARION — The Marion Popcorn Festival’s Poppin’ Pooch Pageant will take place at 2 p.m. July 21 at Yancey Clinic of Veterinary Medicine, located at 1097 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion.
Dogs will compete in four categories: sportswear, Western wear, popcorn wear and a two-minute trick performance. All dogs must be on a leash.
The entry fee is $25 prior to July 11 and includes a souvenir T-shirt for the dog. Entries received after July 11 will be $20.
Information and entry forms may be obtained by calling 740-360-6232 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry forms also are available on the festival’s website at www.popcornfestival.com.
Celebrating its 32nd year, the Marion Popcorn Festival is the largest popcorn festival in the world with an annual attendance estimated in excess of 250,000 during the three-day festival. Other events include a popcorn cooking contest, a fine arts show, crafts, Popcorn 5000 5K run, Popcorn 100 bike tour, a community showcase stage and more.
Main stage entertainment for 2012 includes The Ultimate Journey Xperience, a Journey tribute band on Sept. 6, country sensation Josh Thompson on Sept. 7 and Boyz II Men on Saturday, Sept. 8.
For more information on the full slate of activities or to obtain Kernel seats for the entertainment, visit festival’s website or call 740-387-3378. The Marion Popcorn Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Marion.