The eleventh annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival was once again a success, bringing in thousands of folks from across the valley. While the corn – sweet, delicious corn – was the main attraction, there were plenty of other activities for the whole family. The festival featured a carousel, face painting, inflatables, and a petting zoo, to name a few. Live local music, craft vendors, and a car show were also part of the festivities. Not to mention the annual corn eating contest and of course, a cornhole tournament. All in all, over 8,300 ears of corn were sold, topping 2017’s festival by 900 ears!

What the Witten Farm started decades ago has since become a summer tradition that many look forward to for months each year. Here are a few snapshots from this year’s festival, by Angela O’Curran:

Fresh ear of corn, hot and dipped in butter. So delicious!

Thousands of ears donated so that the proceeds can benefit scholarships awarded to local graduating students.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream, featuring a sweet corn flavor!

I got a behind the scenes look at the process from the owners of Country Roads Kettle Corn.

Popcorn ready to be bagged and devoured

Feeding the goats

A hungry little calf

Up close and personal

For $20, you could harvest your own pearl. How beautiful are these?

Lime Green Beauty

Bond, James Bond.