There's nothing much more Hoosier than popcorn. The folks who organize the Indiana State Fair must agree. It has officially been named as the themed commodity of the year for the 2013 fair. It follows the year of the dairy cow.
Indiana is one of the top-ranked states for popcorn production in the country, although many fields and the people who grow them took it on the chin this year. Dry weather and stress hammered popcorn yields in areas hit hard by drought and heat.
Andy Klotz, public relations director for the fair, says popcorn will make for a fun commodity to help develop fun activities for fair-goers. Whether you will see it growing around the fairgrounds as corn did during the year of corn, or soybeans did during the year of soybeans, has yet to be announced. It's a good bet you'll see stalks of popcorn scattered here, there and everywhere on the fairgrounds.
There's plenty of popcorn to buy and eat at every fair. Some is just plain popped popcorn with butter and salt. Or you can get it as Cracker Jack with caramel flavoring. Several companies today offer popcorn in a variety of flavors.
One of those is the South Bend Chocolate Company, South Bend, who displayed a form of popcorn in one of their 'crunch' products in the DuPont food pavilion in 2012. The product was there for sale as part of the promotion of home-grown Indiana goods.
Not-Just-Popcorn, Edinburgh, Ind., also had products for display and sale at the 2012 fair at the Indiana FFA Pavilion in the Country Market, operated as a fund-raiser for the Indiana FFA Foundation. Not-Just-Popcorn is located in Edinburgh, Indiana. Much of the popcorn they turn into exotic flavors and colors is grown in Bartholomew County. The popcorn is popped and covered with a variety of flavors in a small factory store in Edinburgh.