The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
|The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival is a combination of outdoor family fun and entertainment. We have plenty of activities for everyone, young and old.
You can purchase a variety of items from our concessionaires, and then walk it off while you spend part of your day browsing and shopping. We have one of the best Arts & Crafts exhibits in the state.
We have a great amusement area for all ages to enjoy! Let's not forget Our Live Entertainment!
Take home a Festival T-shirt from our Souvenir Shack. Many other items are available.
For those with disabilities
there is a handicapped tent with facilities and assistance for getting to and from the area. Emergency Medical Services are nearby.
We're Sorry: We do not allow tents, tarps, or screen rooms (nothing larger than an umbrella). No coolers, Frisbees, flyers or pets are permitted on festival grounds. Wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen, and bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and enjoy the music, food and festivities. No video recording of the entertainment is allowed.
History of The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
|*The Northwest Orange County Improvement Association was chartered by concerned progressive residents
seeking area improvements and a voice in the community affairs.
We needed funds to get this work done. We tried having spaghetti suppers, catfish dinners and turkey shoots and raised a little money, but not enough. That is when we decided to have a corn boil.
We appointed some of the ladies to start meeting. They needed to find what we could serve at a sweet corn boil
dinner, where to have it, how to have it, what we could serve to drink, and what to do for desserts.
In 1968 we had our very first corn boil. We served Kentucky Fried Chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw
and corn on the cob. Our ladies prepared the meal and Zellwood Farms donated the corn. The first year we served
600 people for the one day event.
In 1973 we decided to change the name to the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival and make it a two day event
because Festivals had become quite popular around the country. Billy Osborn was the first chairman and Bill Kelly
the first Co-chairman. They needed a place to host the event. Zellwood station was just setting up and needed a
little publicity, so they invited us to have our first Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival at Zellwood Station.
We had 12,800 people join us at that first festival. We cooked the corn in Black pots with gas flames underneath
them. We found just about every black pot in the state of Florida and still fell behind cooking. People were waiting
in line to get the corn, so we knew we had to do something about that. We needed to cook the corn much faster to
keep our guests happy...
N.O.C.I.A. has been proud to host The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival for 35 great years! We'd like to thank all of our volunteers and all the folks that come to our 2 day event which makes us so popular.
|*Exerts taken from History, prepared by B.J. Osborne