The Indiana State Fair gets under way today in Indianapolis and continues through Aug. 18. Attractions include the midway, food, exhibits, entertainment and more. Each year the fair spotlights a segment of Indiana agriculture, and this is the Year of Popcorn. The Hoosier State is the second largest producer of popcorn in the country. The tasty kernels are also good for you. Air-popped popcorn has about 31 calories per cup, while the oil popped variety contains 55 calories per similar size serving. Light butter ups the calorie ante to 133 calories per cup. It’s sugar-free and has no artificial additives or preservatives. Popcorn provides complex carbohydrates, which the body turns into energy, and contains fiber. Additionally three cups of popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.