Indiana Town Wants Orville Redenbacher Statue

City officials in Valparaiso, Ind., want a statue of famous popcorn maker Orville Redenbacher

By Rosie Powers
|  Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011  |  Updated 1:31 PM CDT
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A small city in northern Indiana has "popping" strong ties with a famous company - and they're not afraid to hide it.

City officials in Valparaiso, Ind., have expressed interest in building a statue of famous popcorn maker Orville Redenbacher, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The city wants to put the statue on a bench in a city park, so visitors can pose with it. Redenbacher, who died in 1995 at the age of 88, first developed his famous popcorn recipe in the city decades ago.

Officials are working alongside ConAgra Foods to get permission to use Redenbacher's likeness, since the food company owns the advertising rights to the Orville Redenbacher company.

Officials hope the statue will be in place by September.

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