Tuesday’s Kiwanis program was presented by Lou Ann Jacobs, co-owner of Del’s Popcorn Shop in Taylorville. Del’s was founded in Decatur by John Baldwin in 1934. The original location was 146 N. Main Street. In the 40’s he moved the shop to Merchant Street. In the 60’s Del & Emily Barnett bought the shop and moved it to the present location and changed the name to Del’s. In 1978 Lou Ann purchased the business and bought the building next door to increase their space to 1000 square feet. They are capable of popping 80 pounds of corn per hour. In 1980 she opened Del’s of Springfield selling that store to her sister Shellie in 1984. In 2002 her brother Mike and his wife Trudy open a store in Mt. Zion. In 2009 she sold the Decatur store and planned on retiring. Shellie and her son Logan had other ideas. Lou Ann, Shellie and Logan formed Del’s Popcorn Global and opened a store in Taylorville. Logan, who is a THS grad, really wanted a store in Taylorville. Del’s has done many custom popcorn creations over the years, including a 600 pound popcorn ball. The largest corporate order they have filled was for State Farm of Bloomington, 16,000 gifts.
Kiwanis Peanut Days will be held on September 30th and October 1st.
Next week’s special guest & program will be Kiwanis Lt. Governor Jeannette Early.
“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”
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