Below is a list of some popular festivals that feature demonstrations, supplies and education about apples and making apple butter. A great fall time activity that’s sure to be fun for the whole family.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AREA National Apple Harvest Festival October 6 & 7 – 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. October 13 & 14 – 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. Activities: Chainsaw Carving, Pie Eating Contest, Apple Bobbing, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Apple Art Information: www.appleharvest.com Admission: Adults: $9.00 Children under 12: Free Seniors 65 and over: $8.00
ILLINOIS Murphysboro Apple Festival September 12 to 15 – Events taking place from 7 A.M. until 10 P.M. Activities: Apple Cider Chugging, Apple Butter Contest, Pet and Hobby Parade, Dog Show, Apple Pancake Breakfast Information: www.murphysboro.com Admission: Free
INDIANA Nappanee Apple Festival September 13 – 16 Events taking place from 5 P.M Thursday until 5 P.M. Sunday Activities: Apple Peeling Contest, Tractor Pull, Parades, Games, Rides Information: www.nappaneeapplefestival.org Admission: Free
MARYLAND Cecil County Farm Museum Apple Festival October 20 – 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Activities: Food Booths, Live Music, Antique Farm Equipment Demonstrations, Antique Autos Information: www.ccfarmmuseum.org/Apple_Butter Admission: Free
MICHIGAN Apple Butter Festival Fenner Nature Center October 13 and 14 – 11A.M. to 5 P.M. Activities: Live Music, Food Booths, Heritage Arts Information: www.mynaturecenter.org/applebutterfestival Admission: Free
MISSOURI Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival October 27 -28 – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Activities: Hundreds of booths filled with crafts, food and apples, Train Rides, Pumpkin Carving, Children’s Games Information: www.visitkimmswick.com Admission: Free
OHIO Apple Butter Fest October 14 – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Activities: Historical Reenactments, Pioneer Demonstrations, Crafts, Music, Community Apple Peeling Information: www.applebutterfest.org Admission: Free
PENNSYLVANIA 39th Annual Apple Butter Frolic, Mennonite Heritage Center October 6 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Activities: Horse and Wagon Rides, Sheep Herding, Baking Contest, Folk Craft Demonstrations, Apple Food Tent Information: www.mhep.org Admission: Adults – $8.00 Children (6-12) – $2.00 Apple Pancake Breakfast (7:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.) – $6.00
VIRGINIA Drumheller’s Orchard, Lovingston, VA Apple Harvest and Festival September 29 and 30 – 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Activities: Arts and Crafts, Pumpkin Carving, Corn Maze, Face Painting, Live Music Information: www.drumhellersorchard.com Admission: Free Silver Creek and Seaman’s Orchards Apple Butter Making Festival Tyro, VA October 6 – 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. October 20 – 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Activities: Dunking for Apples, Crafts, Rides, Music, Clowns Information: www.silvercreekseamansorchards.com Admission: Free
WEST VIRGINIA Apple Butter Festival October 6 – 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. October 7 – Noon to 5 P.M. Activities: Parades, Beard and Moustache Contest, Food Booths, Live Music, Turtle Races, Egg Toss Information: http://www.berkeleysprings.com/apple/schedule.htm Admission: Free
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