Apple Butter Day

The main stage at the Apple Butter Day festival, between sets.  A variety of acts, mostly bluegrass, performed.

Ohioans tend to enjoy a good festival.  It seems like pretty much any weekend, except for those during the dead of winter, you can visit some part of the state and take in a festival of some kind or another if you are so inclined.  lists 46 festivals taking place throughout the state in October alone, including several pumpkin festivals and a sauerkraut festival.  Yesterday we attended one of the 4 apple butter festivals they have listed:  Apple Butter Day in Groveport, OH.

We attended this apple butter festival once before about 7 years ago.  It was quite small then:  a handful of tents with some crafts or snacks, and in a picnic shelter there was a giant cauldron wherein one could take a turn stirring a batch of the eponymous apple butter.  Things have grown a lot in 7 years!  Many more food/craft tents plus a variety of other additions.

This wasn’t even the main drag through the festival, and even this little side part was more than they had the last time we attended.

Fresh kettle fried pork rinds, anyone?

These are some fresh kettle fried pork rinds, in case you were wondering. I did not partake!

The lady running the pork rind booth seemed quite sweet, though.

These gentleman selling deep fried potato wedges seemed to have gone commando, setting up shop kind of randomly on a hillside.

I wasn’t too tempted by any of the craft booths, except for one run by a wood turner. That booth had really lovely things, and these hand-turned wooden eggs were quite a deal at $1-$4 a piece. Somehow I resisted, and now I kind of wish I’d picked out an egg. Oh well!

One change: no apple butter making demonstration, no giant cauldron. But you could get apple butter.

In addition to the usual food and craft suspects, there were some interesting additions to Apple Butter Day, including some Civil War re-enactors.

The Civil War encampment was quite small: 3 tents and a handful of costumed re-enactors.

One neat thing the re-enactors did was allow kids to try shooting period guns. Little guy here was nearly knocked down by the kick-back.

A sweet  donkey in the petting zoo.

There were 2 turkeys there. The owner said that this one seemed restless in the pen she had it in, so she let it out to walk around a bit and encouraged us to pet it. Hard to describe how the head felt, very interesting texture.

The Groveport Heritage Society was raffling off the pretty handmade blue and white quilt right behind me. My husband got me 5 entries, but to no avail. Maybe next time!

There were some vintage tractors on display. The owner of this 1934 John Deere tractor and his granddaughter kindly demonstrated for us how you “turned the key” to start up this tractor: you have to hand crank it to start it up using a wheel on the side of the tractor. It was humbling to think how little I know about farming and farming equipment that’s not even 100 years old yet.

My husband was less ignorant about the tractors. He learned to drive on a Chalmers out on his grandfather’s farm that was very like this 1951 beauty we saw on display. Too bad we don’t have more land, because this one was for sale!

All in all, a nice way to spend some time on a beautiful day.


4 thoughts on “Apple Butter Day

  1. Eleenie says:

    It looks as though you had a fun day out, my hubby would love the tractor display too! It’s a shame there is no longer a demonstration for apple butter making, I guess that’s to do with health and safety? I love the blue and white quilt, a lot of work went into that, I hope you have better luck next time with your raffle tickets and manage to win one! 🙂

    • I’m not a huge fan of crowds, so this event was about my speed. You must be right, I didn’t think of it at the time, but there are several reasons that a big cauldron of apple butter over an open fire might be problematic on the health and safety meter! It’ll be worth checking out next year just for the quilt raffle – I haven’t given up yet. 🙂

  2. Kristian says:

    Hey thanks for the mention! The festival you went to looks fun – I’ll have to check it out!


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