2011-10-06 / Local & State

Music And Games Top Apple Butter Festival

The 38th annual Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs, W.Va., on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2011.

A nostalgic hometown parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. followed by two days worth of family- friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Even after 38 years, the undisputed star of the festival remains the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square.

With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.

A parade will be held Saturday, October 8, at 9 a.m. and the festival begins at 10:30 a.m. Other Saturday activities include a turtle race at 11 a.m.; Dave Moore and His Hillbilly Huxters at 11:30 a.m.; Critton Hollow string band from at 2:00 p.m.; beard and mustache contest at 2:50 p.m. and rubber duck race at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday activities include arts @ the ice house from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and guided tours at the museum in Berkeley Springs at 2:00 p.m.; Tori Anderson and Possum Holler beginning at 1:00 p.m.; egg toss at 1:15 p.m.; hog calling contest at 2:15 p.m.; and apple butter quilt drawing at 4:15 p.m. The festival closes at 5 p.m.

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