Berkeley Springs, WV, is unique in its annual tradition of hosting an Apple Butter
Festival every October. For forty-eight years and counting, the town has held the festival on Columbus Day Weekend, sharing all of the town’s treasures with locals and visitors.
Why host the Apple Butter Festival on the weekend of Columbus Day? The holiday was established to celebrate the day Christopher Columbus found America. From there, in a nutshell, America grew into the civilization it is today: full of diverse communities consisting of individuals who all have special talents and gifts to share with the world. The Apple Butter Festival is the perfect event to showcase these joys.
Something admirable about the festival is the intricate designs, crafts, arts, and other homemade and handcrafted items that are displayed by the local artists and craftsmen. One thing that shows off the talent of the locals are the quilts crafted by members of Berkeley Springs. The winning quilt will be showcased for everyone to see. The festival has a wide range of clothing, blankets, decorations, art, and food on display and for sale!
In addition to the many eye-catching trinkets, games, and contests are held. Have a beard you are proud of? Enter the beard-growing contest to show it off. Is there a recipe with the tastiest apples that you want to share? Bring it to enter into the apple cooking contest. Do the kids want to become their favorite animal? Take them over to get their face painted. Have you
ever churned apple butter? Roll up your sleeves and join the fun at the town square.
Of course, in addition to all of the many attractions of The Apple Butter Festival, the
event would not be complete without its unique parade. Local businesses, groups, and individuals of the community spend months preparing a gorgeous float to ride through town square.
These floats are made by members of the community with love and an eye for design. Not only do the creators take pride in their work, but the entire community feels a sense of admiration when watching their fellow neighbors and colleagues float by. None of this would be possible without the wonderful sponsors of the event. Local businesses have always supported the annual festival and have made it possible for the community to continue to share its fantastic qualities with the rest of the world.
When you travel through the town square on Columbus Day weekend, the rhythm of the entertaining bands will fill your ears. The aroma of delicious baked goods from the various food trucks and the apple cooking contest will fill your nose. With the wide variety of handcrafted items, you will wish you brought a bigger shopping bag.
The Apple Butter Festival is one of the greatest events in Berkeley Springs. There is just something about the community coming together to share things closest to their hearts that brings happiness to your heart and reminds you of home.
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