The 64th Annual Apple Butter Festival comes to Century Village Museum October 13 and 14. This year, for the first time, fans of this Geauga County tradition will be able to compete for the titles of festival King and Queen.
Participants in the king and queen contest will earn points by competing in traditional harvest-festival activities, including archery and apple toss as well as contests for apple-pie baking, homemade (non-alcoholic) cider making and apple-pie eating. Points will be awarded for participation and achievement.
The man and woman (or boy and girl) who earn the most points will be crowned on Saturday evening and will be given free admission to the festival on Sunday. During their reign, the Apple Butter King and Queen will be featured on the Century Village Museum float in the 2013 Maple Festival in Chardon and receive free admission to the 2013 Apple Butter Festival.
The contest is free and open to everyone – of every age – who attends the festival on Saturday. Participants should register their intent to enter the pie-baking and cider making contest by Friday, October 12, by calling 834-1492.
The 2012 Apple Butter Festival is sponsored in part by Geauga Bow. Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 children 6-12. Festival organizers are still looking for volunteer stirrers. Anyone interested in helping should contact the Geauga County Historical Society office at 440-834-1492.