Apple Butter Stirrin′ Festival


Autumn in Roscoe Village is a special time of year. The beautiful scenery in central Ohio’s rolling hills, the crisp mornings and warm afternoons, and the smoky-sweet scent of homemade apple butter simmering over a wood fire combine to make the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival in Historic Roscoe Village the perfect fall event. Now in its 47th year, the Apple Butter Stirrin’ has attracted crowds of all ages to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.

The three days of Apple Butter Stirrin’ officially begin on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Crafters’ and artisans’ booths line the street with an array of unique handmade items including jewelry, home and garden items, paintings, pottery, and other creative discoveries. Of course, no stroll through the festival would be complete without sampling the delicious assortment of foods, which include home-made vegetable soup, apple butter burgers, steak sandwiches, sweet potato fries, cinnamon-roasted nuts, and kettle corn.

As part of their festival admission, guests can go on The People…Our Stories tour to hear the fascinating stories of the costumed historical interpreters. Educational activities offered during the festival are the outdoor living demonstrations, wood working, spoon making, throwing pottery and flintknapping. A nearby canal boat offers a taste of life on the canal with its horse-drawn rides.  On Friday and Saturday evening the eerie candlelight tour, Spirit of Roscoe, will be offered at 7:00pm at a cost of $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for students. On this tour, guests can walk through the historic village while listening to tales of the spirited folk who once resided in this quaint canal town. Reservations are recommended for the candlelight tour.

Throughout the weekend, younger visitors can enjoy the kids’ activity area complete with tin punching, various crafts, and photo opportunities. The weekend’s events are accented by musical entertainment with performances by traditional dulcimer players, bluegrass bands, gospel singers, and country music artists.

The dates of the 47th Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival are October 21 – 23, 2016. The festival runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.  Crafters and artisans interested in booth space at the festival may print an application from our Web site at or contact us at 740-622-7644 ext. 20 or 800-877-1830.