Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler
As we wind down summer,
look ahead to one of Ohio’s favorite Fall fests
Autumn in Roscoe Village is a special time of year. The beautiful scenery of central Ohio’s rolling hills, the crisp mornings that transform into warm afternoons, and the smoky-sweet aroma of homemade apple butter bubbling over an open fire combine to make the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival in Historic Roscoe Village the perfect Fall event. Now in its 48th year, the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival has attracted crowds of all ages to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.
The three days of the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival officially begin on Friday, October 20th, at 10:00 a.m. Crafters’ 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 unique foods offered by the food vendors, which include home-made soup, apple butter burgers, steak sandwiches, sweet potato fries, cinnamon-roasted nuts, and kettle corn. The unique Shops of Roscoe Village will be open and welcome festival guests as well. Those of you who wish to dine later in the evening, be sure to venture into the Village and experience the Warehouse Steak n’ Stein and Uncorked Restaurants.
The dates of the 48th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival are October 20th, 21st and 22nd. The festival runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday. The price of admission is $5.00 for ages 12 years and older, ages 11 years and younger are FREE. As part of their festival admission, guests will have access to the Living History Buildings in the Village to tour at their leisure. All of the buildings will be fully staffed with costumed interpreters who will relate what life was like in a 19th century port town nestled along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Younger visitors may also enjoy the kids’ activity area, complete with tin punching and other crafts from the period.
The three day schedule of events is accented by a variety of musical entertainment with performances by traditional dulcimer players, bluegrass bands, gospel singers, and other traditional music artists. Relax on the wooden benches at the Main Stage area in the center of the Village as you tap your feet in rhythm to the music or dance on the sidelines.
Don’t forget to include a ride on the always popular Monticello III into your visit! The horse-drawn canal boat, located at the nearby Canal Boat Landing, offers guests a glimpse of life on the canal as well as entertaining stories from the Captain. A trolley will be available for guests at the Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to catch a ride to the Canal Boat Landing.
On Friday and Saturday evening the eerie candlelight tour, Spirit of Roscoe, will be offered at 7:00pm. On this tour, guests will 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. Contact the Visitor Center at 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830 or visit www.roscoevillage.com for further information.