State Park Apple Butter Festival this weekend!
The annual Apple Butter Festival at the Mt. Gilead State Park this weekend is the oldest and bigget event of the year at the park. It is coordinated by the great group of Volunteers in Parks and is a major fund raiser for them. Join in the work and festivities and be sure to take home some apple butter fresh from the kettles.
Beginning early Friday morning, cvrates and crates of apples at Shelter #1 will be peeled and prepared for cooking. Many volunteers are needed to get this job done in good time. Friday evening is Trick of Treat in the campground and children’s costume judging. The Nature Center will be open until 7:00 p.m.
The cooking begins at mednight so that the apple butter can be canned by early afternoon on Saturday. Boy scouts and their families will be doing a lot of stirring, but many other volunteers are also needed to keep all the pots going hour after hour.
Entertainment, crafts, games, displays and activities including a baking contest will take place all day on Saturday. The campsite contest is always a delight to see and adult costumes will be judged in the evening. Pick up a full schedule at the campstore.
Country breakfasts will be served on Saturday and Sunday mornings and the Nature Center will be open.
The Naturalists represented Ohio State Parks at the Oktoberfest in the Natural Resources Area at he fair grounds in Columbus on Saturday and Sunday. Maizie, the corn snake gathered a crowd whe she ate her mice for lunch and the tiny snapping turtle was a big hit. Thank you to volunteers Rachael Crawford, Heath McFarland, and Logan Conrad who kept the Nature Center open during the weekend.
“WEE” Discover preschool continues each Thursday through October and this week’s topic will naturally be apples. Last week the rain discouraged some, but several other families weren’t bothetred by the weather and they learned a lot about birds. This group will have a picnic between sessions on October 25.
Junior Naturalists have a month to complete their fifteen points. Several are very close and may finish up this weekend at the Apple Butter Festival.
Fall is beautiful any time at the park. Come out often to enjoy it.