September 2013 Issue
Celebrate the red, ripe fruit at these family-friendly events.
Sept. 6–8: Shelby County Applefest
Kids compete in a pie-eating contest while adults check out the farmers market and woodcarvers’ show.
Downtown Sidney 45365, 937/492-9122, shelbyapplefest.com
Sept. 13–15: Mapleside Farm’s Johnny Appleseed Festival
Don’t miss out on the farm’s signature Apple Butter Barbeque Ribs during this 40th annual weekend-long celebration.
294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick 44212, 330/225-5577, mapleside.com
Sept. 17–21: Jackson County Apple Festival
Participate in the apple-peeling contest and prove you have what it takes to win the cash prize.
Downtown Jackson 45640, 740/288-6714, jacksonapplefestival.com
Sept. 20–22: Elyria Apple Festival
Watch the apple pie judging on Saturday and enjoy apple treats all weekend long.
Downtown Elyria 44035, elyriaapplefestival.com
Sept. 21 & Oct. 5: Bauman Orchards Fall Festival
Take a wagon ride into the orchard to pick your own apples, listen to live music and navigate your way through the hay maze. 161 Rittman Ave., Rittman 44270, 330/925-6861, baumanorchards.com
Sept. 21–22: Hirsch Fruit Farm Apple Harvest Open House
Tour the orchard, watch apple butter making, pick your own apples and make your own scarecrow.
12846 St. Rte. 772, Chillicothe 45601, 740/775-7055, hirschfruitfarm.com
Sept. 21–22: Lisbon Johnny Appleseed Festival
Lace up your shoes for a 5K run and then watch the parade featuring Little Mr. Applebud and Little Miss Appleblossom.
Downtown Lisbon 44432, 330/424-1803, lisbonareachamber.com
Sept. 27–29: New Paris Applefest
Enjoy a parade, tractor and car shows, plus a baked goods auction on Saturday and an apple pancake breakfast on Sunday.
Downtown New Paris 45347, 937/437-4247, newparisapplefest.com
Sept. 28: Lawrence Orchards Applefest
Listen to some great oldies tunes while you dip your own caramel apple and sample apple pie.
2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion 43302, 740/389-3019, lawrenceorchards.com
Sept. 28: Lebanon’s Annual Country Applefest
Crafts, food and entertainment draw crowds to this event, which has been held for more than 30 years.
Downtown Lebanon 45036, 513/320-2775, countryapplefest.com
Sept. 28–29: Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm Apple Fest
After sampling the food and sipping cider, kids can hang out with Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the grounds.
9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton 45414, 937/890-7360, aullwood.center.audubon.org
Oct. 5–6: MacQueen Orchards Apple Stir & Crafts Festival
Pick your own apples and taste apple delights such as fritters and dumplings, and listen to live music, including a polka band. 7605 Garden Rd., Holland 43528, 419/865-2916, macqueenorchards.com
Oct. 12–13: Century Village Museum’s Apple Butter Festival
The festival is celebrating 65 years of kettle-cooked apple butter, which is stirred for four to five hours while visitors enjoy music, quilt exhibits, historic building tours and a variety of foods. 14653 East Park St., Burton 44021, 440/834-1492, centuryvillagemuseum.org
Oct. 13: Grand Rapids Annual Applebutter Fest
Watch apple butter being made and see craft displays, pioneer demonstrations, historical re-enactments and cannon demonstrations along the Maumee River.
Downtown Grand Rapids 43522, applebutterfest.org
Oct. 26: Lawrence Orchards Apple Butter and Horseradish Day
Enjoying the tastes and smells of apple butter cooking in a copper kettle. The farm also grinds its horseradish crop on the same day. 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion 43302, 740/389-3019, lawrenceorchards.com