Apple butter can be used on toast, stirred into oatmeal, or mixed into waffles but for the last 48 years, Groveport Ohio has taken it up a notch with a dedicated day. Every second Saturday of October, the streets of downtown are flooded with people, food, and fun celebrating the past of Groveport.
The Heritage Society put on the festival the second weekend of October for families and members of the nearby community to learn about the deep history of downtown. Participants were able to compete in cane pole fishing competitions, listen to local blue grass performers, and see a Johnny Appleseed portrayer.
Throughout the festival there are vendors sprinkled through out with toys, food, and home-made goods. Locally owned businesses had the chance to show off their skills to other festival goers. Goods include things like wood workings, painters, and metal.
Along with these vendors, the Heritage Society makes a quilt that represents Groveport to be raffled off and proceeds going to preserve Heritage Park. Along with raffle ticket sales, Apple Butter is sold by the jar to continue to preserve the Log Cabin and continue hosting the festival.
The back half of the venue is used for pony rides, crafts, games, and antique tractors for the younger festival goers all free of charge. This year there were stations of games used in the 19th century. Wagons, playing house/school, and potato sack races were just some of the few options.
For the older participants, there are civil war reenactments, prize raffles, and live music. There will also be a petting zoo for all to participate in.