The Apple Butter Festival in Enon is this weekend, Oct. 13 and 14. The festival is celebrating 40 years.
Apples have always been a part of Enon, even before there was an Enon with cheerful red apples painted on the streets.
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Each day of the festival, six huge copper kettles full of apple butter will cook over wood fires. The first kettle will be started while it is still dark and all day members of the community will take their turn stirring the apple butter with large wooden paddles.
Once the apple butter is of the desired thickness the apple butter will be taken to a tent where the local delicacy will be canned in glass mason jars and sold to the public.
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The festival that grew up around this tradition attracts thousands of visitors to the village every October. For many, searching the nearly 100 craft tents is their first shopping for Christmas gifts.
The food booths have a tasty variety of old favorite recipes like bean soup and corn bread, chicken and noodles, homemade pies, funnel cakes, corn on the cob, grilled pork chops or fresh handmade apple fritters. There are also a lot of yummy modern food choices too. Since there are too many to sample in just one day, I guess that is why there are two days of the Apple Butter Festival.
“This is the perfect opportunity for the community to support the local Greenon schools,” said Apple Butter Festival chairperson Jessi Devore.
Opening ceremonies, she explained, will feature the Greenon band and choir. Many different school groups like cheerleaders, athletic boosters, band, choir etc will have fundraisers including food booths.
The Mike Berry Research Library and Enon 1840 Log House next to the mound will be open during the festival.
A 5K race sprints through town on Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m. It seems so appropriate that the route takes the runners around the mound, which started all this.
Do stop by the kettles in front of Enon Elementary and ask if they need help. You might get a chance to stir a bit and become a part of the story.
>> Read more on the history of the Enon Apple Butter Festival from our partners at the Springfield News-Sun