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Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest 2024

A pioneer tradition that has become a massive celebration

Dates: October 13, 2024

Applebutter Fest takes place on the second Sunday of October in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The traditional festival has been held since 1976 and showcases apple products, offers unique entertainment such as re-enactments, traditional crafts, pioneer demonstrations, and music. The festival features jugglers, puppeteers, ventriloquists and costumed storytellers to entertain visitors of various ages.

The festival features three stages of entertainment: one in Howard Park and two of them in town. They present non-stop live music and a cappella singers. Other highlights include antique farm equipment display, vintage car show and parade, quilts and other handmade crafts displays.

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest takes place in the picturesque area, on the banks of the beautiful Maumee River. It is organized by the Historical Society of Grand Rapids that decided to revive the old tradition of making apple butter. In the early days, it was a common way to preserve apple crops for winter. Copper kettles were put out next to the Town Hall, and locals spent hours of boiling and stirring the apples. This tradition has been revived and has grown into a significant event attracting 40,000 ​visitors. The festival runs from 10 a.m. after a signal cannon blast until 5 p.m. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

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Authors: Olha Savych