Hueston Woods to host 56th Apple Butter Festival Oct. 2 and 3


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In this scene from the 2019 festival, apple butter is cooked the pioneer way, simmered and stirred in a huge copper kettle.

Learn the secrets of making apple butter the way the pioneers did it at the 56th Annual Apple Butter Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, at Hueston Woods State Park, 6924 Brown Rd.

The festival provides insight into 19th century farm life with live demonstrations of apple butter making and other pioneer crafts. There will also be tours through the Doty homestead and barn which include a wide array of museum artifacts.

It will be have music and entertainment events both days, including a park naturalist and bluegrass band. Guests can also enjoy local food, fall produce and handmade crafts for sale. 

There was an interruption in the festival’s long history last year, as the 2020 event had to be canceled due to COVID-19, and the state banned large group gatherings. However, that ban has now been lifted.

Admission for adults is $4 and for children under 12 the event is free. All event proceeds support the educational and preservation activities by the Oxford Museum Association.