COSHOCTON Theres something special about autumn in Roscoe Village. Perhaps its the splendor of the scenery in central Ohios rolling hills, the crisp mornings and warm afternoons, and the smoky-sweet scent of homemade apple butter simmering over an open fire that combine to make the Apple Butter Stirrin Festival in Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton synonymous with fall.
Now in its 42nd year, the Apple Butter Stirrin has attracted crowds of all ages to the restored 1800s canal town to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.
The three days of Apple Butter Stirrin officially begin on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. with the opening of the craft booth-lined street.
The crafters and artisans offer unique handmade items including paintings, pottery, home and garden goods, and many other delightful finds. Of course, no stroll through the festival would be complete without sampling the tempting food. Just a few delectable offerings youll find include bison burgers, fry pies, roasted corn, smoked turkey legs, cinnamon-roasted nuts, apple butter burgers, kettle corn, andhot apple dumplings and fritters. Just a few fun additions to the festivities are the gas-powered John Deere Hit and Miss ice cream maker, outdoor living demonstrations, and a corn-shellin contest.
Roscoe Village is a restored canal town that flourished in the early 1800s as the Ohio and Erie Canal wound its way through Ohio, and many of the original buildings still stand along the original canal bed. Costumed interpreters spin the tales of the early 19th century, and a nearby canal boat offers a taste of life on the canal with its horse-drawn rides.
During the festival, tours of the village will be offered. Civil War: On the Home Front is Roscoes tour commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Guests can visit the fully-staffed historical buildings at their leisure from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday and Saturday evening the eerie candlelight tour, Spirit of Roscoe, will be offered at 7 p.m. This autumn tour walks the guests through our historic village while telling the tales of the spirited folk who once made this quaint canal town their home. Reservations are recommended for the candlelight tour.
Traditions are the benchmark of the Apple Butter Stirrin festivities. The annual spelling bee pits local seventh and eighth grade competitors against each other on Saturday morning in the Roscoe School House. Younger visitors can enjoy the kids activity area, and Sundays activities include the players choice raffle and the annual quilt raffle for the handmade quilt made by Roscoe Village volunteer quilters.
All the weekends events are accented by musical entertainment with performances by traditional dulcimer players, bluegrass bands, gospel singers, and country music artists.
The festival runs Oct. 14, 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Crafters and artisans interested in booth space at the festival may print an application from the website at www.roscoevillage.com or contact them at (740) 622-9310 ext. 20 or 1-800-877-1830.