COSHOCTON -- Historic Roscoe Village prepares to celebrate autumn with the enticing aroma of fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire and the brilliant hues of the season for its 40th annual Apple Butter Stirrin'.

Held Oct. 16-18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the festival offers fun and entertainment for all ages. Activities will include an invitational craft show, crafter demonstrations, special appearances by Johnny Appleseed, strolling storytellers, food booths and a variety of contests including the ever-popular spelling bee on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in the One-Room Schoolhouse in Roscoe Village.

Main stage entertainment will include the Claxon Family Band, SilverLiners, New Towne Cloggers, Country Sunrise Special (Nicholas Family), the Todd Taylor Show, Wildwood & Friends, Homestead Creek and much more great entertainment.

A hand-stitched quilt donated by the Roscoe Village volunteers will be raffled on Sunday, along with crafts donated by each craft vendor for a raffle Saturday and Sunday. Lots of children's activities will be offered at a designated children's area. Activities will include decorating a pumpkin, old-fashioned children's games, face painting and a coloring table.

Children and adults alike will enjoy leisure tours each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a "Spirit of Roscoe" candlelight tour available at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening. An 1800s school lesson will be offered along with horse-drawn canal boat rides and shopping among the fun fall decorations.

For a complete schedule of events for the Apple Butter Stirrin' or information on Historic Roscoe Village, call (740) 622-9310 or toll-free 800-877-1830; or visit