Apple Butter Festival 2012

Fall 2012 –

If you didn’t make it to the 49th Apple Butter Festival at Hueston Woods this
weekend, you missed out on great autumn weather, delicious food and a variety of
activities.

After paying just $2 per adult to park and enter the festival, my friend Natalie and I quickly found the line for hot apple cider. Although it was cloudy and windy, it was nice reminder that apple-themed festivals are meant to happen in fall.

Contented with our cider, we walked over and watched the famous apple butter
being stirred by both volunteers and members of the crowd who wanted to try it.

The butter is made over a small fire in a large kettle, and is then later canned,
packaged and sold at a small table nearby.

Surrounding the apple butter-making was a variety of vendors selling homemade blankets and scarves, leather bags, yard signs, embroidered clothing, alpaca wool and kettle corn.

A few local alpacas were even on-site for visitors to view and pet. We watched as a few children attempted to stick their arm as far into the pen as it would go to barely brush up against the half-sleeping creatures.

Since the festival is held at Hueston Woods’ Pioneer Farm, the site includes several antique buildings that are kept running by the Oxford Museum Association, who’s members were there to offer information about their association.

The largest building on the farm is an old barn, which is not native to the site,
because the original barn burned down in the 1980s. The new barn was an old
dairy barn that was moved to the Pioneer Farm.

It holds a large collection of farm equipment, big and small, available to look at and learn about. The collection was neatly arranged and provided some shelter from the wind.

As Natalie and I finished our ciders, we took one last look around that wonderful fall day and noticed that the festival seemed more crowded than last year, especially with Miami students.

 

By Ariana Williams

GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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