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Apple Butter Festival celebrates 48 years and returns with new attractions in Berkeley Springs

BERKELEY SPRINGS — One of the largest and longest running fall festivals in West Virginia, the 48th annual Apple Butter Festival in historic Berkeley Springs, returns Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8, and is a family tradition for tens of thousands of folks every year. This year, the festival adds a Friday night “block party,” Oct. 6 from 5-9 p.m., with entertainment, food trucks and the Apple Butter Festival beer and wine garden.

A nostalgic hometown parade with the theme Morgan County Welcomes You kicks off the festivities on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. followed by two days of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. The undisputed star of the festival remains the spicy apple butter being stirred in giant copper kettles in the Square, and Greenwood Community Center is taking center stage in this crucial effort that creates lifelong memories for so many festivalgoers. They can’t wait for folks to take a stir at the kettles, experience the mouthwatering aroma, and carry off fresh-made apple butter. “Kids stirring apple butter in the kettles is the most photographed activity of the festival,” noted Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jules Happy Rone.

Grand marshals for the 2023 parade are the winners of the Berkeley Springs – Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Community Awards. After 100 nominations, the winners in the seven categories are: Educator of the Year: Ian Helmick, Employee of the Year: Tammy Davison from Reed’s Pharmacy, Small Business of the Year: Blue Flame, Inc, Large Business of the Year: War Memorial Hospital, Community Hero: Kevin Barney, Community Service Award: Cindy Hovermale, and the top award, the coveted Morganite: Bill Clark. These seven people/organizations were honored at a banquet in September and will serve as the grand marshals.

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