Sauder Village Annual Apple Butter Festival Starts Tuesday
Sauder Village marks the change of seasons, saying goodbye to summer and welcoming fall, with its traditional Apple Butter Making Festival.
The event starts Tuesday, Sept. 25, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 29.
Apple butter will be made at the 1910 Homestead, where there will be a demonstration of apple schnitzing, or cutting apples into thin slices.
“Apples were a mainstay of the diet of the early settlers well through the 20th century,” said Kris Jemmott, director of historic operations for Sauder Village.
“One way apples could be enjoyed throughout the winter was to turn them into apple butter. The village focuses on the historic aspect of the process.” said Jemmott.
There will be other applerelated events throughout the week.
On Saturday, the village will hold an old-fashioned pie-baking contest, and a special junior historian fair will be held to celebrate the talents of the many young volunteers involved at the village.
Volunteers for the Apple Butter Festival include Merle Wyse, and Shirley Gerber Nofziger, Archbold, cooking apple butter; Vera Schmidt, Marthy Yoder, Virgie Wyse, Katherine Crossgrove, and Teresa Mann, Archbold, and Lois Tester, Wauseon, peeling and schnitzing apples; Bob Sauder, Pioneer, operating hand cider press.