BUTLER – Everyone’s interest in the crispness and colors of fall will get a boost at the upcoming Butler Apple Fest Oct. 12 and 13.
Apple fritters, dumplings, squash soup, sundaes, funnel cakes, apple butter — and just plain old apples — will be available.
Apple Barn Farms, from Jeromesville, will provide its fruit.
Opening day of the market is Friday, Oct. 12. The food vendors will be on site, plus there are a number of street merchants who will be participating.
Opening day ceremonies include announcing the Apple Fest queen. Kiddie-oriented events have been planned.
On Saturday there is a parade at noon.
The Dairy Belle of Bellville will have a stand, as will Lions and Spiess Fries.
Save the Valley, which is a consortium of three local churches, will be on hand. The churches are River of Life, Three Crosses and North Bend.
The Mormon Missionary Group will have a stand, as will Norwex, LuLaRoe, jewelry vendors and other craft purveyors. Norwex sells home products that try to avoid harmful chemicals. LuLaRoe sells women’s clothing.
At opening ceremonies, Butler mayor Joe Stallard will speak.
Mike Hemmelgarn, a magician, will appear Friday. Jai Merina will play acoustic guitar at 6:30 p.m. Luke Watson will perform at 9 p.m.
There will be a vintage baseball game at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the bands Red Ball Jets and Never Surrender will perform.
The Future Farmers of America are planning to have petting zoo.