abfbeardcontestParades, Games and Contests

Thousands of people line the streets each year to watch the nostalgic hometown Apple Butter Festival parade on Saturday morning at 9 am with nearly a hundred entries ranging from bands and floats to drill teams and marching children. The 44th anniversary parade is sponsored by Citizens National Bank and produced by community volunteers. This year’s theme to be announced.
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Games and contests. 2016 Winners Below

Racing Turtles and male facial hair are the centerpiece of two favorite games dating to the first festival in 1974. The turtle race draws nearly a dozen entries and cheering crowds at 11am on Saturday. At 2:50pm on Saturday, more than thirty men display their beards and mustaches for discriminating female judges who award ribbons for various attributes including size, shape, color, mustache, stubble and artistic quality.  To enter just take your whiskers to the bandstand.

New in 1999 was the hugely popular hog calling at 2:15pm Sunday. You’ll be amazed at hog calling as performance art.  Children and adult categories.  Come to the bandstand early to beat the crowds for this one.  For the egg toss on Sunday at 1:15 pm,  you bring a partner, we provide the eggs – and paper towels to wipe off raw egg splatter.

Serious bakers enter tasty treats in nearly a dozen apple-related categories. Once the judging is complete, entries are for sale.  Winners announced at 1:45 pm and the stampede to buy the best apple butter begins.

Apple bake and apple butter contest entries due by Saturday 9am.

2016 Winners

QUILT — Anna McClintock–Berkeley Springs, WV

youth —
1st — Kevin
2nd — Heath
3rd — Valla

adult —
1st — Catherine
2nd — Dan
3rd — Eliza, Sandra, Amelia

1st — Robby Larsen Ensinger & Henry Carter — Falls Church, VA
2nd –Peter Larsen and Stacy Carter — Falls Church, VA

1st – Megan Fox with Franklin
2nd – Taylor Fox with Rose Mary
3rd -Marley Seaborn with Lollipop

Best Theme (Out of This World) — 4 winners
*Mock’s Greenhouse & Farm; *Widmyer PTO; *Girl Scouts; *Morgan County Partnership
Most Adorable – Friends Fur Life
Most Impressive Walking Unit – Silver Starlettes
Best Historic Costume – Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Best Commercial Float–A tie — Rider Excavation & Masonry & Berkeley Springs Investments
Most Dramatic — Lions Club
Best Fire/Emergency – Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department
Best Action –World Domination Wrestling Alliance

Most Artistic — Frank DeRose – Frederick, MD
Best Mustache — Brad Grochowski – Baltimore, MD
Most Robust — Rock Fox–Berkeley Springs, WV
Best Texture/Feel — Ralf Swogger – Martinsburg, WV
Best Color — Greg Robinson – Silver Spring, MD
Judges’ Choice – Oger Lewis – Frostburg, MD

Breads, muffins & rolls
1st – Laura Davis- Apple Cider Loaf
2nd – Katie St. Laurant – Peek A Boo Apple Bread
3rd – Christine Queen – Country Apple Fritter Bread

1st – Pat Steers – Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
2nd – Pat Steers – Apple Praline Cake
3rd – Tama Hiles – Caramel Apple Poke Cake

1st – Mary Wolfe – Apple Pie Cookies
2nd – Tama Hiles – Apple Crisp Cookie
3rd — -Susan Queen – Dutch Apple Pie Cookies

Pies, pastries & apple dumplings
1st – Myrtle Arnold – Sugar Pie Apple
2nd –Tama Hiles – Apple Cheesecake Upside Down Cake
3rd – Tama Hiles – Apple Pie Bites

1st – Mary Hardcastle – Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake
2nd – Tama Hiles – Healthy Chewy Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars
3rd – Betsy St Laurant – Chocolate Apple Pops

Apple butter
1st — Open Fire Vittles #6
2nd –Open Fire Vittles #3
3rd – Open Fire Vittles #11

Sugar free
1st – Open Fire Vittles – Apple Butter
2nd – Patricia Steers – Coconut Apple Pie
3rd – Tama Hiles – Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

1st – Arnold Grandkids – Open Vittles Bittles
2nd – Karis Cleary – Spice Apple Cake Balls
3rd – Saylor Gilliam – Caramel Apple Pie Bombs

Grand Prize – Pat Steers – Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

For more information about Apple Butter Festival, contact:

Chamber of Commerce
127 Fairfax St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411