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Parades, 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 46th anniversary parade is sponsored by Citizens National Bank and produced by community volunteers. The 2019 year’s theme TBA
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Games and contests. 2018 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.

2018 Winners

QUILT — Pat Morris–Chester, MD

HOG CALLING
Youth —
1st –Saoirse McCann
2nd –Fiona McCann
3rd –Erin McLaughlin

Adult —
1st –Keith Lippert, Baltimore, MD–Won in 2002
2nd –Motley, Berkeley Springs, WV
3rd –Tim Blankenship, Berkeley Springs, WV
Honorable Mention: Richard Ashworth, Hedgesville, WV

EGG TOSS
1st — Regina Terry, Great Cacapon, WV and Sherry Davison, College Park, MD
2nd — Mike Boram  and Will Boram, Bowie, MD

TURTLE RACE
1st – Marley Seaborn with “Waddles” from Fallston, MD
2nd -Lilli Stevens with “Cermet” from Berkeley Springs, WV
3rd -Megan Fox and Avery Simpson with “Franklin” from Berkeley Springs, WV

PARADE
Best Theme (Country Roads Take Me Home) 2 winners
*Skeeter’s Autobody/ Lions Club and *Berkeley Springs High School Marching Band
Most Adorable – Cub Scout Pack 12
Most Impressive Walking Unit – Paw Paw High School Pirate Marching Band
Best Costumes – Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County
Best Commercial Float–Berkeley Springs Investments
Most Thought Provoking — Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Best Fire/Emergency – Morgan County Sheriff’s Department
Best Action –Empire Cheer
Best Vintage Entry-Tie – *Apple Valley Waste and *Rebecca and Gene Brock/Coca Cola Car

BEARD CONTEST
Longest — Eric Young
Best Groomed — Arthur Bonjour
Softest — Chris Rodriguez
Most Original — Mike Cosgrove
Most Outrageous — Oger Lewis – Frostburg, MD
Best Overall — Nathan Forebeck
Best Effort — Ben Shapiro

APPLE BUTTER & APPLE BAKE
Breads, muffins & rolls
1st – Tama Hiles, Caramel Apple Muffins
2nd – Doris Diorio, Apple Zucchini Bread
3rd – Tama Hiles, Apple Bread

Cakes
1st – Russell Queen, Caramel Apple Cheesecake
2nd – Pat Steers, Applesauce Praline Coffee Cake
3rd – Mary Wolfe, Apple Pie Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

Cookies
1st –Doris Diorio, Applesauce Raisin Cookies
2nd – Tama Hiles, Apple Crisp Cookies
3rd — -Karis Cleary, Caramel Apple Snickerdoodles

Pies, Pastries & Apple Dumplings
1st – Susan Queen, Topsy Turvy Apple Pie
2nd –Betty Kelley, Apple Pie
3rd –Steve Davis, Tasty Apple Tartlet

Miscellaneous
1st – Tama Hiles, Apple Cheese Ball
2nd – Kathryn St. Laurent, Apple Spice Whoopie Pies
3rd – Tama Hiles, Cranberry Apple Relish

Sugar free
1st – Open Fire Vittles, Sugar Free Apple Butter
2nd – Ed Steers, Sugar Free Apple Dessert
3rd – Pat Steers, Coconut Apple Crunch

Youth–Grade 8 and Under
1st – David Hardcastle, Apple Pie Cake
2nd – Mia Grace, Apple Cupcakes
3rd – Elizabeth Hardcastle, Easy Apple Cobbler

Grand Prize – Russell Queen, Caramel Apple Cheesecake

For more information about Apple Butter Festival, contact:

Chamber of Commerce
127 Fairfax St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
304-258-3738
chamber@berkeleysprings.com