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 2018 year’s theme Take Me Home Country Roads
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Games and contests. 2017 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.

2017 Winners

QUILT — Stephanie Borgos–Silver Springs, MD

Youth —
1st — Jonathan Dykes–Baltimore, MD
2nd — Vala Brown–Hancock, MD
3rd — Will Gallagher–Fairfax, VA

Adult —
1st — Richard Ashworth–Hedgesville, WV
2nd — Al Childs–Milford, VA
3rd — Dennis Wick–Greencastle, PA

1st — Michael and Will Boram — Bowie, MD
2nd –Billie Jo Smith and Bill Bishop — Berkeley Springs, WV

1st – Megan Fox and Avery Simpson with “Franklin” from Berkeley Springs, WV
2nd – Chloe Taylor with “Trump” from Berkeley Springs, WV
3rd -Camden, Callie, Marley and Aly Seaborn with “Zipster” from Fallston, MD

Best Theme (Morgan County Pride) — 2 winners
*Berkeley Springs Lions Club and *The Appletons
Most Adorable – Friends Fur Life Dog Rescue
Most Impressive Walking Unit – Berkeley Springs High School Marching Band
Best Historic Costume – Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Best Costumes – Give Purrs a Chance
Best Commercial Float–A tie — Blue Flame and River & Trail Outfitters
Most Dramatic — Charles Timbrook with “Black Out” with the tribute to POW/MIA servicemen and women.
Best Fire/Emergency – South Morgan Volunteer Fire Department
Best Action –Warm Springs Wolves Cheerleaders
Best Antique Car – Charles McCumbee with a 1952 Hudson Hornet

Most Artistic — Tom Reynolds – Baltimore, MD
Best Mustache — Reggie Wine, Mt Sidney, VA
Most Robust — Ray White, Inwood, WV
Best Texture/Feel — Greg Robinson, Silver Springs, MD
Best Color — Oger Lewis – Frostburg, MD
Wildest — Ralph Swogger, Martinsburg, WV
Tamest — Tim Maujenin, Frederick, MD
Judges’ Choice – Larry Yates, Winchester, VA

Breads, muffins & rolls
1st – RJ McDowell- Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
2nd – Tam Hiles – Caramel Apple Bread
3rd – Susan Queen – Apple Pull Apart Bread

1st – Kendra Myers – Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
2nd – Katie St Laurent – Best Ever Apple Cake
3rd – Karen Myers – Dapple Apple Cake

1st – Erin Williams – Apple Butter Re-toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookie
2nd – Tama Hiles – Apple Snickerdoodles
3rd — -Mary Wolfe – Morgan Apple Cookies

Pies, pastries & apple dumplings
1st – Susan Queen – Apple Cranberry Tart
2nd –Tama Hiles – Applesauce Pie
3rd – Pat Steers – Delicious Apple Pecan Pie

1st – Christine Queen – Apple Crisp Cheesecake
2nd – Mike and Stephanie Meredith – Apple Butter Cheesecake
3rd – Steve Davis – Gee Dad Blonde Brownies

Sugar free
1st – Ed Steers – Apple Plum Crisp

1st – Mia & Grace Queen – Caramel Apple Cheesecake
2nd – Madison Queen – Apple Pie Cups
3rd – Elizabeth Hardcastle – Apple Butter

Grand Prize – Mia & Grace Queen – Caramel Apple Cheesecake

For more information about Apple Butter Festival, contact:

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