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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 theme for 2019: ” The Magic of Morgan County”
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Games and contests. 2019 Winners Below

Decorative scarecrows and male facial hair are the centerpiece of two favorite games dating to the first festival in 1974.  Traditional and non traditional scarecrows are judged at 11am on Saturday, youth category included. 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.

2019 Winners

QUILT — Adam Roberts–Washington, DC and Berkeley Spring

HOG CALLING
Youth —
1st –Fiona McCann, Age 8, Jefferson County, WV
2nd –Saoirse McCann, Age 6, Jefferson County, WV
3rd –Teegan Younker, Age 10, Berkeley Springs, WV

Adult —
1st –Keith Lippert, Baltimore, MD–Won in 2002 & 2018
2nd –Bill Pelfrey, Morgan County, WV
3rd –Jennifer Marion, Beltsville, MD

EGG TOSS
1st — Ken England, Salem, VA and Bob Ensinger, Falls Church, VA
2nd — Katelynn Hess and Cole Morris, both of Berkeley Springs, WV

Scarecrow Contest
Traditional
1st Place, Gat Creek
2nd Place, Blue Flame
3rd Place, Abby’s Lookout
Honorable Mention – Humane Society of Morgan County

Other
1st Place, Heath Studios
2nd Place, CNB Bank
3rd Place, Apple Butter Gang

PARADE
Best Theme (Magic of Morgan County) 2 winners
Widmyer Elementary School and Gates Automotive pulling the WV History Bowl Team
Most Adorable-2 winners – Friends Fur Life and Little Learners Village
Most Impressive Walking Unit – Berkeley Springs High School Band
Best Costumes – Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Best Commercial Float–Percy Renovations
Most Meaningful Entry – Sons of the American Legion Squadron 60/Tri-State Honor Guard
Best Fire/Emergency – Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department
Best Action –Empire Cheer and The Studio for Performing Arts
Best Vintage Entry-Tie – Randy Somers, 1962 Corvette

BEARD CONTEST
Longest-14 inches — Kelly McFarland, Walker, WV
Best Groomed — Reggie Wine, Mt. Sidney, VA
Softest — Chris Rodriguez, Los Angeles, CA
Most Original — Keith Madden, Stafford, VA
Most Outrageous — Devin Davis, Berkeley Springs, WV
Best Overall — John Kovaleski, Gerrardstown, WV
Best Effort — Dylan & son Lincoln Shives, Berkeley Springs, WV

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

Cakes
1st – Pat Steers, Applesauce Praline Coffee Cake
2nd – Kendra Myers, Apple Filled Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting
3rd – Tama Hiles, Cinnamon Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze

Cookies
1st –Cindy Smalley, Apple Butter No Bake
2nd – Tama Hiles, Apple Walnut Cookies
3rd — -Tama Hiles, Apple Harvest Squares

Pies, Pastries & Apple Dumplings
1st – Abigail Cleary, Snicker Doodle Creamcheese Apple
2nd –Mary Hardcastle, Upside Down Cheesecake Pie
3rd –Helen Herlocker, Apple-achian Hand Pie

Miscellaneous
1st – Leah Voithoffer, Apple Crumble Slice
2nd – Kathryn St. Laurent, Cinnamon Roll Caramel Apple Cheesecake
3rd – Amanda Queen, Apple Butter Bars

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

Youth–Grade 8 and Under
1st – Audrey Hardcastle, Apple Pecan Pie
2nd – Wyatt Sirbaugh, Apple Butter Donuts
3rd – Wyatt Sirbaugh, Apple Butter Dippin Donuts

Grand Prize – Abigail Cleary, Snicker Doodle Creamcheese Apple

For more information about Apple Butter Festival, contact:

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