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Butter Makin' Days, one of Missouri's most popular festivals, has been held on the courthouse square in Mt. Vernon each October
since 1967. The main attraction is apple butter, cooked using century-old
methods in huge copper kettles over open fires. That craft is demonstrated
on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn starting shortly
after dawn and continuing until early to mid-afternoon each day
of the festival.
sale of apple butter has helped fund numerous charitable projects.
While the cooking of apple butter is the prime attraction of Apple
Butter Makin' Days, other activities compliment the event and provide
entertainment and fun for those who attend. Businesses decorate
their store windows with displays of antique furniture and collectibles,
and some people still dress in costumes of the era.
juried festival also includes games, food and entertainment for
all ages. In 2015, the festival drew an estimated 80,000 people to Mt. Vernon
for the three day weekend!
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Contests are patterned after the fun of yesteryear and include such
things as nail driving and a terrapin race. Other activities that
have been favorites for years include the Pet Parade, Bubble Gum
Blowing Contest, apple pie eating contest and an apple biting contest. Between
the nail driving contest and the fiddlers contest you can be guaranteed
on the Courthouse Lawn
Large copper kettles, many of which are over 100 years old, are
placed on open fires hours before daybreak. Then, apples which are
peeled the day before, are placed in the kettles along with water
, and the mixture is stirred with long wooden paddles to prevent
sticking and burning. Toward the end of the twelve-hour cooking
time, sugar and spices are added to give the distinctive taste.
In the mid-afternoon, the apple butter is ladled into jars and sealed.
for the Kids!
Kids of all ages enjoy Apple Butter Makin' Days! The three-day schedule
is designed to involve and entertain the youngsters. By the end
of the festival the children will have had numerous opportunities to
enter the contests and compete for the many prizes available.
makes people smile more than watching the youngsters participate
in the activities provided! All children enjoy the bubble gum blowing
contest, terrapin race, pet parade apple pie eating contest, etc.
A wide variety of food is provided by local organizations and churches
to make sure that none of the thousands of visitors arriving daily
experience hunger pains! With all the choices available, the decision
of what to eat becomes a difficult one! The best thing to do is
to eat a little of everything!
- Kettle Corn
- Apple Dumplings
- Caramel Apples
- Apple Cider
- Bratwurst and polish sausage
- Funnel cakes
- Hot roasted peanuts
- Turkey drumsticks
- Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Taco Salads
- Hamburgers and hot dogs
Be prepared to be entertained when you arrive at the Apple Butter
Makin' Day festivities! Musical
and dramatic entertainment abounds. A Saturday morning parade has
always been a highlight of the festival. Not
only will you see the Apple Butter Queen crowning, you will listen
to country, folk, bluegrass, rock, blues and Christian singers sharing their
favorite songs with you! Your foot will tap and your hands will
clap in rhythm with the old time fiddle and folk music. A gun fight
on the square, an apple peeling contest, baby show and much more
provide entertainment that you won't want to miss!
350 craftsmen from throughout the country traditionally set up booths
featuring hand-crafted items, with many craftsmen demonstrating
spaces are available for hand-crafted items made by the exhibitor.
We encourage people to demonstrate their craft at the booth. For
information about whether your craft qualifies, rental and jury
fees, etc., contact: Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box
373, Mount Vernon, MO 65712, (417) 466-7654, Booth spaces are limited,
so be sure to contact us as early as possible!
NO PETS PLEASE
Please do not bring your pets to Apple Butter Makin’ Days. Only the ones in the “Pet Parade” on Friday will be allowed at the festival and those pets should be off the square by 11:00 a.m.
For more information, please contact us at 417-466-7654 or by Email.