Apple Butte toast of town

 A Shriner gives a fez-adorned rubber ducky to a young girl during the festival parade Saturday morning.

Singer Cody Waller brings it home Saturday morning on the green space stage during Apple Butter Makin’ Days.

Rayne Stokes blows the biggest bubble out of all contestants in the 9-12 age group.

Amari Tudor is all smiles after being crowned this year’s Apple Butter Queen; Stella Coffelt-Doke was named princess. (Photos by Ryan Squibb)

Apple Butter committee churns out another winner
Cool temperatures, an overcast sky and periodic precipitation gave the 57th annual Apple Butter Makin’ Days festival a real fall flavor last weekend on the Mt. Vernon square.
The autumn weather didn’t severely dampen the crowd, nor the vendor booths—which were 450 strong this year, however, as people still packed the streets. An estimated 75,000-80,000 goers turned out for the three-day affair which this year included off-site parking on Mt. Vernon Boulevard and the KidZone relocated to the Spirit of ’76 Park.
Organizers also moved the stage to the green space on the north side of the square, which went over well.
“The move of the stage was a big hit,” said Apple Butter Makin’ Days Committee Chairman Ashlee Rummel. “Everyone enjoyed the placement.  They were able to gather together with family and friends and enjoy their food while listening to the amazing entertainment that was on stage.”
Rummel said she believed the festival as a whole was one of the most successful ones to date, and it was in no small part to the volunteers and the community.
“To all the food and craft vendors, to the Apple Butter Makin’ Days committee members, to the community of Mt Vernon, thank you for making this year one of the best years yet.  Now to make the 58th year even better.”


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