One of the biggest outdoor festivals in southwest Missouri, Mt. Vernon's Apple Butter Makin' Days, will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12 to 14, in the square in Mt. Vernon.
Organizers report more than 400 booths from craft vendors and artisans will be set up in the town square and on adjacent streets and parking lots. Booths will open at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Since the festival began in 1967, apple butter has remained at its center. The smell of apple butter cooking in a copper kettle over an open fire will fill the festival area. Several organizations will cook and sell the fall delicacy throughout the weekend.
Live entertainment is planned from the stage at the southwest corner of the square. A car show is also planned at the Spirit of 76 Park, north of the square.
The entertainment schedule on Friday includes: a bubble gum blowing contest at 9:15 a.m.; a pet parade at 10 a.m.; the apple pie eating contest at 10:30 a.m.; a kids' pedal tractor pull at 11:30 a.m.; crowning of the Apple Butter Queen at 1:30 p.m.; and the apple throwing contest at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, events include: 5K and 10K runs at 7 a.m.; the parade and car show at 9:30 a.m.; Monett singer-songwriter Leon Troyer performing at 10:30 a.m.; Cassville-based bluegrass band Brightwater Junction playing at 11:15 a.m.; dog races at 2 p.m.; bluegrass band the Flying Buzzards playing at 2:45 p.m.; and the Rebel's Bluff theatrical troupe performing "MacBooth" at 3:45 p.m.
Sunday will begin with a worship service at 9:30 a.m. Music groups from several churches will perform throughout the day. All activities will end at 4 p.m.
The Lawrence County Historical Society will have its museum and the historic Adamson cabin open for tours each day.
There is no admission fee for the festival. Food vendors will also be present.