5 Fun Things You’re Going to See at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival

The 17th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival kicks off Friday, September 11, and runs though Sunday, September 13. Planning on heading to Lake Snowden, the home of the festival, this year? Be sure to check out these 5 must-see activities.

Pawpaw FoodPawpaw Food. Never had a pawpaw before? This is the time to try one! Not only can you sample the fruit as-is, but also you can try pawpaw in smoothies, ice cream, barbeque sauce, salsa and a host of baked goods. Several local food vendors will be at the festival serving up pawpaw-inspired cuisine, including local favorites Holy Quacamole, Herbal Sage and Tea, Mauvette’s and Chelsea’s Real Food. Plus, a dozen Ohio craft breweries will be offering pawpaw beer. Long story short, if you don’t have a favorite way to consume a pawpaw when you come to the festival, you will by the time you leave.





Pawpaw Eating ContestPawpaw-Related Contests and Competitions. The festival is also your chance to find out who grows the best-tasting pawpaws, whose trees grow the largest fruits, who can eat the most in one sitting and who make the best pawpaw-inspired food. Think you have what it takes? Details on registration can be found here. If you’re looking for a different sort of physical activity, check out the pawpaw gauntlet course. It will be available throughout the weekend to try or you can sign up for one of the races.






Balloons at Pawpaw FestBubbles, Balloons and Bounce Houses. The Pawpaw Festival has always been a family-friendly event. Local artists Patti Mitchell and Robert Lockheed will be roaming the festival grounds, entertaining attendees with balloon sculptures. In addition to bubbles and inflatables, other kid-friendly activities include mural painting, padded sword construction and pawpaw cooking for kids. See what other activities are in store for kids here.






Music at Pawpaw FestMusic. It wouldn’t be a festival in Athens County without great local and regional acts like MoJoFlo, The Wild Honeybees and JD Hutchinson. With performers on two stages, there’s a lot to see. Plan out the acts you’re going to catch over the weekend here.







pawpaw plushie SquareArtisan Marketplace. THE place to purchase a pawpaw tree (and to learn how to care for it) is at the Pawpaw Festival. But you can also find many eclectic, handmade items from local artisans in the festival’s marketplace. From paintings and sculptures to jewelry and textiles, this is the area of the festival where you’ll find a unique souvenir. Get a sneak preview of the vendors here.

With all this to do, of course you’ll need to make a weekend out of it. Why not stay in one of our hotels, cabins or B&Bs? Travel safely and we’ll see you in Athens!