20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Date/Time
Date(s) - September 15, 2018
All Day


It’s time for The 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival!

 

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). This three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, quality entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local businesses throughout southeastern Ohio and beyond. Special events at the festival include competitions for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, pawpaw cook-off, and the ever-popular pawpaw-eating contest. An energetic family environment is created by Kids Central, which provides a wide range of hands-on activities. The Main Stage is host to some of the best musicians and performers in our region. A full line-up of presentations and activities cover pawpaw growing, cooking, genetics, medical use and other topics related to sustainability.

 

Pawpaw Tent Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Time Topic
4:15 p.m.
Pawpaw Permaculture; a walkabout with Chris Chmiel, Integration Acres
5:15 p.m.
Pawpaw Jeopardy
6:15 p.m.
Devil’s Paw Homebrew Contest Beer Judging, Ohio Brew Week  Certified Judge (Winner announced immediately after)

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Time Topic
10:15 a.m.
So You Want to Grow Pawpaws; Bob Johnson, North American Pawpaw Growers Association
11:15 a.m.
TBD
12:15 p.m.
Best Pawpaw Contest (winners announced after 1:15 pm presentation)
1:15 p.m.
TBD
2:15 p.m. Cooking with Pawpaws  Dave Rudie (The Yellow Jacket, Williamstown, WV) and Dagmar Kupsche (The Cook’s Shop, Marietta, OH)
3:30 p.m.
Brewers Roundtable w/ Optional Pawpaw Beer Tasting ($25/person, tickets purchased at the event)
5 p.m.
How to Incorporate Pawpaws in a Healthy Diet; Christine Zachrich, MS RDN, Ohio University
6:15 p.m.
Pawpaw Jeopardy (pawpaw trivia game)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Time Topic
10:15 a.m.
Pawpaw 101, Gregg and Susan Hoertt; North American Pawpaw Growers Association
11:15 a.m.
Pawpaw Cookoff (winners announced after 12:30 pm presentation)
12:30 p.m. Stories about Pawpaws, Doug Elliott,  Naturalist, Herbalist,
Storyteller, Author, Humorist, Basketmaker

Ohio Country Fair Tent Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Time Topic
5 p.m.
Buckeye Trail Association
6:15 p.m.
Wayne National Forest Revisioning Planning by the Ohio Environmental Council

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Time Workshop
10:15 a.m.
Yoga with Athens Yoga
11:30 a.m.
Marc Williams – The Pawpaw and its tropical relatives
12:45 p.m.
Paul Strauss – Herb Walk and Talk
2 p.m. Andre the Elf – Family Farmed and Foraged…a year of Forest Gardening and Foraging in  the Ohio River Valley
3:45 p.m.
Doug Elliot- TBA
5:30 p.m.
Rain Brothers Co. – Home scale rainwater collection setup
6:45 p.m.
Soil and Water Conservation District Teresa Caldwell- Rain Gardens

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Time Workshop
10:15 a.m.
Yoga with Athens Yoga
11:30 a.m.
Mark Cohen- Bionutrient Food Association
12:45 p.m.
Marie Viljoen- Forage, Harvest, Feast
2 p.m. Herdshares, Microdaries and the Raw Milk Revolution – Erica Andrews, Lauren Center, Annie  Warmke, Sasha Sigetic
3:45 p.m.
Michael Goldman- Bird Talk

Kids Tent Schedule

Brought to you by Rising Appalachia: For our 20th anniversary, the Kids’ Tent will feature non-stop fun and creative exploration through the hourly activities listed below, plus, each day until dark, enjoy four giant inflatable bounce houses, climbing and swinging fun at the Jelly Dome, and a mini kids’ obstacle course around the kids zone. Check out youth related booths at the entry to the kids’ area, including a padded sword making station at Rising Appalachia with swords to borrow or purchase.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

From 4-8 p.m. Inflatables, Jelly Dome, and Obstacle Course open for free play

Time Workshop
4-5 p.m.
Pawpaw Discovery Hike with Lawrence Greene: Explore the plants of Lake Snowden and learn native edibles, medicinals, and other useful plants.
5-6 p.m.
Mini Village Arts and Crafts for ages 3 and up: Come play and explore multimedia design as we create and enjoy a miniature village.
6-8 p.m. Humans Vs Zombies (HVZ) brought to you by the Red Team of Athens: Get ready for the Zombie Apocolypse. Nerf guns provided for first 20 participants to show up (bring your own if you have them). Sock bombs for all.
7-8 p.m.
Primitive Fire Starting with Rural Action: Learn ancient techniques for cultivating fire and help us ignite the camp fire.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Inflatables, Jelly Dome, and Obstacle Course open for free play

Time Workshop
10-11 a.m.
Storytelling with the Deer Hill Folk Tellers: Experience traditional regional folklore and old fashioned entertainment.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Yoga for the little ones: Come and do yoga though playful games, songs and stories. This kids yoga is ideal for ages 3 to 7.
12-1p.m.
Michael Frogman: Join the Frogman as he sings, croaks, and howls about all kinds of creatures found in the forest.
1-2 p.m.
Mommy/Daddy & Me Sing, dance and play instruments with Athens Mini Maestros
2-3 p.m.
Pawpaw Pony Beading: Craft your own creation out of pony beads with Rachel and Laura of Athens County Public Libraries!
3-4 p.m. Ugata Drum Crew Kids’ Drum Circle: Come make some noise with Ugata’s African Drum Class
4-5 p.m.
Padded Sword Fighting Battle and other Boffing Games with Erik Peterson
5-6 p.m.
Stories from the woods with our keynote speaker Doug Elliot
6-8 p.m.
Humans Vs Zombies (HVZ) brought to you by the Red Team of Athens: Get ready for the Zombie Apocolypse. Nerf guns provided for first 20 participants to show up (bring your own if you have them). Sock bombs for all.
8-10 p.m.
Movie Screening

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inflatables, Jelly Dome, and Obstacle Course open for free play

Time Workshop
10-11a.m.
Storytelling with the Deer Hill Folk Tellers: Experience traditional regional folklore and old fashioned entertainment.
11a.m.-12 p.m.
Pond Study with Rural Action: Bring your boots as we get up close to Lake Snowden discovering what critters and insects make their homes in the water.
11a.m.-3 p.m.
Sssnakes: Experience exotic and native snakes and learn handling, identification, and interesting facts at the snake booth with Jacob Sheehan
12-1 p.m.
Sculpting Clay with Studio Artist Matt Wedel: Children and adults will work on making imaginative fruit forms out of clay, inspired by our native pawpaw.
1-2 p.m.
The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery presents: a Museum Mix! The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery is a hands-on, exploratory museum located in Athens, OH. We hope to inspire visitors of all ages to discover the world we live in through interactive exhibits and creative, STEAM-based experiences.
2-3 p.m.
Kids Yoga with Lonnie Galt-Theis of Sassafrass Camp:  A fun and imaginative class with stories, singing, games, and guided relaxation. Best suited for ages 3-10, all ages welcome.

Pollinator Tent Schedule

Click here to see list of exhibits.
Children’s Activities will be provided by Kris Kline from 

Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Time Presentation
4-4:15 p.m.
Barbara Velez Barbosa, Ambassador for National Wildlife Federation – Welcome to 2018 Pollinator Tent
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Chris Kline – Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center”Chris will speak on what native plants are used to attract pollinators at Butterfly Ridge, plus share where the center is headed for visitors to enjoy. Chris Kline books on basic butterfly gardening & t-shirts available for sale
5:15-6:15 p.m.

Dave Ackerman, Sierra Club Forest Committee Co-Chair – Ohio Forest Past, Present and Future Dave will speak about  past, present and future of Ohio Forests, threats currently facing them  and what we can do to help.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Time Presentation
10-10:45 a.m.

OSU Bee Lab Professor Sharon Treaster  “Bee Facts” Sharon will be speaking on various perspectives of bees the part they play in our eco-system.

11-11:45 a.m.

Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center, owner Chris Kline, “Introducing the Ohio Native Plant Seed Xchange”  Chris will introduce this NEW OPPORTUNITY  to grow native plants that will benefit your local pollinators.  Bring excess native seed labeled with both Latin and common names from your home or farm to share with others.  He will review stratification, growing and planting process.

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Larry & Carolyn Turner – MONARCHS & MORE….They will share how to rear Monarchs a Citizen Science Project , as well as Swallowtail Butterflies
***Visit the Monarch Tent 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. *** Monarch Release 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. ***

1-1:45 p.m.

Natives In Harmony, owner Gale Martin, “Native Color Year Round “ Gale will be sharing what native plants attract pollinators and  what plants to use for year round color.

2-2:45 p.m.

Fern Hollow Farm, owners Erik & Olivia Peterson – They will be presenting and showing photos of their Monarch Waystation and the progression of Fern Hollow Farm “Permaculture Living.”

3-3:45 p.m.

The Dawes Arboretum , Conservation Project Manager Carrie Brown and Conservation Research Technician, Livia Ranlinaitis  “Monarch Butterfly Rearing and Tagging” Come learn about the imperiled Monarch Butterfly!  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the lifecycle of this incredible species, what they can do to help, and see a live demonstration of how to tag them. Monarchs will be released after the presentation with participants. 

4-4:45 p.m.

Ohio Sierra Club, Loraine McCosker, “Updates on the Wayne National Forest. Revision Process and Other Actions.” Loraine is actively involved with Rosanne Groff, Buckeye Environmental Network and Becca Pollard, Keep Wayne Wild.  Come see what is happening! 

5-5:45 p.m. Athens Soil and Water Conservation District,  Teresa Caldwell  Conservation Education Coordinator – “ Milkweed Seed Collection & Monarch/Pollinator Habitat Building Efforts,” Teresa will speak about her efforts in Athens County in repopulating Monarchs and what we can do to help.   

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Time Presentation
10-10:45 a.m. Sarah Dalton, Regional Trainer for Monarch Watch   “Lifecycle of the Monarch”  Sarah will speak on Monarch life cycle, as well as the  tagging and releasing program through Monarch Watch.
***Visit the Monarch Tent 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. *** Monarch Release 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. ***
11-11:45 a.m.

OSU Entomologist & Photographer MaLisa Spring, “Dragons in Ohio: Documenting Our Predators” Join MaLisa Spring to learn about the Ohio Dragonfly Survey and cool dragonflies near you!

1-1:45 p.m.
Athens Area Birders, Dr. Stefan Gleissberg, “Birds What to do to Keep Them Around” Stefan will share how birds are charismatic messengers from nature. To keep them around, we also need to make friends with bugs, reduce manicured landscaping, and consider transforming our habits and thinking, step by step, to make our lives bird-compatible
2-2:45 p.m.
Ohio Wildlife Center, Stormy Gibson- Director of Wildlife Education – “Tails, Talons and Titers” Stormy will be reflecting on  a decade of change in wildlife rehabilitation.   
3-3:45 p.m.
Natives In Harmony, owner Gale Martin – “ Pollinators and Native Trees”- Gale will speak about the variety of  Ohio native trees and what pollinators they attract.

 

Book your stay at one of our hotels, cabins, B&Bs or campgrounds and enjoy the fun all weekend long.

Location
Lake Snowden

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