Your Guide To The 2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival!

Celebrate southern Ohio’s strange and wonderful indigenous fruit at the 2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival.

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This weekend, September 15 to September 17, marks the 19th annual Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio. It’s an endearing and fun filled festival dedicated to Southern Ohio’s indigenous tree fruit, the pawpaw. For those who’ve never experienced a pawpaw, it’s basically a fruit roughly the size of your fist if not bigger. Once you crack one open and taste it you’ll get a pleasant banana/mango flavor with a smooth creamy-like texture. Native Americans throughout the Eastern U.S. harvested the fruits and it was even said that they were the favorite dessert of General George Washington himself.

Ohio’s Pawpaw festival celebrates the rich history of the fruit while also acknowledging it’s growing rise in popularity. Once called “Hillbilly Mango” the pawpaw’s new stardom has given it a new nickname, the “Hipster Banana”. You’ll also have the chance to check out some pretty unique drinks and dishes. Things like pawpaw inspired beer, pawpaw smoothies, and pawpaw lemonades. So if you’re planning on making it down to celebrate the official state fruit of Ohio, here’s a guide that will help you experience all the fun stuff Pawpaw Festival has to offer.

Weather

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From Friday through Sunday you’ll have even temperatures ranging from 77° F on Friday to 84° F Sunday. The chance of rain shouldn’t exceed 10% so you should be nice and dry all weekend with partly cloudy to sunny skies.

Transportation

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Though it is a little out of the way you’ll still be able to find a shuttle option if you plan on departing from Hocking College. Pickups from the college start around 3:30 p.m. on Friday with the last bus departing the festival for the day around 12:30 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the shuttles leave much earlier, at around 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The last return trip on Saturday departs fair grounds at 12:30 a.m. while the last Sunday trip leaves at 5:30 p.m. For a more detailed look at the shuttle schedule, click here.
Official location: 5900 Old US Highway 50, Albany, OH 45710

The Fun Stuff

Friday

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The Pawpaw Tent

4:15 p.m. Pawpaw Permaculture; a walkabout with Chris Chmiel, Integration Acres
5:15 p.m. Agroforestry, Livestock, and Pawpaw, Weston Lombard, Solid Ground Farm
6:15 p.m. Pawpaw Jeopardy (pawpaw trivia game)

Ohio County Fair Tent

5:30 p.m. Medicinal Plant ID Walk

Kid’s Tent

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4-5 p.m. “Critters on the Loose” with the Deer Hill Folk Tellers Experience traditional regional folklore and old fashioned entertainment.
5-6 p.m. Pawpaw Discovery Hike with Lawrence Greene of Ugata: Explore the plants of Lake Snowden and learn native edibles, medicinals, and other useful plants.
6-7 p.m. Kids can kick contest brought to you by The Athens Soccer Academy: Test your skill at the kids’ soccer shooting contest
7-8 p.m. Humans Vs. Zombies (HVZ) brought to you by the Red Team of Athens: Nerf guns provided for first 20 participants to show up. Sock bombs for all.
8-10 p.m. Movie Night sponsored by Lake Snowden: “The Lego Movie” (PG)

Pollinator Tent

4-4:15 p.m. Barbara Velez Barbosa – Welcome
4:15-5 p.m. Dave Ackerman – Learn About Our Forest & Public Lands
5-6 p.m. Erik Peterson – Perennial Food Systems – Edible Natives

Saturday

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The Pawpaw Tent

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10:15 a.m. So You Want to Grow Pawpaws; Bob Johnson, North American Pawpaw Growers Association
11:15 a.m. Pawpaw Research Update; Dr. Robert Brannan, Food Scientist, Ohio University
12:15 p.m. Best Pawpaw Contest (winners announced after 1:15 pm presentation)
1:15 p.m. Oddities of the American Persimmon and Pawpaw and their Cultivation, Jerry Lehman, Farmer
2:15 p.m. Cooking with Pawpaws, Part 1; Sara Bir, Chef
3:30 p.m. Brewers Roundtable w/ Optional Pawpaw Beer Tasting ($20/person, tickets purchased at the event)
5:15 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)
7:15 p.m. Cooking with Pawpaws Part 2; Dave Rudie, Chef

Ohio County Fair Tent

10:30 a.m. Yoga with Erin Pfahler of Athens Yoga
11:45 a.m. Scything Workshop with John Stock
11:45 a.m. Community Food Initiatives DIY Season Extension
1p.m. Julie Zickefoose ”Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest”
2:15 p.m. Flint Knapping with Chris Miller
3:30 p.m. United Plant Savers: Forest Farming Ginseng and Other Forest Botanical with John Stock and Chip Carroll
4:45 p.m. Wool Processing Start to Finish with Heather Hoffman Delapena
6 p.m. Contra Dance Workshop with Athens Area Contra Dance

Kid’s Tent

10-11 a.m. “Critters on the Loose” 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.
12-4 p.m. Art Smash with “The Hive”: The Integrated Services The HIVE will be providing creative activities to excite your body and mind.
1-2 p.m. Appalachian Insect Explorers presented by Camp Otyokwa: Explore the world of insects and learn how to find them in your own backyard!
1-2 p.m. Community Mural Project with Artists Jacob Reid and Kasey Jones: Come splatter paint and participate in artistic expression as we co-create a giant mural.
2-3 p.m. Music and movement for kids and their families. Sing, dance and play instruments with Athens Mini Maestros
3-5 p.m. Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery”Museum Mix”: Join us for a combo of your OVMoD favorites – inspired by our Messy Science and Messy Art days!
4-5 p.m. Kids Yoga with Erin Pfaler: Come together to breathe, move, and play as we explore yoga poses and ideas. All ages welcome!
5-6 p.m. Ugata Drum Crew Kids’ Drum Circle: Come make some noise with Ugata’s African Drum Class
6-7 p.m. Sword Battle and other Boffing Games for all ages: Join us for an epic group sword fighting battle to the fake death. (borrow or buy a sword at Kids’ Tent)
6-7 p.m. Kids can kick contest brought to you by The Athens Soccer Academy: Test your skill at the kids’ soccer shooting contest
7-8 p.m. Primitive Fire Starting with Rural Action: Learn ancient techniques for cultivating fire and help us ignite the camp fire.
7:30 p.m. “Star Tales” with Kenneth Bowald: Before television and movies, people thrilled to the adventures of heroes and villains in the sky
8-10 p.m. Campfire and Star Gazing: Enjoy a night of old fashioned entertainment.

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Pollinator Tent

10 a.m. Larry & Carolyn Turner- Visit the Monarch Tent see Monarchs & MORE…
10 a.m. Jenny Richards, Naturalist – “Discoveries of Shawnee Forest”
11 a.m. Stormy Gibson from Ohio Wildlife Center – “Wild for Wildlife”
12 p.m. Craig Biegler – Moths as Pollinators
***Moths on Exhibit- Starting at 10 a.m.
1 p.m. Brandon Parks – Urban & Suburban Design Specialist
***Native Gardening – How to Attract Pollinators Year Round
2 p.m. Chris Kline – Butterfly Ridge- Basic Butterfly Gardening
*** Books by Author Chris Kline & BRCC T-Shirts For Sale
3 p.m. Sharon Treaster – Bees Various Perspectives
4 p.m. Stefan Gleissberg – Bird Conservation
5-6 p.m. Sharon Treaster – Presentation & Discussion Phenology
Relationships of Climate Change/Animals/Plant Interface
7-9:30 p.m. CHILDREN’S MOVIES – WALL-E & THE LORAX
9:30-11 p.m. COME & VIEW Moths at night by SHEET & BLACK LIGHT

East Of The River Shawnee Presents

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11 a.m. Native Ancestry & Genealogy
12 p.m. Shawnee History
1 p.m. Storytelling for Kids and Young at Heart
2 p.m. Regalia & Symbolism
3 p.m. Native Medicine & Spirituality
4 p.m. Flint Knapping & Shawnee Weaponry
5 p.m. The Drum: More than Percussion
6 p.m. Live Flute Playing
7 p.m. Primitive Fire Starting

Sunday

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The Pawpaw Tent

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. Growing the Past: How the Pawpaw and other Ancient Indigenous Fruits and Crops May Build a Resilient Food System; Dr. Paul Patton, Archaeologist, Ohio University
1:15 p.m. Pawpaw Flower Essence (with sampling); Dr. Katherine Ziff

Ohio County Fair Tent

10:30 a.m. Yoga with D.J. Fuller of Athens Yoga
11:45 a.m. DIY Biogas Digesters with Kyle Look of Squeaky Duck Farm
1 p.m. DIY Solar Generator with Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station
2:15 p.m. Clean Off-grid Energy Storage & CO2 Negative Power/Heat in Wintertime with Mark Cohen

Kid’s Tent

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10-11a.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.-12 p.m. Creative Creations with Athens County Public Libraries: Join Rachel and Laura from the Athens County Public Libraries and craft your own creation with pipe cleaners, pony beads, fabric and foam.
12-1 p.m. Community Mural Project with Artists Jacob Reid and Kasey Jones: Come splatter paint and participate in artistic expression as we co-create a giant mural.
1-2 p.m. Ssssssssnakes: Experience exotic and native snakes and learn handling, identification, and interesting facts with Jacob Sheehan.
2-3 p.m. Solar Tractor Wagon Ride brought to you by Upgrade Ohio: Take a ride on the solar powered, all electric tractor and learn about the benefits of solar electric.
3-4 p.m. Capture the flag, scramble and other field games for all ages. Bring your friends and join the RAW Summer Camp staff for some competitive fun.

Pollinator Tent

10 a.m. Sarah Dalton, Monarch Watch – Lifecycle of the Monarch
***Visit the Monarch Lady’s Tent see Monarchs & MORE…
11 a.m. Barbara Velez Barbosa, NWF – Creating a Wildlife Habitat
12 p.m. Brandon Parks – Native Color Year Round
1 p.m. Teresa Caldwell – Athens County Milkweed Seed Collection & Monarch/Pollinator Habitat Building Efforts
2 p.m. Chris Kline, Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center – Moths as Pollinators
3 p.m. MaLisa Spring – Unconventional Pollinators & Where to Find Them
4 p.m. LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE OHIO GENO-TYPE NATIVE PLANTS

East of the River Shawnee Presentation

11 a.m. Live Flute Playing
12 p.m. Medicine Bags Revealed
1 p.m. Native Women’s Rights
2 p.m. Modern Day Issues

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For more information, check out the official Ohio Pawpaw Festival website right here.

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