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Applebutter Festival returns to Grand Rapids on Oct. 10

Volunteers peeled 2,000 apples for the first batch, set to be cooked this weekend.
Volunteers are peeling and cutting 2,000 apples for the upcoming Applebutter Festival.
Volunteers are peeling and cutting 2,000 apples for the upcoming Applebutter Festival.(Tony Geftos)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 11:34 PM EDT
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GRAND RAPIDS, Ohio (WTVG) - Call it a peeling party or a party that’s a’peelin’.

Two thousand apples were peeled and cut by volunteers in anticipation of the return of the Applebutter Festival in Grand Rapids. The pandemic canceled the signature event last year. Now, in 2021, the 44th festival is a go on October 10.

“Yeah, everybody’s looking forward to it. Not only the people in Grand Rapids, but a lot of people in people Northwestern Ohio, and a lot of people from Michigan,” said Chet Vollmar, who says he’s only missed peeling the apples for two festivals over the years.

Those who turned out for the first batch say it’s more than just apple butter that binds the community together. It’s the spirit of getting a job done together.

“Lately we haven’t seen each other as much because of, you know, everything that’s going on. So‚ it’s kind of nice to see the people in town again.” volunteer Jennifer Gardner said.

This first batch of apple butter will be cooked down this weekend. It’s expected to produce 1,300 half-pints of apple butter that will be for sale at the festival. The second batch will be cooked during the festival itself.

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