September 12–14 2014, 4pm–4pmWhere
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Celebrate the state’s official native fruit – the pawpaw. The three-day event will highlight Pawpaw music, local food and craft beers, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and kids’ activities.
The pawpaw is a nutritious fruit that is known for its creamy texture, similar to a banana or mango, and tropical flavor. In fact, the pawpaw has a stronger nutritional value than apples, peaches and grapes, and is high in protein. Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting pawpaw patches in the world.
Local food fare will include: Pawpaw quesadilla with pawpaw salsa; Sate (chicken kebab) with pawpaw peanut sauce; BBQ ribs, gourmet burgers, Italian sausage, wood-fired pizza and other grilled specialties with pawpaw sauces; pawpaw smoothies; maple pawpaw scones and breads; pawpaw funnel cakes; and more! In addition, a beer garden will feature six Ohio microbreweries, all with a different style of pawpaw beer. Domestic beers and non-alcoholic pawpaw soda will also be offered.
Special attractions and activities at the 2014 festival include:
· A full lineup of local and regional performers and bands will entertain audiences on the main stage during all three days of the festival.
· Activities and contests, such as the Best Pawpaw Competition, Pawpaw Cook-Off, Pawpaw Eating Contest, Pawpaw Double Nickel Bicycle Ride, Fluid Yoga with Inhale Yoga Studio, and the 2nd Annual Pawpaw Open.
· The Ohio Country Fair Tent, which will hold educational workshops on sustainable living, including how to plan a fall garden, forest gardening, seed saving, needle felting, sustainable networking, etc.
· The Kids’ Tent will feature a giant inflatable bounce house, hourly activities, the Pawpaw Gauntlet Obstacle Course, traditional crafts, discovery hike, storytelling with The Deer Hill Folk Tellers, periodic performances, athletics and additional activities.
· A community marketplace will feature arts and crafts available for sale, horse-drawn wagon rides, balloon fun, atlatl throwing, the Hocking Woods Nature Center Snake Tent, antique pedal cars for kids, and Ohio Frontier Camp.
· The East of the River Shawnee Tribe will complement the festival with traditional storytelling, drumming and singing in addition to demonstrations on flintknapping, fire starting, and many other native survival skills.
Festival hours are 4 p.m. – midnight on Friday; 10 a.m. – midnight on Saturday; and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission for the event is $10 for a one-day pass or $20 for the entire weekend. Children 12 and under are free. A free shuttle service will be provided at the Ohio University’s Baker Center and the Athens Community Center on East State Street.
For more information about the Pawpaw Festival or for a complete schedule, visit www.ohiopawpawfest.com.