Batesvillians will host their annual Apple Butter Days, celebrating its 38th year, on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, at Page’s Field across from the post office.
Batesville residents will be cutting wood for the fires, hauling in tents and chairs and doing set-up on Friday evening starting at 4 p.m. Volunteers are invited. Peeling and cutting apples will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and continue until around 5 p.m. when the stirring will begin. Stirring the butter, keeping the fires going, and storytelling will take place through the night until 10 a.m. Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the apple butter will be canned and labeled. Sales will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 2 p.m. Pints are $5 and quarts are $8.
The famous Batesville apple butter pancake breakfast will take place on Sunday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Pancakes are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Local musicians will provide entertainment.
Everyone is invited and welcome to come help with production of the apple butter. Batesville apple butter is made the old-fashioned way in giant copper kettles over wood fires. Pennies are placed in the kettles to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom, but constant stirring is required.
Anyone interested in helping should email [email protected] Sign up for stirring is also available at the Batesville Post Office. The Batesville committee thanks the Page family for use of the field, Crown Orchard for the apples and Parkway Pharmacy for the special spices.