Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off slated for this weekend

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Bev Chapman, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, helps Corey Wiggins of Belpre stir apple butter Sunday during last year’s Apple Butter Stir-Off at Howes Grove Park in Belpre. This year’s event has moved to Civitan Park and will be held Saturday and Sunday.

File Photo Bev Chapman, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, helps Corey Wiggins of Belpre stir apple butter Sunday during last year’s Apple Butter Stir-Off at Howes Grove Park in Belpre. This year’s event has moved to Civitan Park and will be held Saturday and Sunday.

BELPRE — After nearly four decades, the annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off is moving from Howes Grove Park to Civitan Park on Saturday and Sunday.

The Belpre Lions Club will hold its 39th annual Apple Butter Stir Off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s event will feature concessions, crafters and vendors along with some new competitions, entertainment, and other fun things to do, said club President Debbie Marshall.

“We have brought back one of the old-time favorites, the pie eating contest, which will pit Belpre High School, Warren High School, Parkersburg South High School and Parkersburg High School football players against each other,” said Marshall, adding the contest will be 4 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, the Lions Club will begin registration at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. for the Junior Trot for Pediatric Cancer and the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. The trot will have five age divisions starting with the age of 2 to 11. All of the funds raised will go to pediatric cancer. Entry is $5 per child.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Cook-Off using apple butter in the recipe. Bring a dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert along with the recipe. Entry is $5 for each category and cooks can enter one or all categories. Pre-register or register your dish at noon.

The Belpre Women’s Club will hold its third annual Canine Companion Costume Contest at 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the entry fee is $5 per dog. There will be two categories: small Dogs up to 20 pounds and large dogs 20 pounds and over, with first through third place prizes in each. Photographs are available for $10. Proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence, Wounded Veterans Project.

Finishing off the competitions for Saturday will be a Cornhole Tournament starting at 3 p.m. It is a team of two and can be male, female or co-ed. If there is a field of 20 teams the first place team will take home $200, a plaque and T-shirts, while second and third places will receive a plaque and T-Shirt. Pre-register or register at Civitan Park by 2 p.m.

On Sunday, a Pretty Baby Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is $25 by going to the Belpre Lions Event Page on Facebook. The cost is $25 to register at the park between noon and 1 p.m. Sunday.

There will also be a children’s area with inflatable, crafts and games and a 50/50 drawing each day, along with an auction on baskets with different themes and a raffle for cornhole boards. Johnny Appleseed will make an appearance during the weekend.

Also throughout the weekend, Belpre Presbyterian Church and Boy Scout Troop 91 will be cooking apple butter over an open fire.

To pre-register for any of the competitions at the Belpre Lions Event Page on Facebook.

The entertainment schedule includes:

SATURDAY

* 11 a.m.: John Radcliff

* 1 p.m.: Cutler Station

* 4 p.m.: Levi Westfall

* 5 p.m.: Jay Mason

* 6 p.m.: Corey Galbreath

SUNDAY

* Noon: The Rev. Jimmy McKnight

* 1 p.m.: Plan B

* 3 p.m.: Jake Eddy and Steve Hussey

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