Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off set for weekend

BELPRE — Four decades in the making, the 40th annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off will be Saturday and Sunday at Civitan Park. The event will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday with concessions, crafters and vendors, live entertainment and activities.

After many years at Howes Grove Park, the Stir Off moved in 2017 to Civitan Park and the change in venue has been very positive, Belpre Lions Club President Debbie Marshall said. “We simply outgrew our original location.”

“It went really well last year,” Marshall said of the venue change, adding more vendors, crafters and exhibitors can be accommodated at Civitan Park, along with more parking.

A variety of activities will be featured at this year’s Stir Off. A long-time staple of the event, which was brought back for last year’s event, is the pie eating contest. This year, the Belpre Police Department and the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department will compete at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Apple of Your Eye Pageant is also returning this weekend at 3 p.m. Saturday. It is open to girls from the age of 4 to 16 who live within a 30 mile radius of Belpre.

The Belpre Women’s Club will hold its fourth annual Canine Companion Costume Contest at 2 p.m. Saturday. 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.

On Sunday, a Pretty Baby Contest will be held at 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is $25 by going to the Belpre Lions Event Page on Facebook. The cost is $30 at the park between noon and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Belpre Presbyterian Church and Boy Scout Troop 91 will be cooking apple butter over an open fire.

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Entertainment Schedule

SATURDAY

* 10 a.m.: Opening ceremony; Hanah Dawkins

* 10:15 a.m.: Yo-Yo Elite

* 10:30 a.m.: Elvis Tribute Artist Jim Forshey

* 12:30 p.m.: P.A.C.E.

* 12:45 p.m.: BFH Band

* 1:45 p.m.: Marietta Marquettes

* 2 p.m.: GFWC Belpre Women’s Club Fourth Annual Canine Companion Costume Contest

* 3 p.m.: Apple of Your Eye Pageant

* 4:30 p.m.: Gymniks

* 4:45 p.m.: John Kunze

* 5:45 p.m.: Class Act Clogging

* 6 p.m.: Cutler Station

* 7 p.m.: Closing

SUNDAY

* 11 a.m.: Belpre Band

* Noon: Buckeye Allstars

* 12:15 p.m.: Sherry Wilson Band

* 1:30 p.m.: Apple Butter Stir Off Pretty Baby Pageant

* 3 p.m.: Belpre Cheerleaders

* 3:15 p.m.: Levi Westfall

* 4:15 p.m.: Joshua Lee

* 5:15 p.m.: Pie Eating Contest

* 5:30 p.m.: Auction winners drawing

* 6 p.m.: Closing

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