Ohio Pawpaw Festival

This year's Ohio Pawpaw Festival logo features the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus).  It is the only species of the Eurytides (kite swallowtails) that live in the temperate zone of North America. The sole food source for the Zebra Swallowtail caterpillar is the young foliage of the pawpaw tree.

Here are some links to learn more about the Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars and pawpaws:

University of Missouri Extension: Caterpillars in Your Yard and Garden

Butterfly Garden Forum: Raising Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillars

Connections: The Pawpaw Tree and the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Chesapeak Bay Program

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly {VIDEO}



Athens County Visitor's Bureau

The Exclusive Visitors Bureau Sponsor
of the Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Please contact the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-878-9767) for more information on area lodging and dining.

2016 Ohio Pawpaw Festival: SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date for the 18th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival, happening September 16-18, 2016.

2015 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 17th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival took place September 11-13, 2015. We hope you came to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids!

Friday: 4 pm - midnight
Saturday: 10 am - midnight
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

$15/one-day pass; $30/weekend pass; children 12 & under free.
Senior Citizens Discount for guests 60 and over, with proper ID, for admission purchased at the festival gate.
ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: please note there is NO DOG PARK this year; dogs are still welcome within the camping areas.  Only service animals will be permitted on the festival grounds.

Click here for a map of the festival grounds.

Printable Festival Brochure
Download a printable 11x17 copy of the 2015 Pawpaw Festival brochure with schedule info:
Front/Back (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Inside (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Pawpaw Shuttle Information

Take the shuttle and reduce our carbon footprint! Vist our shuttle page for details on pickup locations and times.

Camping at Lake Snowden

Campsites with electric are SOLD OUT for the weekend of the festival.  However, Lake Snowden is creating overflow camping areas; these additional sites are for tents only. There will also be a camping area designated for families.  Cost is $15 per tent for one night, $22 per tent for two nights. Limited shower facilities available for registered campers only.  Click here to purchase tickets online. For other camping questions, please call Lake Snowden at 740-698-6373.

Snowville CreameryKeynote Speaker: David Wilhelm
Saturday at 3 p.m.
Upgrade Energy Village

David Wilhelm is Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Hecate Energy. As an Ohio University graduate and international energy expert, Wilhelm will focus on the importance of communities to capture the economic benefit of their spending on electricity through local generation projects and the deployment of energy efficiency strategies. David Wilhelm’s career has spanned the worlds of energy, finance, politics, academia, and public policy; in each, he has made a meaningful impact and has always been guided by the idea of doing what he can to help others fulfill their human potential.

Snowville CreameryKeynote Speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan
Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Main Stage

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the "local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Bioneers and Time magazine.

Special Guests

Snowville CreameryAndrew Moore grew up in Lake Wales, Florida, just south of the pawpaw’s native range. A writer and gardener, he now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the news editor and a feature writer for Pop City, a weekly news e-magazine in Pittsburgh, and his stories have been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Yonder, and the Biscayne Times. Pawpaw is his first book.



Snowville CreameryDarrin Nordahl is the author of Eating Appalachia and Public Produce, and has written for CNN, the Huffington Post, and Grist.org. His first taste of pawpaw forever changed his views on American cuisine, and he is now a tireless champion of flavors native to the United States. Darrin is a native of California, had lived in the Heartland for six long winters, and has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, speaking to audiences on the joys (and benefits) of eating local food.



Snowville CreamerySara Bir is the author of The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook. A native of Marietta, Ohio, Sara first encountered pawpaws after moving back to the state three years ago, and she fell in love on the spot. Sara graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and is currently food editor of the website Paste Magazine. Her work has appeared in Best Food Writing 2014 and on Serious Eats, Modern Farmer, and Lucky Peach. Her website is www.sausagetarian.com.



What is a Pawpaw?

pawpawThe pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is North America's largest native tree fruit. The fruit has a wonderful creamy texture and a tropical flavor.

Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet. The pawpaw is also super nutritious and historically significant.

Come wander the hills and discover why George Washington's favorite dessert was chilled pawpaw.