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.

2015 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 17th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will take place September 11-13, 2015. We hope you come 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.
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.

Announcing the 2014 winners!

Best Pawpaw Contest

1st place: Deanna Powell, Variety: Lynn's Favorite
2nd place: Barb Lehman, Variety: 275-48
3rd place: Mark Lehman, Variety: 250-30

Biggest Pawpaw Contest

Jerry Lehman, Variety: 250-39

Pawpaw Cookoff

1st place: Dry Pawpaw Wine , John C. Maxson
2nd place: Sweet Pawpaw Wine, John C. Maxson
3rd place: Pawpaw Wine, Richard Dean

1st place: Pawpaw Mustard , Charles Richmond
2nd place: Pawpaw Cock Sauce, Lisa Trocchia
3rd place: Pawpaw Hot Mustard, Kim Hobbs

1st place: Pawpaw Chipotle Tamales, Michelle Ajamian
2nd place: Pawpaw Pepper Mustard Dip, Kim Hobbs
3rd place:Pawpaw Sweet Potato Patty, Carole Schloss

1st place: Pawpaw Custard Struesel Pie, Jestie Moore
2nd place: Perfect Pawpaw Sorbet & Cookie, George Hale
3rd place: Tamal Dulce del Appalachia, Lisa Trocchia

Professional Category
1st place: Pawpaw Mousse, Chelsea's Real Food
2nd place: Pawpaw White Chocolate Macadamia Delight, Dogs Gone Wild
3rd place: Pawpaw Habanero Sauce, Dogs Gone Wild

Best Pawpaw Art

Congratulations to Amy Broderick, winner of the 16th Annual 2014 Ohio Pawpaw Festival Best Pawpaw Art award! This Pawpaw Fairy is needle felted out of wool and has wings made of wool felt and mica.  Amy Broderick makes many items including fairies and custom requests. You can find her studio, QuietSide Arts, on Etsy and Facebook or contact her at quietsidearts@gmail.com

Pawpaw Fest 2014 

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.

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.



2015 Pawpaw Festival Sponsors

We are incredibly grateful for our many sponsors. Their donations make this educational and entertaining festival possible. Please click on their logos below to learn more about these local businesses. 

Lead Sponsor

Kleinpenny Rentals



Integration Acres

Third Sun Solar

Athens County Visitor's Bureau


Snowville Creamery

Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area
Integrated Services


Kevin Morgan Studio