Ohio Pawpaw Festival



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.

Athens County Visitor's Bureau

Athens County Visitor's Bureau

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Save the date: Sept. 14-16, 2018. The 20th Anniversary!

Mark your calendars now for the 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival, happening September 14-16, 2018.

2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 19th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival took place Sept. 15-17, 2017. 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. No Refunds; All Sales Final
Seniors 60 and over, with proper ID - $10/one-day pass; $20/weekend pass. 
No dogs allowed on festival grounds.  No weapons, outside alcohol, or illegal substances permitted.

Click here for a map of the festival grounds.


Ohio Pawpaw Festival is located at 5900 US 50 West, Albany, OH.

Announcing 2017 contest winners!

Biggest Pawpaw

Ron and Terry Powell, Cincinnati, OH
620 grams (1.4 lbs)
Variety: Potomac
Grown in Adams County, Ohio

Best Pawpaw Contest

First Place
Jerry Lehman, Terre Haute, IN
Variety: Jerry's Big Girl

Second Place
George Hale, Columbus, OH
Variety: Shenandoah

Joe Kostka, Natrona Heights, PA
Variety: Berkeley

Pawpaw Cookoff

Professional Category:

1st Place
Lutong Pinoy
Classic Pawpaw Ice Candy

2nd Place
Chelsea's Real Food
Pawpaw Mousse

3rd Place
ATown Pies and Fries
Pawpaw Jalepeno Mustard

Sauces/Condiments Category:

1st Place
Lisa Tracchia-Balkits
Pawpaw Salted Caramel Sauce

2nd Place
James Wycoff
Pawpeno Jam

3rd Place
Beth Riordan
Raspberry Pawpaw Curd

Savory Category:

1st Place
Maureen Cremeans
Wake You Up Pawpaw Oat Breakfast Bar

2nd Place
Beth Riordan
Appalachian Fusion Pork Belly w/ Pawpaw Rice

Beverages Category:

1st Place
Brynn Riordan
Peach Pawpaw Sangria

2nd Place
Brynn Riordan
Pawpaw London Fog

3rd Place
Austin Cliffe
Camp Juice

Sweets/Desserts Category:

1st Place
Susie Neal
Pawpaw Truffles

2nd Place
Beth Riordan
Pawpaw Princess Cake

3rd Place
George Hale
Pawpaw Pudding with Cream Cheese Icing


What is a Pawpaw?

The 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.

Camping at Lake Snowden

Lake Snowden will have unlimited camping areas for tents only. There will 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. (Please note that campsites with electric are SOLD OUT.)