Ohio Pawpaw Festival



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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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2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 19th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will take 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; service animals excepted.  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.

2017 Shuttle Information

Take the shuttle and reduce our carbon footprint! Click here for shuttle schedule.

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

2017 Crop Update

This year's pawpaw harvest looks great so far! Expect plenty of fresh fruit for sale and to sample. (Due to the low yield in 2016, there will be fewer pawpaw food items for sale by vendors.)

Author, Artist & NPR Commentator Julie Zickefoose

Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest
Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1 p.m.in the Ohio Country Fair Tent

Julie Zickefoose writes and paints from Indigo Hill, an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. She'll be talking about her latest book, Baby Birds, which depicts nestling development day by day, from hatch to fledging and beyond, in more than 500 life-sized watercolor studies.

NEW for 2017! Raccoon Creek Slalom

Saturday, Sept. 16
1 p.m.

The Raccoon Creek Partnership is sponsoring a Canoe/Kayak Slalom at Lake Snowden on Saturday, Sept.16, at 1 p.m.  The Slalom is a fun buoy race course, challenging not just speed but a paddler's skills as well. The slalom is open to canoes and kayaks, both solo and tandem for children and adults. Children under nine must be accompanied by an adult in a boat. Participants can sign up at the Raccoon Creek Partnership booth up until the time of the event.  Canoes and kayaks will be available. Life jackets will also be provided and are required. 


2016 Ohio Pawpaw Festival Review

Kristian Campana is a one-man festival blogger, striving to share all that Ohio has to offer by means of festivals. His blog, "Ohio Festivals, Exploring Ohio Festivals one funnel cake at a time," includes schedules and reviews for more than 400 different festivals in Ohio and the neighboring states. He's attended the Ohio Pawpaw Festival three times, and served as a judge for the 2011 Best Pawpaw Competition.

Read his review from the 2016 Ohio Pawpaw Festival here.

Dear Ohio Tour

pawpawThe Ohio History Connection staff are traveling across Ohio to learn more about the people and places that make each community special, through its Dear Ohio Tour. They are looking for people from all walks of life to bring a voice to each county, and would love to hear your stories, histories and memories.

Stop by and see the Dear Ohio Tour at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1-4 p.m. inside the Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area tent.

Please join in this initiative to have your voice heard, and bring life to your county through the Ohio History Connection’s Dear Ohio Tour.

Established in 1885, the Ohio History Connection manages more than 50 historic sites and museums across the state. We preserve and share the state’s collections and archives for you and all Ohioans. We house the state historic preservation office which helps identify and preserve historic places in your community and all across Ohio. We provide education and local history services that support your students, teachers and communities.

For more information about programs and events, call 800.686.6124 or go online at www.ohiohistory.org.


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.)