Fenner Nature Center's Apple Butter Festival 2013

CREATED Sep 24, 2013

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  • Click through for photos from the Apple Butter Festival in previous years. Image by Fenner Nature Center

  • Image by Fenner Nature Center

  • Image by Fenner Nature Center

  • Image by Fenner Nature Center

  • Image by Fenner Nature Center

LANSING, MI - Fenner Nature Center invites everyone to come and explore some of the natural and cultural history surrounding Michigan’s fall harvest at the 40th Butter Festival! On October 12th and October 13th from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, this FREE family-friendly celebration will embrace our ties to the land with many activities to engage visitors of all ages. 

For decades, Fenner's Apple Butter Festival has provided the greater Lansing community with an autumn activity that is educational and fun for all! Festival-goers will have the opportunity to help stir the apple butter, cooked the old-fashioned way in a copper kettle over the fire, and "Celebrity Stirrers" will be on-site to help as well. Cider press demonstrations and a pumpkin carving contest offer hands-on fun while heritage games allow visitors to see what entertainment was like before the days of technology. 

Live music from local bluegrass, folk, and acoustic musicians will be serenading visitors both days, and inside the Visitor Center, heritage artisans will be demonstrating skills ranging from wool spinning, to lace-making, to hand thrown pottery and more! "We are proud to be celebrating our 40th Apple Butter Festival this year," said Katie Woodhams, Program Manager at Fenner Nature Center. "It's great to meet people who came to the festival as a child and are now bringing their children and grandchildren to explore nature in the fall!"

School children are invited to come to Fenner the week prior to the festival for an "Apple Butter Tour" where they will learn about plants and animals that live at Fenner and even help plant an apple seed in Fenner's orchard. Children will get the opportunity to stir the copper kettle and taste apple butter too! School tours run from October 8th through October 11th. 

To schedule a tour, volunteer at the festival, or for additional information, contact Fenner Nature Center at 517-483-4224 or www.MyNatureCenter.org

Fenner Nature Center is located at 2020 E. Mt. Hope Avenue., just East of Aurelius Rd. in Lansing.