Rain drops and cool weather did not deter visitors to the annual Mt Gilead State Park Apple Butter Festival held over three days October 2-4.
Most events were held in Shelter House Number One where it was kept comfortable with the dropped canvas sides, visitors enjoyed the entertainment and the contests Apple Butter was stirred during the night hours by Cub Scouts and during the daylight hours by members of Boy Scout Troops from Iberia Johnsville and Mt Gilead. Apple butter can be purchased for $5 a pint by making contact with the number on the paper in the window of the camp store or by contacting a volunteer.
Contest winners: Apple Pie: Vickie McKinney, Mt Gilead, first; John Dean, Marion, second; and Treva Dilsaver, Marengo, third. Apple Cake: Treva Dilsaver, Marengo, first; Pat Zerman, Mount Gilead, second.
Camp site decoration: Best Fall: Gary and Treva Dilsaver, Marengo first: Most Original: Marcia Wenger, Mount Gilead, first; Best Halloween: Martin and Patricia Gahn, Fremont.
Costume winners: Kids’ costume: Funniest/Most Original: Ages: 0-1: Ellie Carey, Mt Gilead; Most Original: 0-1: Roy Nida, Cardington; Cutest: 0-1: Ryleigh Wallace, Marion; Cutest/funniest 1-2: Lisa Bojang, Cardington; Most Original: 1-2: Allyson Pierce, Mount Gilead; Scariest 1-2: Joyce Reeves, Cardington; 3-5: Cutest/funniest: Payton Thomas, Cardington; Scariest: Damon Boggs, Cardington; Most Original: Brooklyn Curtis, Mount Gilead.
Ages 6-8: Cutest Funniest: Isaiah Doles, Mt Gilead; Most Original: Kara Wenger, Fredericktown; Scariest: Eli Fissell, Johnsville; Ages 9-12: Cutest/Funniest: Brent Wallace, Marion; Most Original: Morgan Shipman Bucyrus; Scariest: Joel Conrad, Mt Gilead; ages 12-15: Funniest: Matthew Aiello, Akron; Most original: Victoria Shipman, Bucyrus; Scariest: Elizabeth Hollar, Centerburg.
Adult Costume: Funniest: Robin LaRoche, Edison; Most Original: Nancy Hale, Mt Gilead; Scariest: Treva Dilsaver, Marengo.
Pet Costume winners: Cutest/Funniest: “Ruby,” the dog owned by Treva Dilsaver, Marengo; Most Original: Jackson Knipp, dog owned by David Knipp, Mt Gilead; Scariest: Kobi Knipp, dog owned by Cheryll Knipp.
The breakfast was served by the volunteers to 445 diners on Saturday.