Ohio Pawpaw Festival


This year's Ohio Pawpaw Festival logo features the caterpillar of 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 this 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}

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.

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The 16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

The 16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will take place September 12-14, 2014. 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!

Hours
Friday: 4 pm - midnight
Saturday: 10 am - midnight
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

Admission
$10.00/one-day pass; $20.00 /weekend pass; children 12 & under free.
Service dogs permitted on festival grounds all weekend; other dogs restricted to designated areas.

Take the Shuttle and Reduce Our Carbon Footprint!

Hocking College is providing FREE shuttle service from the following pick-up points: in Athens at Ohio University's Baker Center and at the Athens Community Center on East State Street. Polite, leashed dogs are also welcome to ride.  Stay tuned for shuttle schedule.

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. Click here to purchase tickets online. For other camping questions, please call Lake Snowden at 740-698-6373.


How To Get To The Festival

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is held at Lake Snowden near Albany, which is located about six miles west of Athens on US 50/SR 32. It is about 2 hours from Columbus, 3 hours from Cincinnati and 4 hours from Cleveland.

Traveling from the north
Take US 33 south into Athens. As you approach Athens, stay on US 33 , which merges with the bypass of US 50 W/SR 32 W. Follow US 50 W/SR 32 W heading toward Albany. Look for signs for Lake Snowden Drive, and turn right into the park area.

Traveling from the south
Take US 33 heading northwest toward Athens. As you enter Athens, look for signs for US 50 W/SR 32 W. There will be a BP gas station on the right, and another gas station on the left. Turn left here on Albany Road, which will put you on US 50 W/SR 32 W. Follow US 50 W/SR 32 W heading toward Albany. Look for signs for Lake Snowden Drive, and turn right into the park area.

Traveling from the east
Follow US 50/SR 32, heading west toward Athens. As you enter Athens, you will get on the bypass around the city (US 33/US 50 W/SR 32 W). Follow US 50 W/SR 32 W heading toward Albany. Look for signs for Lake Snowden Drive, and turn right into the park area.

Traveling from the west
Take US 50/SR 32 heading east toward Athens. About a mile or two south of Albany, turn left onto Lake Snowden Drive into the park.

Festival Address

Lake Snowden
5900 US 50
Albany, OH 45710
740-698-6373

Contact Info

Ohio Pawpaw Festival
9794 Chase Road
Albany, Ohio 45710
(740) 698-6060
pawpawfest@gmail.com

Athens County Visitor's Bureau

Please contact the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-878-9767) for more information on area lodging and dining.

Save the Date for next year's festival!

The dates for the 17th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will be September 11-13, 2015. Mark your calendars now!