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}

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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.

The 16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 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!

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

$10.00/one-day pass; $20.00 /weekend pass; children 12 & under free.
ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: please note there is NO DOG PARK this year; dogs are still welcome within the camping areas.  Only service animals will be permitted on the festival grounds.

Free Shuttles & Parking Options

Please read carefully as parking and shuttle arrangements have changed.

Due to the growth of the festival, and the limits of Lake Snowden, parking on the festival grounds is at a premium. Please take the free shuttles from Athens and Albany if at all possible; this is especially critical on Saturday.

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 E. State St.; and at the field across from the Marathon gas station on Washington Rd. in Albany. Free parking in Albany and the shuttles from there are on Saturday only. Do not park in the field on Friday or Sunday. Buses will pick up at the lower level of Baker Center.

From Athens
Departs Baker Center at 10 minutes before the hour starting at 3:50 pm on Fri.,9:50 am on Sat. & Sun. Departs Athens Community Center every hour starting at 4 pm on Fri.,10 am on Sat. & Sun. Returns to Athens every hour starting at 4:30 pm on Fri.,10:30 am on Sat. & Sun.

Saturday only: an additional bus will be running every half hour from Athens, starting at 1:20 pm and running until approximately 8:30 pm

Continuous shuttles starting at 9:50 am

On Friday & Saturday, the last bus will depart the festival at 12:30 am; on Sunday, the last bus will depart at 5:30 pm.

All times are approximate; please allow for traffic and weather.

Because of the parking constraints, on Saturday only, priority parking will be given to the handicapped, elderly and families with young children. Those camping during the festival also will be allowed access. All other day visitors on Saturday will be directed to the Albany lot where parking is free and the shuttle to the fest will run all day.

On Friday and Sunday, parking at Lake Snowden will be open to all visitors.
Motorcycles may park on the festival grounds all weekend.

Thank you for working with the festival and Lake Snowden. We appreciate your cooperation in making the event safe for all.

Keynote Speaker Joel Salatin – Local Food to the Rescue

Sunday, September 14 at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage
Joel Salatin and his family operate Polyface, Inc., a family-owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley; their mission is to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.  Mr. Salatin has authored nine books, and his family's farm produces We produces Salad Bar Beef, Pigaerator Pork, Pastured Poultry (Eggs, Broilers, Turkeys), Forage-Based Rabbits and Forestry Products.

1-2 p.m.           Local Food to the Rescue on the Main Stage
2-2:30 p.m.      Q&A with Joel Salatin in the Ohio Country Fair Tent
2:30-4 p.m.      Book signing with Joel Salatin in the Ohio Country Fair Tent

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. 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.

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!

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.



2014 Pawpaw Festival Sponsors

We are incredibly grateful for our many sponsors. Their donations make this educational and entertaining festival possible. Please click on their logos below to learn more about these local businesses. 

Lead Sponsor



Integration Acres

Dovetail Solar and Wind

Third Sun Solar
Kleinpenny Rentals
Athens County Visitor's Bureau



Snowville Creamery

Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area
Integrated Services


The Athens News


Kevin Morgan Studio

Athens Bicycle




The Farmacy

Casa Nueva

West End Ciderhouse
Companion Plants
Wolftree Winery
Uptown Dog
Jack's Septic

Athens-Hocking County
Solid Waste District

Sand Ridge