Pawpaw Tent

The Pawpaw Tent will be the place to be if you're interested in learning about the pawpaw. Smell, touch, and most importantly taste this wonderful tropical flavored fruit that's been growing in America for thousands of years. Pawpaw growers from across the country, like Integration Acres and Peterson Pawpaws, will have their best fruit. Taste samples of select varieties, purchase fruit to take home, buy trees to plant and talk with pawpaw researchers and experts. Members of the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association (OPGA) and the PawPaw Foundation will all help answer your pawpaw questions. A full lineup of presentations and activities are planned to discuss pawpaw growing, cooking, genetics, medicinal uses and other topics related to sustainability. 

Best Pawpaw Competition

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

The Best Pawpaw Competition is the annual event that recognizes the many nuances of pawpaw flavors and characteristics abounding in select and "wild" pawpaw varieties. How does one talk about and describe this delicate flavor? What makes this a good pawpaw? What makes this a bad pawpaw? This year's event will include plaques and cash prizes - $100 for first prize, $75 for 2nd prize and $50 for 3rd prize, plus bragging rights. $50 also will be awarded to the largest pawpaw. Click here for full details.

Pawpaw Cook-off

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

To compete in this year's cook-off, you must submit your recipes using the online form, or turn them in to the Integration Acres stall at the Athens Farmers Market by no later than September 1.  Our categories are capped at 10 entries each this year.  If you are selected by our panel of judges to compete, you will be notified by September 5.  You may enter as many recipes in as many categories as you like. Click here for full details.

Pawpaw Eating Contest

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Don't miss this festival spectacle!  Every year, ten pawpaw fanatics compete by slurping pawpaw pulp with hands behind the back, making sure to eat the pulp off of every seed!

Pawpaw Double Nickel Bicycle Ride

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Start any time from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

This 55-mile road ride starts and ends at the fest, taking you from Albany on a circle tour around Zaleski State Forest. Enjoy challenging climbs, ridgetop views and sweet downhills, all along the Raccoon Creek Watershed. A rest stop awaits you at the halfway point. There is also a shorter 20-mile loop option.

On-site rider registration will be at the festival from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – get started on the ride any time during those hours. The rest stop will be set up until 2 p.m.

The self-guided, self-paced ride is included in the price of the festival admission fee, and includes a map of the ride, marked turns on the roads and the aid station.

Ohio Country Fair Tent

Each year the festival's Ohio Country Fair Tent hosts educational workshops on homesteading/sustainable living. This year's topics include sustainable energy, storytelling, fermentation, beekeeping, landscaping, tai chi, home brewing and LOTS more. Click here for the complete schedule.

Baby Changing/Nursing Tent

The Le Leche League and the Athens Birth Circle will be sponsoring a baby changing/nursing tent this year.

Pawpaw Gauntlet Obstacle Course

A two-person team race through a maze of challenging obstacles, will test your strength, agility, intellect, determination, and cooperative skills. Can you sprint, climb, vault, swing, scurry, vault, carry, jump, throw, dodge, and think on your feet? Many will try, but only two will be Pawpaw Gauntlet Masters. This obstacle course sprint features over 20 obstacles in less then 1 mile.

The 2nd Annual Pawpaw Open

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Elm Golf Course, 3950 Ladd Ridge Rd., Athens, OH 45701

The 9-hole tournament will kick off with a shotgun start at 2:30 p.m. The entry fee is only $25, which includes green fees and a cart. Clubs can be rented at the course for a small fee. Refreshments will be available. Teams or individuals can be accommodated. Proceeds will benefit the PawPaw Foundation. For more information, contact Rob Brannan at

The Elm Golf Course, established in 1920, has provided a golfing for over 90 years. This 9- hole course, set in the beautiful hills of Southeastern Ohio, is less than 5 miles from Lake Snowden. Now under new ownership, the course is undergoing extensive improvements.

Getting there:
Pawpaw Express will take you to the course. Ask your driver.

DRIVING FROM THE FESTIVAL OR POINTS WEST: Take OH-32 E/US-50 E (towards Athens). After 2 miles, turn right onto Co Rd 19A/Enlow Rd, which becomes Co Rd 19/Hebbardsville Rd. Stay right onto Williams Rd (Co Rd 56). After 1.5 miles, turn left onto Co Rd 76/Ladd Ridge Rd, golf course is on your right.  FROM ATHENS: Take US-50 W/OH-32 W. Turn left onto Co Rd 17/Fisher Rd. After 2 miles, turn right onto Co Rd 76/Ladd Ridge Rd. Golf course is on your left.

Fluid  Yoga - SUP and SUP Paddling Excursions by Inhale Yoga Studio

Join the teachers of Inhale Yoga Studio for Fluid Yoga – SUP classes and IYS staff member, Keith Wilde for SUP Paddle Excursions.   SUP is short for Stand Up Paddleboard.  These boards are 10’6” and built for stability and glide on the water.  Whether you are interested in taking your yoga to the water or just exploring the waters and shores of Lake Snowden, SUP with IYS is easier and more fun than you can imagine.  Group yoga classes and paddling excursions will be available to book in advance and at the Inhale Yoga vendor table for Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5:30 pm.   Classes and paddling excursions are limited to 6 people and will likely fill up quick.  Pre-registration is recommended. Click here for more information.

Ohio’s Hill County Heritage Area

Heritage Tent

The heritage tent will be shared with following organizations:

Schedule of activities:

A. The following films shown from 12:00 – 5:00 PM Daily

  1. A Forest Returns, Narrated by Ora Anderson
  2. The Barn Builders, Pennsylvania Settlers in Ohio
  3. Saltboxes & Schools, The New England Landscape of Ohio
  4. Log Cabins & Castles, Virginia Settlers in Ohio, Narrated by Hubert Wilhelm

B. Southeastern Ohio Astronomical Society will have telescopes on-site for viewing the Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the Stars each afternoon and evening, weather permitting.

Renewable Energy Coop Tent

Visit us at the “Renewable Energy Coop” tent for a series of informative presentations about energy and related topics. ARECC (Appalachian Renewable Energy Consumer Coops) is organizing a network of energy cooperatives in Appalachian Ohio to help member households transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. First, we'll reduce energy consumption by conservation practices and then replace the remaining energy used with energy from renewable sources such as wind or solar.  Sponsored by the Center for the Creation of Cooperation (, a non-profit operating in Southeast Ohio. For more information, please call (740) 541-5340.  Come on by for some good conversation and tips on joining with like-minded folks to reduce your energy bill while helping the environment.  Speakers and topics will be posted at the Energy Tent during Pawpaw.

Balloon Fun

Patty Mitchell & Robert Lockheed create amazing things out of balloons! They will be roving the festival grounds on Friday and Saturday from 4 - 7 pm.

Horsedrawn Wagon Rides

John Hutchison of Albany will take his horse drawn wagon on rides around scenic Lake Snowden on Friday from 5 – 9 pm, Saturday from 4 – 8 pm and Sunday from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Hocking Woods Nature Center Snake Tent

Dave Sagan will have his collection of snakes and other species on display (and some for touching!) throughout the weekend. Weather dependent - temperatures unfavorable to snakes cancels.

Atlatl Throwing & Competition

There will be family fun all day with the International Atlatl Association’s teaching and throwing area. Learn about this ancient device and how to throw it.

Antique Pedal Cars for Kids

Your kids won't want to miss this!

East of the River Shawnee Tribe

Regional Native Americans will complement the festival with traditional storytelling, drumming and singing, talks on native medicine and American Indian wisdom, plus demonstrations on flintknapping, fire starting, and many other native survival skills.

The East of the River Shawnee Tribe, out of Greenville, Ohio, are Shawnee by blood, traditionalists by choice. They gather multiple times a year to hold sacred ceremonies and councils. Their culture and traditions are of great importance, and they work hard to teach not only their youth but the public and any with a good heart and good mind who wish to learn. They are proud to carry the ways of their ancestors into this modern age with dignity, balance and respect for all.

Ohio Frontier Camp

Join this 1790s encampment all weekend to experience life as it once was; stories and demonstrations will be offered all weekend throughout the day.