Activities

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.  Also in the Pawpaw Tent:

Best Pawpaw Competition

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
12:15 p.m.

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. 15, 2013
1:30 p.m.

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. 14, 2013
5 p.m.

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! Sign up for the eating contest before 4 p.m. on Saturday inside the Pawpaw Tent.

Pawpaw Double Nickel Bicycle Ride

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
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.
www.athensbicycle.com

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.

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. Click here for more information and the schedule of activities.

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.

Pawpaws for the Planet!

Through a partnership with Rural Action, the Pawpaw Festival is taking its recycling and composting efforts to the next level and striving for zero waste to landfill this year!!  That's right--nada, zip, zero.  But, you've got a job to do to help us reach this ambitious goal.  Discard your materials at the resource recovery stations located throughout the fest.  With your help, not only will our native tree fruit be the largest in the nation, but our recycling and composting rates will be huge, too!

You all know the pawpaw is a green, groovy fruit, and the festival has a reputation for being the same way.  In addition to the solar powered stage and reusable beer glasses of the past, this year's vendors have agreed to serve food on compostable service ware only.  They are 100% bought in to a new zero waste policy at the fest.  So we hope you'll buy in, too!

To make all of these efforts possible, we need some dedicated volunteers.   Volunteers get a free pass to the festival, a t-shirt, and the privilege of using one of the premier festival sorting systems in the nation. Email zerowaste@ruralaction.org if you want to help.   

To learn more about zero waste efforts in the region visit the zero waste tent at the fest or www.ruralaction.org/zerowaste.

Southeast Ohio Astronomical Society (SEOAS) - Safe Solar Viewing Days and Open Telescope Nights

SEOAS will be at the festival with specially equipped solar scopes during the day, and with regular telescopes at night,  to view sunspots, solar prominences and the waxing gibbous moon.

Open Telescopes on Friday & Saturday from 7:30 -11 pm
Safe Solar Viewing on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm
Weather dependent - clouds/rain cancels.

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 (www.cooperativeculture.org), 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.