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. 12, 2015

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. 13, 2015

Prepared dishes must be delivered to the pop-up tent just outside of the Pawpaw Tent from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm on Sunday.  You will need to have three BITE-SIZED samples available for judging by 12:45 pm.  The rest of the prepared dish will be sampled by the crowd.  Entrants in the Sauces/Condiments category are encouraged to provide a small sample containing just the sauce to be judged when they enter the sample served in combination with other foods. Click here for full details.

Pawpaw Eating Contest

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
5 p.m.
Main Stage

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 is at the Pawpaw Tent.

Pawpaw Double Nickel Bicycle Ride

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
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.

Ohio’s Hill County Heritage Area

Heritage Tent

The heritage tent will be shared with following organizations:

Schedule of activities:

Coming soon...

Upgrade Athens County Energy Village

Visit us at the Upgrade Athens County Energy Village 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.  Click here for the complete schedule.

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 p.m.

Horsedrawn Wagon Rides

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

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. Click here for the complete schedule.