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.
Service dogs permitted on festival grounds all weekend; other dogs restricted to designated areas. ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: please note there is no dog park this year; dog-sitting will be available.  Details will be posted when available.

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

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.

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

Many thanks to our sponsors, who make the festival possible!

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

Uptown Dog
Companion Plants
Wolftree Winery
  West End Ciderhouse