By MARLO BARNHART
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Cousins Mark Portrais and Brian Diehl may be just a couple of whippersnappers but they know where to go for a good time - the 24th annual Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival.
"I've been here every year of my life,'' said 11-year-old Brian, who lives in Forest City, N.C., but comes back to town for the festival each fall with his folks.
Thirteen-year-old Mark likewise finds himself drawn back to Berkeley Springs from Lancaster, S.C., about this time of year.
"Wouldn't miss it,'' Mark said, as the two sat on the curb outside a convenience store watching all the activities.
They saw the parade that wound through town early Saturday and launched the all-day festival centered around the time-honored tradition of boiling down tons of apples and adding a secret combination of spices to create the delicacy known as apple butter.