BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - Vendors offered crafts, clothing, apple butter and more apple butter as the 31st annual Apple Butter Festival kicked off Saturday in Berkeley Springs.
"It's a beautiful fall day and everybody is having a beautiful fall time," festival coordinator Beth Peters Curtin said. "Everything seems great."
About 40,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival, which continues today.
Tex Hessler of the Pleasant View Community Center was helping stir two 35-gallon kettles of apple butter on Fairfax Street. Hessler said he has been making apple butter at the festival for at least 15 years.
"Would you like to stir a round?" Hessler asked all who passed by.
The apples were washed on Friday and peeled, cored, cut and ready to go into the kettles on Saturday, Hessler said. Six pennies are put in the bottom of each kettle to prevent burning.