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It's Berkeley Springs churn to host Apple Butter Festival

October 09, 2005|By TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA.

The early morning drizzle turned into a steady rain Saturday and forced the cancellation of the parade that normally kicks off the annual Apple Butter Festival.

Armed with umbrellas, ponchos and other rain gear, the estimated crowd of 5,000 was not discouraged from checking out the simmering apple butter being made in the center of town or what the vendors were selling in their booths at the festival, now in its 32nd year.

A crowd showed up in front of the Morgan County Courthouse for the annual turtle race.

About 50 people watched a turtle named Crush win first place. Crush beat out six other turtles and is owned by Treyvor Mowery, 2, of Berkeley Springs. This is Treyvor's first race, said his parents, Chandra and Jason Mowery.

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Bob Bellissimo, who conducted the turtle race and is a volunteer with the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, said the turtle race is something for children to participate in at any age.

"We have a lot of fun with the adults, too," he said.

The turtle race has been held annually since 1974.

Jeanne Mozier, vice president of the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, said the bright side of a rainy festival was it was easier to get across the street and there were no long lines at the food vendors.

Those who came out despite the rain were "hard-core Apple Butter Festival attendees," Mozier said.

Mozier said if the weather is better today, the festival should bring out a good crowd.

More than 30,000 people attended the two-day festival last year.

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