Since 1967, one of Missouri's most popular festivals has been held on the courthouse square each year in Mt. Vernon on the second weekend of October. The main attraction is apple butter, cooked using century-old methods in huge copper kettles over open fires. That craft is demonstrated on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn starting shortly after dawn and continuing until early- to mid- afternoon each day of the festival. Booth hours are 9am - 6pm on Friday & Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sunday. The sale of apple butter has helped fund numerous charitable projects. Over 350 booths feature hand-crafted items with craftsmen demonstrating their work, games and food, from caramel apples to roasted peanuts. Your first stop at the festival should be the Chamber of Commerce's information booth, which is located on the southeast corner of the square near Hickory Street. You can pick up a free program book and check out the wealth of information available. You might also want to add to your collection Mt. Vernon collector pins, Apple Butter Makin' Days sweatshirt, T-shirt or coffee mug.
Apple Butter Makin' Days is on the 2nd weekend of October.
Renting Booth Space Booth spaces are available for hand-crafted items made by the exhibitor. We encourage people to demonstrate their craft at the booth. For information on dates, booths, craft qualifications, rental fees, etc., contact the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 373, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712, 417-466-7654, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Booth space is limited, so be sure to contact us as early as possible.