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Mt. Vernon's Apple Butter Makin' Days draws more than forty-thousand people. Some travel across the country to attend.
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During the parade, various floats travel by festival-goers on the second day of the festival.
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Service men and women carry the stars and stripes during the parade.
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The drum core from the high school marching band performs during the parade.
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The Lawrence County Courthouse is at the heart of the festivities. The statue of Lady Justice sits atop one of the state's most unique courthouses. During business hours at the courthouse, visitors can see artifacts from the historic Missouri State Sanatorium, which is now closed.
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Performances highlight the entertainment at the festival.
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Potters Wheel, one of many musical acts during the weekend, perform their down-right tasty finger-pluckin' bluegrass and folk tunes.
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Not all floats at the parade are powered or pulled by engines. A few, of course, need a horse.
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Michael Bateman stirs a mixture that will become apple butter on the courthouse lawn. The process typically takes about twelve hours.
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Bobby Archer mans one of the celebration's many eateries.
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Lola's Vintage Market, along with other locations like the Carriage House, are open to the public during Apple Butter Makin' Days. Lola's carries trinkets and crafts.
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Heather Scharbach, owner of That Crazy Red Head's Bakery, serves a few Red Hat Society members who are taking a few bites during a break from the festival.
Photos by Bruce Stidham
During Apple Butter Makin' Days, tens of thousands of people converge in the quaint community of Mt. Vernon for a three-day festival that includes games, rides, a parade, and, as its namesake alludes, tons of apple butter cooked in large kettles on the courthouse lawn. The shops, restaurants, and other area attractions also want to show their best side, so fall is a fun time to visit this Southwest Missouri town.
Explore this slideshow, and experience last year's festivities. The 2014 festival starts on Friday, October 10, and runs until Sunday, October 12. Click here for more information.