Record ABMD turnout takes to county seat over weekend.

Ryan Squibb

Fans of Case Wixson, 4, bring the gusto with cheers during the Mount Vernon FFA kids tractor pull event, Saturday.

Mt. Vernon Citizen of the Year and Parade Grand Marshal, Marsha Jones, is driven by here husband Sam Jones in the ABMD Parade, Saturday morning.

Livia Bowden (left), 11, was named Apple Butter Makin' Days Princess, while Madison McBaine, 17, was crowned as the Apple Butter Makin' Days Queen.

A humdinger! That’s how one could accurately describe last weekend’s Apple Butter Makin’ Days thanks to ideal weather and a record setting crowd around the Mt. Vernon square. The 56th annual event enjoyed huge attendance on opening day, Friday, Oct. 7, with even more people on hand Saturday and Sunday, as is usually the case.
Mt. Vernon Area Chamber of Commerce director Brittni Bates was confident the turnout was record breaking.
“I haven't received a hard number yet, but I do know attendance was more than what it was last year at an estimated 90,000,” Bates said. “Returning vendors to the festival know what kind of crowd to expect and prepare for at Apple Butter Makin' Days, and more food and craft vendors sold out than ever before. We had a record attendance on the opening day which led to record attendance for the entire weekend, and many of our vendors had record sales. The parade had an increase in entries than the previous year, as well.”
Bates attributes the success of the festival to the team effort from the community.
“As my first Apple Butter Makin' Days serving as Director of the chamber, I was blown away by the dedication, unity, support and encouragement from everyone-- the ABMD committee, chamber Board of Directors, volunteers, the city of Mt. Vernon, Public Works Department, organizations, businesses, and residences alike,” Bates said. “I have never seen anything quite like it, and I'm honored, humbled and grateful to serve in this capacity. A special thank you to our city and county police departments and first responders for keeping us all safe!”
Bates added that the group is looking to improve the event in 2023.
“We already have plans to make 2023 ABMD even better, including having ATMs on site, more shuttles, more parking and more services to better handle the crowds in hopes to help alleviate some of the congestion and minimizing some potential risks.”
Apple Butter Makin’ Days 2023 will be held Oct. 13-15, 2023. Make plans now.


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