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Applebutter Fest back for 42nd year in Grand Rapids


    People walk the streets of Grand Rapids during last year's Applebutter Festival. This year's event takes place Sunday.

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    Applebutter bubbles from the heat during the Applebutter Festival last year in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

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Applebutter bubbles from the heat during the Applebutter Festival last year in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

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The Applebutter Fest in Grand Rapids, Ohio, is back for its 42nd year on Sunday. In addition to making and enjoying apple butter, highlights of the festival include historical re-enactments, pioneer demonstrations, crafts, live music, food, and family friendly activities.

Festivities take place along the Maumee River in Grand Rapids between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $15 per vehicle, which covers operating costs of the festival.

For a venue map or more information, go to applebutterfest.org.

■ The Oak Harbor Apple Festival welcomes guests for a 40th year on Saturday and Sunday.

A royal court will be crowned at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a grand parade at 2 p.m. and family friendly activities throughout the day. “Applepalooza” begins at 8 p.m. with live bands and a beer tent; Applepalooza admission is $5. A pie-eating contest, 5-K run and walk, and car show are among the highlights on Sunday.

For a full schedule and more information, go to oakharborohio.net/​events/​apple-festival. Hours begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Festival admission is free.

■ It’s time for the Halloween edition of a quirky craft show. Oddmall: Hallowondrous brings artists and vendors to the SeaGate Convention Centre on Saturday and Sunday, as well as live entertainment, trick-or-treating and games, activities and attractions based on monsters, makeup, and more.

Oddmall runs 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The convention center is at 401 Jefferson Ave. Admission is free.

For more information, go to bit.ly/​2C3HiCm.

■ Metroparks Toledo hosts a Spooktacular Shoot between 6 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Westwinds Metropark in Springfield Township. Flashlights, headlamps, and costumes are encouraged at the Halloween-themed archery shoot.

Those with their own equipment can test their skills on a zombie course. Gear will be provided to beginners ages 8 and older on a static range. Snacks and a campfire are also provided.

There is no cost to attend. Westwinds Metropark is at 9918 Geiser Rd., Springfield Township. For more information, go to bit.ly/​2A0SlKV.

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