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Salem Apple Butter Festival 31st Annual

The Festival Committee works year round to bring you the best experience possible. Thanks to all our visitors. We look forward to seeing you this fall! We are currently updating our site and appreciate your patience.

A Time Honored Tradition

kettle2The Salem Apple Butter Festival provides live demonstrations of old fashion apple butter making. You will see the process done outdoors using copper kettles suspended over wood fire with the tasty product and canned on the spot for visitors to purchase. Other attractions include live entertainment daily, grand parade, Saturday night fireworks, food, crafts, celebrity auction and many contests including apple pie baking, quilt show, the Sam Warner Memorial 5k Run, bicycle poker ride, pet show-off, talent show, car show, and horseshoe pitching and corn hole tournaments. The festival is a drug and alcohol free event providing family fun for all ages. There is no admission charge and all entertainment is free, as well. Parking is on-street or lots. The festival is handicap accessible.

2014 Pageant Winners


Alexandria Carder, Dakota Swiger & Abbie Shepler




Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation

EQT Corporation

Town of Salem

Salem International University

Harrison County Commission

Greathouse Funeral Home


The Exponent Telegram


Dr. Joseph Audia and Associate

Salem IGA

Clarksburg Printing LLC

Cornerstone Bank

Hall Drilling, LLC

Clarence W. Mutschelknaus

Dominion Transmission

Salem EastGate Center

Salem Family Medicine



Thomas H. Fluharty, Attorney at Law

J. D. Hissem, DDS

Eaton/State Electric Supply Company

Thrasher Engineering Group

Salem Florist


Ten Mile Land, LLC

State Farm Insurance, Rob Johnson

Salem Colonial/Michels Pharmacy

Star Furniture Company

West Union Bank

Wilson Martino Dental Associates

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The Flower Shop/Fancy Fruits

Festival Highlights

Every year in early October, the Salem Apple Butter Festival is held at Depot Park in downtown Salem, drawing young and old alike to watch apple butter being made in open copper kettles over slow burning wood fires. Our rapidly growing festival has become one of the area's most exciting and anticipated events.

In addition to the great selection of arts, crafts and foods, festival patrons can enjoy quilt and apple butter judging, talent contest finals, celebrity auction, auto show, bingo, and much more!

Founded in 1988, the annual Sam Warner 5K Run is a highly popular race with its flat terrain and crushed limestone surface through the country along the North Bend Trail. Its a 5 kilometer (3.2 mile) course that starts on the rail-trail across from East Resources Building on Flinderation Road, east of Salem. The race enters into downtown Salem and ends at  Railroad Street across from Salem Post Office.

In 1999, the  Salem Apple Butter Festival  5 K Race was renamed the SAM WARNER 5 K RUN in honor  of the late Sam Warner. Mr. Warner, a racing and  fitness advocate, served as chairman of the 5 K race  from 1990 until his death in the summer of 1999.
The 1999 Race featured the largest field (173 runners) and a new course record.

We strive to keep our event entry fees and vendor booth rates affordable to allow our vendors maximum profitability and keeping our special events within the reach of all festival visitors.  Our entertainment is open to the public and free of charge!  Our festival is funded by the generous support of our Sponsors, our booth vendors, some grants and our advertisers as well as by our contest registration fees.

If you are interested in sponsorship, advertising in our program or donating to the cause, please contact us at:

Salem Apple Butter Festival
P.O. Box 293
Salem, WV 26426


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Salem Apple Butter Festival
PO Box 293
Salem, WV 26426


This website is prepared and maintained by the Apple Butter Festival Committee, a private organization who is independent of the city of Salem. The ABF assumes no liability for damages occurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, or discrepancies.