Historical re-enactments, pioneer demonstrations, crafts, music, food,
and family fun along the beautiful Maumee River


ABF Antique Car Display

Welcome to the Classic Cars display at the Applebutter Fest! Featured are some of the finest restored and antique automobiles in the area. Participants include the River City Rodders of Napoleon, Roberts Auto Restoration of Toledo, and many individuals who appreciate the design of automobiles from times gone by.

Walk around the cars and take in the finely-tuned engines, the sleekly polished bodies and chrome trim, and the luxurious style of the classic cars and trucks. The owners will be happy to tell you about the restoration process, and it's a great chance to learn about automotive history. From flaming hot rods to the charm of the antique vehicle, you don't have to be a car nut to appreciate the classics—they just don't make 'em like they used to!

If you are interested in bringing your classic car to the Fest, please contact Randy Box at 419-832-6214 or grbox1@verizon.net . Include your contact information and the year, make, model, color, and any special features of your restored vehicle. There is no fee to participate.

Classic Cars Guidelines:

  • All vehicles must be at least 25 years old.
  • Vehicles must be street legal.
  • Please have your vehicle in place at 8 am on the Sunday of the Fest, and plan to stay until around 5 pm.
  • Vehicles may be brought in by trailer.
  • Parking passes will be mailed to you before the Fest. We look forward to seeing your 4-wheeled beauty!

ABF Antique Farm Display

Welcome to the Antique Farm Display! This area provides entertainment for kids of all ages. From antique tractors and equipment to corn shelling, grinding, and sifting, this area will remind everyone of their younger days. Hand-grinding corn is always fun for the kids….parents usually have to drag the kids away. Who would have thought work from days gone by would be fun?

It is the cornmeal demonstration that gathers so much attention from everyone. We first shell the ears of corn.  This can be done by hand, by hand crank, or a belt-driven sheller. The sheller is obviously much faster. Once the corn is shelled, the belt is shifted to a grinder where the kernels of corn are ground into a fine mixture. To get the cornmeal, the mixture is sifted to separate the larger particles ("middlings") from the finer particles "meal"). This fresh cornmeal is then bagged and sold. We provide recipes and strongly suggest that you store the preservative-free cornmeal in the freezer.

If you have never visited this area of the festival you should make it a point to stop by and talk with the demonstrators. We are always willing to share our stories. Thank you for visiting our town by the river!

Do you have a piece of antique farm equipment you'd like to bring to the Fest? There is no fee to participate but we do need to hear from you in advance.

Due to the heavy traffic and tens of thousands of people that attend the Applebutter Fest it is important to note that there are certain guidelines that must be followed.

  • Any display in the Farm Area must be set up either on Saturday after 12 pm or Sunday morning before 6:30 am.
  • Nothing can be removed from the area until at least 5:30 pm. This area gets extremely crowded during the day and especially at the end of the festival as people from the canal area filter through the Farm Display area as they are trying to pack up their equipment. Your vehicles and any large trailers will need to be parked in one of the outlying lots.

For further information or to discuss any ideas please contact Dave Luttrell at Davewd45@yahoo.com .

We thank you for your interest in being part of the Antique Farm Display!


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