100% of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids Ohio's members and friends, who work on the various committees for months leading up to the Fest and on the Fest weekend from setup to clean up, are volunteers and receive NO compensation. We are so very grateful to these individuals, who give generously of their time and talents and demonstrate their love of our community and the Applebutter Fest through these efforts. If you have never volunteered at the Fest, you cannot begin to imagine just how much work goes into the planning and execution of this event!
To volunteer, please complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
A special "thank you" to our Committee chairpersons:
Apple Butter - Steve Kryder, Laura Nilsson, & Neil Box
Brats - Chuck & Tina Thomas
Children's Area - Lynne Long
Classic Cars - Randy Box
Decorations - Patti Bisher
Demonstrators & Re-Enactors - Lisa Hatfield & Jim Hogan
Entertainment - Bud Connelly & Ken Haynes
Farm Area - Dave Luttrell
Food Booths - Pam Heyman
Front Street Crafts - Kathy Hall, Megan Bachman, & Sara Davis
Newspaper Advertising - Karen Secory & Erika Stoner
Newspaper - Gretchen Sommerfeld
Parking - Chuck Thomas
Publicity - Gretchen Sommerfeld & Dave LaRoe
Sanitation & Transportation - Kelly Semer
Security & Traffic Control - Chuck Thomas
Set Up & Clean Up - Debbie Archambo
Social Media - Debi Huffman & Joe Schroeder
Trash Management - Lisa Hatfield
Treasurer - Debi Huffman
WWII Encampment - Daryl Rodney
And, especially our Applebutter Fest co-chairpersons: Steve Kryder & Chuck Thomas
There are so many ways that you can help us continue the success of Applebutter Fest! Here are just some of volunteer opportunities:
Apple Butter - peelings at Fire Station, stirring and canning at Big Stir, stirring, canning, and sales on day of Fest; Check the Community Calendar for dates, times, and locations starting September 21rst and ending October 9th
Brats Food Booth - sales on day of Fest
Bus Stop Greeters - welcome visitors at bus stops; provide directions & answer questions
Newspaper, Publicity, and Social Media - articles and photographs
Set up / Clean Up - put up / take down decorations, signs, trash containers
Volunteer Coordinator - individual to coordinate volunteer assignments & activity
If you are interested, please complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page and tell us where you'd like to volunteer. Thank you!
It takes not only people, but significant funds to provide the Applebutter Fest experience for our visitors to Grand Rapids.
Our primary sources of revenue are:
The Applebutter Fest newspaper is fully funded by the advertisers, primarily local businesses.
We are most appreciative of those, who provide financial support to the Fest.