The air is filled with the scent of apples simmering in huge copper pots over an open fire.
Homemade donuts are frying nearby.
Heard are the sounds of an old hit-and-miss motor running an ice-cream machine.
Happy sounds of children playing and laughing abound as they ride the train.
People are visiting and buying jars of apple butter and homemade pies.
What is being described?
It’s the 30th annual Apple Butter Day, which arrives on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Ozark Mennonite School, located about 3-1/2 miles east of Seymour on Peewee Crossing Road, about one mile south of U.S. 60.
The celebration gets under way at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast served until 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring chicken-noodle soup or chili with homemade bread and a slice of pie or barbecued chicken with scalloped potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade bread.
Arriving at 1 p.m. is the indoor auction, held rain or shine, in the school’s gymnasium. Sold at the auction are a wide variety of handmade items, including handcrafted furniture and quilts.
Featured throughout the morning and afternoon are free food samples and lots of family fun, including a train ride through the woods on the “Apple Butter Express” and the aforementioned homemade ice cream.
Numerous baked goods will be sold at Apple Butter Day, organizers added.
Also sold will be the school’s new cookbook, “Given To Hospitality II.”
Early attendance is encouraged to receive the best selection of homemade baked goods.
All proceeds from the annual celebration benefit the Ozark Mennonite School.
Each year, the celebration draws thousands of visitors.
Admission and parking are free.
To reach the school, take U.S. 60 east from Seymour for 2-1/2 miles, then turn right (south) on Peewee Crossing Road and travel for one mile.