MT VERNON, MO.--- Bob Holeman has a very cool title, he's known as the apple butter boss. He's been in charge of Apple Butter Making Days in Mt. Vernon for 41 years. And cooking this much butter takes a lot of ingredients.
"12,000 lbs of apples, 50 pounds of cinnamon, 75 to 80 bags of Splenda, a ton of sugar, 28 cases of red hots," states Holeman.
Each pot contains about 360 pounds of apples. Dale Richardson has been cooking the butter for the last 25 years. He says the trick is to keep stirring.
"You can scortch the pot pretty quick. Especially when the flames start shooting up the side of the pot in the making it gets pretty testy at time," states Dale Richardson, Cook.
You also smell like smoke for several days after the festival.
"Smoke follow beauty so that makes it tough. Some can't get away from it," states Richardson.
Over the last several weeks they have made more than a thousand gallons of butter and some of it's shipped all around the world. And people love to eat it on everything.
"On cottage cheese, ice cream. They will put it on peanut butter, peanut butter and bread," states Holeman.
Over the years these guys have seen a lot of fun things during the festival. Including an apple fight between two ladies.
"They got it in each other's hair. Peels in their hair. Dont' they have apple shampoo?" asks Holeman.
"Two ladies getting in a peeling fight. One put it down her sweat shirt. They ended up wrestling. They went away hugging," states Richardson.