The Fairhope Museum of History will celebrate the humble elderberry at the 7th annual Elderberry Festival August 8 at the museum on Section Street in downtown Fairhope. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at the museum, with demonstrations, tastings, a pie-eating contest, music, and more throughout the day.

The seventh annual Elderberry Festival is back at the Fairhope Museum of History on Aug. 8.

The seventh annual Elderberry Festival is back at the Fairhope Museum of History on Aug. 8.

The public is invited to submit homemade elderberry goodies for the Elderberry Cook-off Contest, with ribbons awarded in different categories for the best elderberry pie, cake, bread, jam, jelly, juice, jello, and butter, as well as other elder-flower creations.

“The elderberry is essentially a lowland weed, but it is prevalent in Baldwin County and it’s been used for generations to cook with, for wine, and for folk medicine remedies,” said Museum Director Donnie Barrett. “Decades ago, the elderberry was celebrated in Fairhope, and we’re happy to bring it back to its rightful place of prominence.”

There will be music all day from Kracker Dan Band, art vendors on the lawn and more. The event is free and open to the public. To enter an item in the cook-off contest, bring it to the museum by 5 p.m. on August 7.

The Fairhope Museum of History is located in downtown Fairhope and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the museum or the Elderberry Festival, call 251-929-1471.