It's fall: And almost time for Bridgeville's Apple-Scrapple

By Lynn R. Parks

For the 13th year, Bridgeville will host the Apple-Scrapple Festival. Apple-pie eating and scrapple carving, as well as the more mundane carnival, craft show and health fair, will be featured during the event, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9. New this year is a website, www.applescrapple.com, said co-chairwoman Alma Fleetwood. “Anything you want to know about Apple-Scrapple, it is on there,” she said. As they have for all festivals, Fleetwood and Bonnie Workman are heading up this year’s festivities. “We say every year we’re not going to do it again, but here we are back,” Fleetwood said. Aside from the Web site, this year’s Apple-Scrapple Festival will stick to the tried-and-true features that have attracted tens of thousands of people to the small western Sussex town. The event was started in 1992 as a way for nonprofit groups in town to make money. Organizers also wanted to promote the town and two of its major agriculture commodities: apples and scrapple. The first year, crowds were estimated at 2,500. Last year, in spite of intermittent drizzles, about 30,000 people attended the festival. In addition to pie eating and scrapple carving, there will be a scrapple chunking contest, a car show, a tractor pull and, according to organizers, “more food than you can shake an apple at.” Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Friday when the carnival, along Railroad Avenue, and the food booths open. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the bandstand on Delaware Avenue. At 7:30 p.m., King’s Ransom featuring Danny Shivers will take the stage. Saturday-morning activities start with an all-you-can-eat breakfast in the fellowship hall of Union United Methodist Church and with the annual Hogg Jogg 5-kilometer run. Cost for the run is $10; registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
The breakfast will close at 11 a.m., the same time that the chili lunch and bake sale at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will open. Throughout town, booths will sell food including (of course) apple dumplings, pies and fritters and scrapple sandwiches. There will also be oyster sandwiches, barbecued chicken, roasted pork and pit beef. The scrapple chunking contest will take place at 2 p.m. in the field behind Woodbridge High School. Ribbons will be handed out in four categories, adult male, adult female, youth male and youth female. Area mayors and commission presidents, as well as the members of Sussex County Council, will participate in the invitational scrapple sling. A tractor pull will be held on Wesley Church Road, at the southwest corner of town. (There will be bus service to the site.) For details, call chairman Jeff Mitchell, 875-7019. Throughout the day, craft shows will take place outside and at Woodbridge High School. More than 250 vendors are expected to attend. There will also be a trade show, at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Laws Street. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A health and safety fair will be set up in the Bridgeville Fire Hall throughout the day Saturday. Beginning at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, the bandstand will feature musical acts. At 4:30 p.m., Froggy 99.9 radio will present its version of the Gong Show and at 7:30 p.m., the Night Life Band featuring Ray Cannon will take the stage for the street dance. For additional information, call Fleetwood, 337-7135, or Workman, 337-7275, or visit the Apple-Scrapple Web site.

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