Town of Bridgeville hosts 26th annual Apple-Scrapple festival

By Lynn R. Parks

Sarah Brennan-Martin of Dover loves scrapple. So when her mother read about the Apple-Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville, she immediately passed the information on to her daughter.

I didnt know anything about Apple-Scrapple, Brennan-Martin said. But my mom said that I should go.

Convinced, Brennan-Martin then talked her boyfriend into accompanying her. On Friday evening, she and Steven Ly, Hockessin, were walking around Bridgeville, enjoying scrapple and apple-butter sandwiches.

This is really good, Brennan-Martin said. Its that salty and sweet combination thats so delicious.

Bridgeville hosted its 26th annual Apple-Scrapple Festival last weekend. While cloudy skies and threatening rain kept the crowd size down a bit, navigating through the festival site on Saturday afternoon was still difficult as hundreds of people strolled past food booths and displays of arts and crafts.

At the middle school, where a craft show sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church was held, the cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms and halls were mobbed with browsers and shoppers. On the other side of town, at St. Marys Episcopal Church, dozens of people enjoyed lunches of chili, hot dogs and chicken salad.

The festival got underway Friday evening. The Woodbridge High School chorus, under the direction of Jolene Workman, sang the Star-Spangled Banner while the color guard from the schools Marine Corps Junior ROTC program stood at attention. The Rev. Jim Penuel from Union United Methodist Church offered an invocation. We are grateful for the opportunity to let the amazing town of Bridgeville shine brightly for everyone to see, he said.

Tiara Townsend and her grandmother Rosie Townsend, both of New Castle, traveled to Bridgeville on Saturday morning for the festival. Tiara said that she has attended the festival for a number of years. And this year, I told my grandmother that she had to come with me, she said. I told her that its like the Harrington fair, only better.

Food, including scrapple sandwiches, was on the Townsends itinerary. And apple dumplings: Tiara planned to buy one of the sweet desserts to eat at the festival and a second one to take home with her.

I always have a good time when I come here, she said.

Dan and Terri Flynn drove to Bridgeville from south of Annapolis, Md., because we love scrapple!

Dan Flynn said. With them were their daughter, Kim; son, Jim, and daughter-in-law Erin, who live in Ridgely, Md.; and grandchildren Landon, Ashby, Charlotte and Kaylee (all with the last name Flynn). By 11 Saturday morning, they had had scrapple sandwiches and had ridden some rides at the carnival, including the whirling, dizzying Sizzler.

In addition, Terri had bought a wooden yard sign. She bought the heaviest thing she could find first thing, so I would have to carry it around all day, Dan said, laughing.

The family planned to ride some more rides, eat more food and visit the Trinity craft show. Were certainly going to get some more scrapple, Dan said.

Leah Passwaters and her friend Kathy Keidel, both members of the Woodbridge High School class of 1977, were among the hundreds of shoppers at the Trinity craft show. In one of the classrooms, they took time from their shopping to talk about the festival.

I love the crafts and the music, said Passwaters, Bridgeville, who had purchased a Baltimore Orioles pillow for her brother. And we meet up with people that we went to school with.

Keidel, who lives in Delmar, Del., hadnt made any purchases. There hasnt been anything thats caught my eye yet, she said. But she was still looking, especially for Christmas gifts.

Keidel said that shopping at the craft booths at the Apple-Scrapple Festival is different from shopping in a mall. The things that you see here are unique, and usually hand-crafted, she said. And the talent that it takes to make all of these things is just amazing. We have so many talented people around here.

Faizon Sampson, 10, of Milford was showing off his talents on Friday evening on Delaware Avenue, a few feet away from where members of his family were selling deep-fried chicken wings and grilled ribs. With two long pieces of metal, he was beating out a rhythm on an overturned plastic bucket. Back on the job Saturday, he had graduated to a pair of drumsticks and four cardboard boxes.

His grandmother, Felita Sampson, said that the family was there to raise money for the Jesus is Lord Church of Deliverance, Georgetown. They have participated in the Apple-Scrapple Festival for 15 years, she said, and usually do pretty well.

Well make money this year too, as long as it doesnt rain, she added.

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