Apples, scrapple — for eating, contests
By Lynn R. Parks
The 1st state annual Antique Tractor-Truck-Car Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., at Greenwood, Deep Grass and Hunting Quarter Intersection. There will be food, entertainment, a flea market, and an auction.
For more information, call Carol Warrington at 302-875-7427, or Bruce Reeder, 302-684-1971. Bridgeville will host its 10th annual Apple-Scrapple Festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13. The festival, designed to celebrate two of Bridgeville’s proudest commodities, will start at 4 p.m. Friday and end Saturday night at 10 p.m. In between, there will be singing, dancing, competitions and eating.
Following festival tradition, activities will focus on two of the small town’s main commodities:
apples and scrapple. And not just eating them, although there will be untold numbers of scrapple sandwiches and apple dumplings consumed.
Competitions will also revolve around the two foods. New this year will be a mayor’s invitational scrapple toss, in which the muscle of leaders of area communities will be put to the test.
Joe Conaway, president of the Bridgeville Board of Commissioners, was inspired to host the competition after claiming victory in the watermelon seed-spitting contest hosted for mayors by Laurel’s Independence Day celebration.
Mayors and town board presidents will gather near the stage area, behind the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, at 2 p.m. to show off their skill in heaving a block of scrapple.
For non-politicians, the traditional scrapple chunkin’ — Bridgeville’s answer to eastern Sussex’s Punkin Chunkin’ — will get under way at 1 p.m. behind Woodbridge High School.
Medals will be given out to those who can throw the block of scrapple the farthest.
A traditional scrapple carving contest will be held near the stage at 10 a.m. In the past, competitors have created from their blocks of scrapple pig bands, whimsical figures and other creative variations on the apple-scrapple theme.
As for the apples, the traditional apple baking contest will return with a new sponsor, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit. Savings bonds will be handed out in three divisions: traditional apple pie ($250), apple dessert ($250) and children’s creations for ages 7 to 12 ($100).
Fresh apples have to be used in all the recipes, according to chairwoman Rita Hovermale.
The desserts have to be in disposable containers and after being surrendered by their creators, become the property of the festival. (They are served at a lunch for festival volunteers.)
Pies can be delivered to the fire hall Friday, Oct. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., or Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 to 10 a.m. Winners will be announced at 12:15 at the bandstand set up behind the fire hall.
Pre-registration for the contests is required by Wednesday, Oct. 10. Registration forms are available at the library and at town hall; participants can also register by calling Hovermale at 337-8318.
Hovermale said that about 40 people participated in the contests last year, down from about 70 several years earlier. She would like to see at least 70 entries this year, she added.
New this year is a Lego contest, sponsored by the Builders Club at Woodbridge Middle School, a youth organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Bridgeville. The contest, for ages 5 to 12, will be held on the second floor of the fire hall.
According to Hovermale, whose daughter Rachel is a Builders Club member and is in charge of organizing the contest, participants will be allowed to set up in the fire hall beginning at 2:30. The contest will get under way at 3.
Builders will have one hour to construct whatever they want; bonds will be given to the most creative for ages 5 to 8 and ages 9 to 12 ($50), the one that best reflects the Apple-Scrapple theme ($50) and the best in show ($100).
Builders have to provide their own building blocks. (They need not be Legos; any plastic snap-together building block will do.) Only square shapes will be permitted; Hovermale said that organizers wanted all builders to be on an equal footing, with no advantage because one builder can afford more complex building sets than another. Builders will be provided a table on which to construct. Their masterpieces can be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 15 inches.
Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at town hall and at the library; registration can also be done by calling Rachel Hovermale at 337-8318.
The Apple-Scrapple Festival will also include food vendors, craft shows, an antique car show, a carnival and entertainment. Encore, featuring Bridgeville native David Speicher, will play Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., and the Funsters will take to the stage Saturday at 7 p.m.
For details, call Bridgeville Town Hall, 337-7135.
Program lets WHS judge kids’ progress
By Mike McClure
The Woodbridge School Board was given test results from a middle school and high school program the district is taking part in during their meeting last Tuesday night. The Woodbridge School District is one of two districts that received money to carry out the program.
The district is in the third year of the High Schools at Work program, which is a data-driven reform program. The focus of the program is to challenge all the students in the middle and high schools.
Woodbridge and Christiana were the only two districts in the state to receive state money to take part in the program.
The program compares the test results of high schools with similar make-ups and demographics. There are 1,000 participating schools in the country.
A random group of kids from each school is selected to take the test. The test shows schools how they have grown and how they compare with similar schools.
“For a high school to change and become better, we have to have a vision of what we want to become and this program will help us do that,” said Kay Lewis, director of curriculum and instruction.
The test scores from the tests taken last year were recently released and Woodbridge administrators said they were pleased with the results.
Students were tested in math, science and reading.
While 12.7 percent of students at other schools tested below the basic level in reading, only 6.1 percent of the students from Woodbridge scored below the basic level.
In math, 46 percent of the Woodbridge students tested at the basic level, 50 percent were proficient, and 2 percent were advanced.
In science, 60.5 percent of students tested at a proficient level.
District administrators said they were pleased with how their students compared with other schools, but they would like to see the math and science scores improve.
“We still have a long way to go, but it’s encouraging to have a bump along the way to show you are headed in the right direction,” superintendent Kevin Carson said.
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