Apple Scrapples 25th year

By Lynn R. Parks

Bridgevilles iconic event, the Apple-Scrapple Festival, is marking its silver anniversary this year. In celebration, said chairwoman Karen Johnson, organizers worked to get top-notch area bands to perform throughout the weekend.

We have a pretty nice line-up this year, Johnson said. Headliners will include the Funsters, Mike Hines and the Look, Love Seed Mama Jump and Glass Onion. Wrapping things up on Saturday will be Charlie and the CoolTones, with Bridgeville native Charlie Smith on bass.

The 25th Apple-Scrapple Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15. A display of festival memorabilia will be set up in Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium on Laws Street. Visitors to the exhibit will be given commemorative wooden nickels.

For more than two decades, the town has set aside the second week of October to celebrate Bridgeville and life in the small western Sussex town. Our Apple Scrapple Festival is a family friendly, open-air street festival that highlights our town and western Sussex County agribusiness, Johnson said. We hope that many people join us as we celebrate what makes our area special: apples, scrapple, great time and helping out community.

The festival does several things for the community, organizers say. First, it draws attention to the areas agricultural roots. Both apples and scrapple are produced in town: T.S. Smith and Sons orchards and packing house was founded in 1907 and is a sponsor of the event; Rapa Scrapple was founded in 1926.

Second, it offers a venue for local service groups to make money. Civic groups sell scrapple, crab cake and other kinds of sandwiches and the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department sells oyster fritters. School groups and churches also get in on the action and the three-day carnival benefits the Bridgeville Public Library.

Our festival is an amazing fundraiser that provides an opportunity to many non-profits, civic and school organizations to raise much-needed funds for special projects, Johnson said.

Apple Scrapple also brings crowds of people to Bridgeville, a small town with a population of about 2,000. In 1992, the first year of the festival, about 2,500 people came to town to see the sights. Recent crowds have been estimated at around 30,000.

We bring together delicious food, hundreds of vendors, family fun, carnival rides, a fantastic car show and great entertainment, said Johnson. We invite you to the Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival 25th anniversary celebration for great stage entertainment, delicious food and fantastic events!

Chances to compete With its skillet toss and scrapple throwing contests, the Apple Scrapple Festival has always been a place where the competitive could show off their prowess and win a medal or two. As it has for several years, this years lineup of contests will include an apple toss for children ages 3 to 10.

Each child will get three apples to toss into a basket and will have to get at least one apple in the basket to move on to the next round. With each round, the distance to the basket will get longer. The rounds will continue until there is one winner in each of three age divisions.

Participation is free. The contest gets underway at 1 p.m. behind Woodbridge Middle School (formerly the high school). Registration starts at 12:15 p.m.

Following the Apple Toss, the Ladies Skillet Toss will get started. (Registration will open at 12:30 p.m.) Women and women only will vie to see which one of them can throw an 8-inch cast-iron skillet the farthest. All throwing is underhand. Women must be 18 or older to participate.

Prizes will be handed out in two age categories, 18 to 40 and 41 and older.

One of the festivals signature events, the Scrapple Chunkin, will follow the skillet toss. (Registration will start at 1:30 p.m.) Participants will compete for awards by throwing packages of scrapple as far as they can. Prizes will be handed out in three age categories, 11 to 16, 17 to 49 and 50 and older.

Area heads of government will hold their own scrapple throwing contest, the Invitational Scrapple Sling. Mayors, presidents of councils, pageant queens and state and county officials will compete for the title King of Sling. The event will take place Saturday at the festivals main stage, starting at 2 p.m.

For the more traditional competitors, the festival will feature a good old-fashioned 5K run. The run, which could very well be the worlds only Hogg Jogg, will start at 8 a.m. at the Sugar Beet Market in Heritage Shores. Registration will start at 7:15 a.m. Cost to run is $15 and prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers in several age groups.

New this year will be the Piglett Trott, a fun 500-foot run for children under 10, starting at around 8:10 a.m. at the Sugar Beet. Participation in the Trott is free.

One competition that is already underway is the Apple-Scrapple home decorating contest, sponsored by the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club.

Participating homeowners had to decorate in the Apple-Scrapple theme and include in the display apples and scrapple, or facsimiles of apples and scrapple. Members of the club have been driving around town this week, checking out the decorations that homeowners have put out. The winner will be announced Friday evening on the festivals main stage.

Festival starts with a carnival The first event of the festival will be next Thursday, when the carnival that is set up along Railroad Avenue opens at 4 p.m.

All-you-can-ride bracelets during the Hometown Carnival Night will be $18. Proceeds from the carnival benefit the Bridgeville Public Library.

The festival will get into full swing at 4 p.m. Friday, when the juried food court, centered on Delaware Avenue and Cannon Street, opens. And yes, that is a juried food court. Anyone wanting to set up a food booth has to submit for judgment descriptions of the food that will be for sale as well as pictures of the food booth.

Also at 4 p.m., the carnival rides will once again start spinning and twirling. Throughout the evening, all-you-can-ride bracelets will be $20.

An entertainment stage will be set up in the parking lot behind the fire hall. An official opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. with television personality Jimmy Hoppa as master of ceremonies.

At 6:30 on Friday evening, the Little Miss Apple-Scrapple Pageant will be held on the festivals entertainment stage. The $25 entry fee will benefit the Apple-Scrapple Scholarship Fund.

The pageant is open to girls ages 5 to 8 who live in the Woodbridge School District. The girls are judged on their answers during an interview, their performance in the talent portion and their appearance in a party dress.

At 8 p.m., a street dance will get underway. Music will be provided by the Funsters, a local favorite dance band that performs classic rock.

Activities get started bright and early Saturday morning with an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Union United Methodist Church, sponsored by the United Methodist Men. The men will be serving breakfast from 7 until 11 a.m. On the menu, of course, will be scrapple.

For the first time, the shuttle from the festival parking lot will start early enough to take festival-goers to the breakfast.

At 8 a.m., the runners in the Hogg Jogg will take off. And then at 9 a.m., main festival activities will get into full swing. The food court will open, as will the car show, sponsored by the Southern Delaware Street Rod Association. Hundreds of street rods, antique and classic cars, new cars, trucks and motorcycles will be parked along Delaware Avenue. Judging of the vehicles will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and awards will be handed out at the stage area at 3:30 p.m.

The festivals carnival will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Throughout the day, T.S. Smith and Sons will welcome members of the public to its packing house as well as to its apple orchards for Fun on the Farm. The farm will host demonstrations, exhibits, wagon rides, u-pick opportunities and helicopter rides. There will also be tours of the packing house and of the orchard. Buses will provide transportation between the packing house and PNC Bank on Market Street.

For additional information about T.S. Smith and Sons, visit its Facebook page.

The festival will feature two craft shows. The Bridgeville Senior Centers craft show will be held outside along the towns streets. And the Trinity Craft Show, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church, will be held in the Woodbridge Middle School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will be set up in the cafeteria, the gymnasium and in hallways and classrooms as well as in the middle school yard. (For more information about that show, visit the website

The annual Apple-Scrapple Trade Show will be set up at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Laws Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals as well as businesses will show off their wares and services.

The Health and Safety Fair will take place throughout the day Saturday in the fire hall, with displays from organizations such as the Division of Family Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Department of Public Health and the Alzheimers Association.

The Bridgeville Museum, operated by the Bridgeville Historical Society, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum, at Delaware Avenue and William streets, is in the former Bridgeville Fire Hall. Displays focus on the history of the small town and on the people who have lived there.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Marys Episcopal Church will serve lunch in the churchs fellowship hall on North William Street. Featured will be chili and chicken salad sandwiches. The women of the church will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Marys will host a quilt display in the church sanctuary.

An area just for children will be set up in the lot next to the Bridgeville Police Department on Market Street. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids will be able to enjoy pony rides, face painting and games.

Throughout Saturday, the stage in the fire hall parking lot will be the center for Apple-Scrapple entertainment. Mike Hines and the Look will take the stage at noon and will play until 2 p.m. Love Seed Mama Jump will play from 3 to 5 and Glass Onion from 5:30 to 7:30.

And finally, for the street dance that will close out the 25th annual Apple Scrapple Festival, Charlie and the CoolTunes will play from 8 to 10 p.m.

Festival parking will be available on the south side of town, at Antiques Alley and South Main Street. Shuttle buses will run all day Saturday from the parking lot to the festival and to T.S. Smith and Sons Packing House. Parking and transportation for the handicapped will be available.

For more information, visit the festival website,

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