Apple Scrapple weekend
Some new attractions added to annual festival in Bridgeville

Bridgeville's 15th annual Apple-Scrapple Festival is this weekend.
Bonnie Workman, who has co-chaired the event every year since its founding, announces that this year fireworks have been added. This year's festival will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. The fireworks, sponsored by the development and building partners of Heritage Shores, Lennar Homes and Providence of Brookfield Homes, will go off at around 7:30 Saturday evening, on South Cannon Street near the Woodbridge High School football field. The stands at the football field will be open (admission will be free) and the concession stand at the field will be selling food.

Bridgeville Post Office
A special cancellation (postmark) to commemorate the annual Apple-Scrapple festival will be applied to mailings bearing U.S. postage. Patricia L. Wells, postmaster of Bridgeville, along with members of the rural carriers quality of worklife team representing the towns of Bridgeville, Seaford, Delmar, Ellendale, Georgetown, and Bethany Beach will be at the Bridgeville Post Office parking lot, 300 Walnut St., on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The postal service said it is proud to be a part of this annual event. The special pictorial cancellation will feature images that correspond to the theme of this event. All items bearing stamps can be postmarked with a special cancellation to make them an extra special keepsake. Items such as these become collector's pieces. The Bridgeville Post Office will also have other items on display and patrons can purchase items to postmark at the booth. Also October is breast cancer awareness month and the Postal Service supports this very worthwhile cause. The Post Office sells special Breast Cancer stamps for 45 cents and from the sale of this stamp 6 cents is donated to breast cancer research. These stamps along with other merchandise will be on sale.

Little Miss Apple-Scrapple
The first-ever Little Miss Apple-Scrapple will be crowned on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in the Woodbridge High School auditorium. Eight contestants will compete in talent, interview, and party dress categories. Tickets for the Pageant may be purchased at the door for $2 each. All proceeds will benefit the Apple-Scrapple Festival scholarship fund.

History of the event
The Apple-Scrapple Festival was designed as a way to highlight two items that have put Bridgeville on the map. The apple part of Apple Scrapple will be featured at T. S. Smith and Sons' packing house just north of town. The 800-acre T. S. Smith and Sons farm and orchard is Delaware's oldest surviving commercial apple orchard. The packing house will have baskets of apples for sale, as well as cider, apple butter, applesauce and apple doughnuts and cakes. As for scrapple, the Ralph and Paul Adams plant at Market Street and Railroad Avenue has been turning out blocks of Rapa scrapple since 1926, when it was founded by brothers Ralph and Paul Adams; they derived the name for their scrapple from their names. Now owned by the Jones Dairy Farm based in Fort Atkinson, Wis., the plant also makes Habbersett, Greensboro and Jones Dairy scrapple. In addition to the Bridgeville Senior Center, Rapa donates scrapple to the Woodbridge High School Band Boosters scrapple sandwich booth as well as for the festival's annual scrapple carving contest. In its first year, the Apple-Scrapple Festival attracted about 2,500 visitors. Last year rains hurt attendance. In 2004, the year before the rains came, about 30,000 people attended the event.

A full schedule of events appeared in last week's Star newspapers.

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