Apple Scrapple Festival to serve up fun in Bridgeville

There will be plenty of scrapple to be had this weekend at the Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville. Above, Mike Wharton moves scrapple from the grill to bread as Britney Toner fills a customer request for a couple of sandwiches at last year’s event. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

BRIDGEVILLE — Twenty-eight years ago, a small group of Bridgeville residents organized a festival to be held on the second full weekend of October. The festival was named Apple-Scrapple because apples and scrapple were produced in Bridgeville. Year after year, the festival has expanded into what it is today.

The festival kicks off Friday at 6 p.m., on the Entertainment Stage with the a color guard presentation by the Woodbridge Marine Corps JROTC, national anthem sung by the Woodbridge Select Ensemble, and special guests.

The Little Miss Apple-Scrapple Pageant follows at 6:30 p.m. and the winner of the Apple Baking Contest will be announced.

The evening will continue with Charlie and the Cooltones entertaining from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

The weekend carnival at the Bridgeville Public Library will be open Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Parents Jeremy and Victoria Harsh of Berlin, Md., help 7-month old Cade Harsh with his junior firefighter helmet at Apple Scrapple’s health and safety area in 2018.

The big food court will be open all weekend with apple dumplings, scrapple sandwiches, barbecue, oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, French fries, apple crisp, funnel cakes, pizza, ice cream, drinks, and more.

The Apple Scrapple Festival provides handicapped accessible parking and bathrooms. Handicapped parking is available in the field south of town on South Main Street and at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. Handicapped bus service will be available to transport to the festival area. All bus service is only available on Saturday.

A busy Saturday

Saturday will see the Southern Delaware Street Rod Association Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants must enter on to Delaware Avenue from Main Street; the car show entrance is open from 7 to 9 a.m. The registration booth, at the corner of Laws Street and Delaware Avenue, opens at 7:30 a.m.

The cost to enter each vehicle is $10. Dash plaques go to the first 150 entries.

The show is open to street rods, customs, pro-street, antiques, classics, muscle cars, special interest, 4 by 4s, new cars and trucks and motorcycles. Judging will be from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call Pat at 302-228-5072.

No pre-registration; the car show benefits the Apple Scrapple Festival.

The 5K Hogg Jogg will be Saturday at 8 a.m. Registration is at 7:15.

It will be held in Heritage Shores, starting at the Sugar Beet Market. The entry fee is $15. T-Shirts will be awarded to all runners with special awards to the top female and male finishers in each age group. Contact Chairman Tim Parks at 302-858-9411.

The Craft Show is held in the Woodbridge Middle School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Hand-made crafts line the halls and fill the rooms. Bus service is available at this location on Saturday.

The Apple Dumpling Gang from Newark, from left, Nick Paoletti, Noah Campbell and Donald McNair sample apple dumplings with ice cream at last year’s Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

Businesses, services and vendors will the streets of Bridgeville on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, goodies for your pets, home improvements, home decor, kitchen ware, toys, furniture, sweets and more will be available at the trade show.

Located directly behind the fire hall starting at 9 a.m., the popular health and safety fair is filled with a variety of organizations from across the peninsula.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on N. William St. will serve a luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lunch will consist of homemade chili, chicken salad sandwiches, rolls and beverages. The ladies of the church will also hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also have an annual quilt display.

The “Old Fire House” Museum, located at 102 William St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artisans demonstrating old crafts will be in the gazebo where they will also display numerous framed picture boards on the history of Bridgeville.

The Kids Apple Toss and the Ladies Skillet Toss will be at 1 and 1:30 p.m., respectively at 2 N. Laws St. beside the cemetery gates.

The children’s area will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the fire hall on Market Street. Pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting will all be hosted by the Bridgeville Public Library.

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long reacts after earning points in the 2018 Scrapple Sling event. Lt. Gov. Hall-Long and Seaford Mayor David Genshaw emerged the divisional winners, both decided in tiebreaking sling-off shootoffs. This year’s Scrapple Sling is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

T.S. Smith & Sons will celebreate the Apple Scrapple Festival. with wagon rides, u-pick apples and activities for the whole family. Free bus service to and from the T.S. Smith packing house location will be available.

The invitation-only Scrapple Sling will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the stage area behind the fire hall.

The centerpiece event attracts dignitaries such as Sussex County Council members, local mayors, pageant queens or state officials competing for the Scrapple Sling trophy.

Entertainment throughout the day includes The Cruzers Band, Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys, Captain Mike, Chasin’ Time featuring The Mears Girls and Sticky Situation featuring Paul Webb.

For more information, visit applescrapple.com.

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