Almost Time for a Delaware Tradition – Apple Scrapple Festival 2015
The Apple Scrapple Festival is Oct. 9 and 10. The festival came about after a group of people got together and discussed ways to promote their town and the agriculture industry that is so prevalent in western Sussex County. They came up with the Apple Scrapple Festival. T.S. Smith and Sons Farms in Bridgeville produces some of the best apples around and RAPA Scrapple is processed just up the road. That’s how the festival got its name.
In 1992, 2,500 visitors were a part of the first Apple Scrapple Festival and now over 25,000 people come to Bridgeville to walk through the rows of vendors and crafters and to have a scrapple sandwich, of course! The festival serves as a major fundraiser for local community organizations and helps elevate awareness of the agricultural profession in lower Delaware.
There are many things for the family to do at the festival including checking out the great entertainment lineup. Dirt Road Outlaws and Apex Revolution have both performed on the DelmarvaLife stage and now they will be taking the Apple Scrapple stage. It’s going to be a great weekend in Bridgeville, Del.!
Friday, October 9, 2015:
- 4 p.m. – Festival opens
- 6 p.m. – Opening ceremony
- 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Little Miss Apple Scrapple Contest
- 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – J & B Entertainment
Saturday, October 10, 2015:
- 9 a.m. – Festival opens
- 9 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Entertainment
- 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Judy Sings the Blues
- Noon – 1:45 p.m. – The Mari Hill Band
- 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Mayoral Scrapple Sling
- 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Flatland Drive
- 4:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. – Dirt Road Outlawz Band
- 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. – The 5:01 Band
- 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Apex Revolution
Car Show – The car show is hosted by the Southern Delaware Street Rod Association from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on Delaware Ave., judging is 1-3 p.m., and awards are at 3:30 p.m. at the stage. The car show is open to street rods, customs, pro-street, antiques, classics, muscle cars, special interest, 4×4, new cars & trucks, and motorcycles. There is a $10 registration fee.
Library Carnival – Thursday, October 8, is Hometown Carnival night from 4-9 p.m. You can get an all-you-can-ride bracelet for $18. Friday, October 9, the rides are open 4-10 p.m. and an all-you-can-ride bracelet is $20. Saturday, October 10, the rides are open from 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Ride tickets are $1 each or you can purchase a family pack of tickets for $25.
5K Hogg Jogg – Held at Woodbridge Farm/Athletic Field on Saturday, October 10 at 9 a.m. Registration is from 7:30- 8:50 a.m. The fee is $15 and a drawstring bag will be awarded to all runners with special awards to top female and male finishers in each age group. Contact Tim Parks for more info: 302-858-9411
Senior Center Craft Show – Tables of goodies and something for everyone! Contact Annette Cannon for more info: 302-337-8771
Trade Show – Lots of vendors, individuals and business, showcasing their services: Trade Show Application. Held on Delaware Ave. and Laws St. and begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and runs until 5 p.m. Contact Billy Jefferson for more info: 302-228-4054
Health & Safety Fair – Organizations such as Division of Family Services, MADD, Dept. of Public Health, Alzheimer’s Association, and more held at the Bridgeville Fire Hall: Health & Safety Fair Application. Contact Miranda Collins for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – Located on North William St., St. Mary’s will serve a chili luncheon, consisting on chili, chicken salad sandwiches, rolls, and beverages, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The ladies of the church will also hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ladies Skillet Toss, Scrapple Chunkin’ Contest, and Kids Apple Toss – Time to show your competitive side with scrapple chunkin’, skillet tossing, and apples flying. These events begin at 1 p.m. at the practice field behind Woodbridge Middle School. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. for the apple toss, 12:30 p.m. for the skillet toss, and 1:30 p.m. for the scrapple chunkin’ contest: Registration Forms
Mayor’s Scrapple Sling – This event is for all the mayors or presidents of concils in Sussex County and Sussex County Councilmen, on Saturday, October 11 behind the Bridgeville Fire Hall. The contestants see how far they can sling packages of scrapple. Bragging rights are on the line! Who will be the next “King of Sling?” Contact Pat Correll for more info: 302-337-7135
Fun on the Farm at T.S. Smith & Sons – Stop by Delaware’s oldest and Sussex County’s only commercial apple orchard for tours, demonstrations, exhibits, wagon rides, free samples, and more. Free transportation will be provided between the farm and PNC Bank.
Children’s Area – Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., chicken can enjoy rides, games, and more located beside the Bridgeville Police Dept.
Kiwanis Home Decorating Contest – The Kiwanis Club sponsors this event. All decorations must coincide with the Apple Scrapple theme by using apples and scrapple. Judging will be completed by Thursday and contest winners will be announced Friday evening at the main stage.
You definitely won’t leave hungry after attending the Apple Scrapple Festival! Apple dumplings, scrapple sandwiches, wings, fries, pies, funnel cakes, oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, BBQ, cheesesteaks, and more! The United Methodist Men sponsor and “All You Can Eat” Breakfast on Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church on Laws St. from 7-11 a.m.
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