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The 23rd Annual Apple Scrapple Festival Kicks-off in Bridgeville

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 BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Hundreds of people turned out for the first day of the 23rd Annual Apple Scrapple Festival.

The festival started at 4p.m. behind the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company. The opening ceremony took place at 6:00 p.m.

Despite the rain, organizers expect a big turnout this year, which is good news for businesses that grew nervous when the infamous Punkin' Chunkin' event moved out of Sussex County.

 Apple Scrapple has grown from 2500 visitors in 1992 to more than 25,000 now .It has become a major fundraiser for local community organizations and has raised awareness about the agriculture industry in Bridgeville.

"It[ Apple Scrapple] symbolizes local businesses that put a lot of money into our economy," said Karen Johnson, who helped organize the event. "Everybody works together; from the Town Hall to the Fire Company to the civic organizations, we just work together to put on a wonderful festival that I think it is renowned on the Eastern Shore."

Lindsay Gordon and her family put their town pride on display . The Gordon household turned their home into a symbol of all that Apple Scrapple represents.

“We have a lot of pride, and we have a lot people coming together for a good cause," Gordon said. “ We live in a small town, but I think this Apple Scrapple gets our name out there.”

“Bridgeville might be small, but we're mighty,” she said.

The Bridgeville Lions club, which helps people with vision problems, is one of several organizations that benefit from the festival.

"We provide many, many eye exams and free glasses to folks in our community who otherwise would not be able to afford it," said Eddy Parker, a member of the organization.

Every year businesses like Jeff's Tap Room and Snappy's Bar & Grill look forward to the Apple Scrapple Festival. Now, some local businesses depend heavily on it, since Punkin' Chunkin' has left the area.

 "I got a huge business out of Punkin Chunkin,” said G.L. Jefferson, the owner of Jeff's Tap Room. " When the lights went out, out there, the people seemed to migrate in town, and we got quite a bit of business." Jefferson is relieved.
 
Apple Scrapple is held on the second full weekend of October every year.

The RAPA Scrapple Plant and T.S. Smith and Sons Farm, known for its apples, are two businesses that drive Bridgeville's agribusiness.

The festival opens  Saturday at 9 a.m and runs through 10:30 p.m.

For more information on events , click here.



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