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Sunday, October 14, 2012


Bridgeville keeps it sizzling all day
Slice after slice, crowd scoops up scrapple
 
Cecelia Evans of Federalsburg (left) and Nancy Ricketts of Bridgeville keep up with demand at the Bridgeville Charge concession stand.
 WILLIAM BRETZGER/THE NEWS JOURNAL 
from---wilmingtonnewsjournal.del
By James Fisher
The News Journal
BRIDGEVILLE — Apples get the glory at the Apple Scrapple Festival, but scrapple does the work.
The town-wide festival held the sec­ond weekend in October draws an esti­mated 25,000 or so visitors over two days. It was created 20 years ago to cele­brate apple fields around town and the RAPA scrapple plant that produces Bridgeville’s most famous product – scrapple, the dense, gristly processed meat made from the livers, snouts, hearts, and fat of pigs, with spices, corn­meal and flour mixed in.
Apples shone in the spotlight on Fri­day, when the T.S. Smith & Sons farm sponsored an apple dessert contest. Garrett Briggs, 10, of Greenwood won the youth competition with a ricotta ap­ple pie, and Lia Workman of Millsboro brought an apple cinnamon cheesecake that triumphed in the adult category. Apple walnut muffins from a general store on Tilghman Island, Md., won in the professional class, with all the win­ners honored on an outdoor stage Friday afternoon.
All the while, workmanlike scrapple was being readied for a hungry popu­lace. On Thursday night, volunteers with the Bridgeville Senior Center spent hours slicing up scrapple by hand for use in a food tent. Dixie Semans, the senior center’s kitchen manager, said her crew of volunteer cooks came to the festival with enough scrapple and white bread for 10,000 sandwiches.
“We’ll use up everything,” she said Saturday as a formidable line of people gathered to by $5 sandwiches. “We’ll stay here until it’s all sold.”
Often eaten for breakfast, in a sand­wich or on a plate with eggs or pancakes,

Crowds fill the streets of downtown Bridgeville during the Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival Saturday. WILLIAM BRETZGER/THE NEWS

 
WILLIAM BRETZGER/THE NEWS JOURNAL
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Crafts, refreshments and other attractions bring crowds to one of the streets lined with vendors.

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