Bridgeville welcomed throngs of visitors over the weekend as apple and scrapple lovers alike flooded town for the 2012 Apple-Scrapple Festival. Most seemed to be trying to satisfy a craving for the healthy (think fresh picked apples) and the not-so-healthy (think fried) as the lines for food were often long, snaking through the thick crowds.
And, while the festival featured various apple concoctions, from fritters to pie, the scrapple recipe seemed regulated to a simple sandwich. Of the three scrapple vendors at this year's festival, the Bridgeville Senior Center, who went through 1,000 pounds of donated scrapple, kept the lines moving with a recipe of just two ingredients: scrapple and bread. But, sometimes, simple just works. People like Lisa Brinsfield and Mable Johnson, who traveled just over the state line from Maryland found the white sliced bread to be the perfect scrapple vehicle.
"It's fantabulous and just what I came for," Johnson said.
Becky Beachcamp, of Laurel, made her first trek to the festival Saturday with her sights set on some scrapple as well.
"I grew up on it and there's nothing like it," Beachcamp said.
Aside from food, there was plenty more to do as well. The carnival rides and games area was jam packed with parents of children who were chomping at the bit to climb aboard the colorful rides. Many more people spent as much time perusing the handiwork of local and regional vendors as they did trying the festival fare. People could buy belts, cut and fit while they waited, on-site tinsel hair extensions, locally made soap, clothes and accessories, just to name a few.
Many other people were interested in the live entertainment that ran all day, from bands to contests.
All in all, by the close of Saturday, it looked like the 21st Annual Apple-Scrapple Festival of 2012 was a smashing success with many people echoing the sentiments similar to those of Brian Miller, who drove from Seaford.
"I'm already looking forward to next year," Miller said.