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There was actually a time in my life when I didn't like Scrapple, hard as that may be to believe of someone who grew up in Sussex County.
About 8 or 9 years old and living in Ellendale, my mother spent a week away from home caring for my terminally ill grandmother. My father, left to make breakfast, lunch and dinner for my sister and I for a whole week, resorted to the one dish he knew best -- Scrapple sandwiches on white bread with mustard.
By the end of the week, I had learned a very important lesson -- you CAN get too much of a good thing. It was another dozen years before Scrapple passed my lips.
Even though I plan to chow down on all kinds of Scrapple dishes this weekend, I don't expect to lose my appetite for Scrapple again at the 8th annual Apple-Scrapple Festival on Oct. 8-9 in Bridgeville, the Scrapple Capital of the World.
One of many events in a dizzying fall festival season in Sussex County, the Apple-Scrapple Festival is one of those must-see events unique to Sussex County. You just know you're in for a good old-fashioned Sussex County shin-dig when the highlights include the Hogg Jogg (a 5K run), a Hog Calling Contest, and a band whose signature album is "Peace, Love and Scrapple".
This year, taking a page out of the Punkin Chunkin Guide to Good Times, Apple-Scrapple organizers have come up with the Scrapple Chunking Contest, with kids and adults shot putting 2- to 5-pound chunks of scrapple on the softball field at Woodbridge High School. Chunking begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.
For more information on other Apple-Scrapple happenings, visit http://www.sussexcountyonline.com/data/932517740.html.
Only two citizens showed up for the Delaware Emergency Management Association's town meeting on damages from Hurricane Floyd in Greenwood last Friday, Oct. 1, 1999.
DEMA spokesman Joe Wessels said none of the flood damage in Greenwood appears to meet the criteria for federal damage assistance unless someone comes forward with damages that have heretofore been unreported.
Greenwood, which saw approximately 11 inches of rain in 15 hours, was declared one of the hardest hit areas in the state by Floyd on Sept. 17, 1999, by Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper, but only New Castle County will be receiving assistance.
The Delaware Department of Agriculture web site is a tremendous resource for anyone in agriculture at http://www.state.de.us/deptagri/index.htm. The agriculture statistics section, with weekly crop progress and weekly cooperate extension reports, is especially useful.
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