The Apple Scrapple Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary on October 14th and 15th! Join us for a fantastic open-air street festival in Bridgeville, Delaware, as we celebrate what makes our area unique!
Over 500 Crafters and Vendors!
Twenty four years ago several of Bridgeville’s finest began discussing ways of promoting the town and the agriculture industry that is so prevalent in western Sussex County. After tossing ideas around, this clever group of people came up with …. a festival!!
It would be held in the small town of Bridgeville on the second full weekend in October. Now, what theme would best represent Sussex County and in particular, Bridgeville? Apples and scrapple!!
Some of the best apples around are grown nearby at T.S. Smith and Sons Farm and since agriculture is a leading industry in the area, it seemed like a good idea to showcase them. It’s hard to drive through Bridgeville during the summer and NOT notice the distinctive smell of scrapple being processed. RAPA Scrapple was incorporated in 1926 and has been producing those tasty blocks of scrapple ever since. So… the Apple Scrapple Festival was born.
The Festival still has many of those original founders working year round, organizing the entertainment, food court and vendors that flood into town on that weekend each year. These volunteers hold regular jobs and work to promote the festival in their spare time.
"Apple Scrapple" has grown from 2500 visitors in 1992 to over 25,000 now and was incorporated in 2002. It has become a major fundraiser for local community organizations and helps elevate awareness of the agricultural profession in lower Delaware.
Festivities begin at 4:00 pm on Friday evening with the carnival, food court and street dance. Things start up again on Saturday morning with an "all you can eat" scrapple breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 am. The rest of the day is filled with carnival rides, kids’ games, scrapple chunkin’, scrapple carving, live entertainment, car show, trade show, two craft shows and any kind of food that you can imagine including apple fritters, scrapple sandwiches, oyster sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs, barbecue beef sandwiches, ice cream and much more. The Festival is handicapped accessible.
There is something for all ages and all appetites at this exciting event, which begins at 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon and runs until the entertainment is over on Saturday evening.
Be a part of all the excitement that IS the Apple Scrapple Festival!
The food court is a juried event and we take pride in offering diverse choices to our festival goers. Our food court cannot expand and we must limit our vendors for this reason. Additionally, food court fees are based upon the amount and type of menu options you wish to offer. The years’ previous vendors are invited back and spots available after the deadline are filled according to items needed in the food court.
Lots of vendors, both individuals and businesses, will be showcasing their services and wares. The show, held on Delaware Avenue and Laws Street, begins bright and early at 9 am on Saturday and runs until around 5 pm.
Senior Center (Outside) Craft Show
Tables and tables of goodies! Something for everyone!!
Health & Safety Fair
Organizations such as Division of Family Services, MADD, Department of Public Health, Alzheimer's Association, and many more display information at the Fire Hall.