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Apples, antiques at Pa. fest

October 12, 2003|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Children tossed apples into the hopper of an antique cider press while others took horse-drawn wagon rides or patted the cows, sheep, rabbits, goats and guide dogs-in-training at the 21st Annual Apple Festival and Antique Engine Display on Saturday.

The event at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center in Greencastle was well-attended, with long lines at the apple dumpling stand, the wagon ride and the barbecue chicken booth.

Bill Storms of Greencastle operated his 1919 11/2 horsepower International kerosene engine to power a turn-of-the-century wooden cider press. Engine power shredded the apples into a wooden tub, which Storms then pressed with a turn screw and a wooden pole until all the cider was extracted.

The cider was strained through cheesecloth into a milk can, then drained off and sold. The apple pomace was composted for use on the lush gardens at Tayamentasachta.

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Rachel Henderson, 7, of Greencastle threw apples into the hopper and watched as they were ground. Attending with her parents, Shane and Jennifer Henderson, the second-grader said she planned to take a hayride.

"We let the kids do almost all the putting in of the apples," Storms said. "They have a ball doing that."

Cousins Andy Anderson, 11, and Storm Johnson, 10, tossed apples into the hopper also. They attended with Andy's mother, Tina Anderson, and their grandmother, Jean Johnson, all of Greencastle.

At a nearby tent, children could make their own scarecrows, with clothing and straw provided.

Sharday Powell, 12, and Ashley Gray, 12, both of Greencastle, sat in the straw and stuffed small sleepers to create straw babies.

"I'm going to put it on my front porch," Sharday said.

Ashley said she was making hers for her sister.

"We make new ones every year," she said.

When they finished their straw creations, the girls planned to make a pumpkin with a smiley face and get some apple cider, Sharday said.

Proceeds from the sale of apple dumplings went to the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center. While volunteers made 1,680 of the popular treats, they were running out by about 1 p.m.

Apple butter was sold throughout the day, although the boiling was finished by 10 a.m. Shady Grove Ruritan members started boiling down cider in copper kettles at 6 p.m. Friday, then added apple pieces as they worked over an outdoor fireplace.

Proceeds from the sales go to their local projects.

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