Dumplings make dough at event

Greencastle hosts Apple Festival and Antique Engine Show

Greencastle hosts Apple Festival and Antique Engine Show

October 14, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Mary Lou Barnhart didn't mind waiting more than 45 minutes for homemade apple dumplings Saturday at the 24th annual Community Apple Festival and Antique Engine Show at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center.

"I'm really getting them for my kids," said Barnhart, of Greencastle, who comes to the festival every year to get apple cider and apple dumplings. "(We also) come here to support the apple festival."

The reason for the long wait: The dumplings are made the day of the event and take 45 minutes to bake.

"They're definitely well worth it," said Pat Esquer, a member of the Tayamentasachta Advisory Committee.

Charles White, who has been the director of the environmental center for 31 years, said the process of making the dumplings began Wednesday, when 250 pounds of flour and 100 pounds of shortening were made into dough by the home economics department at Greencastle-Antrim High School.


Another group of volunteers rolled the dough Friday.

Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m., apples were peeled, cored and wrapped in dough to make the dumplings, which were baked at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School.

"People come for the chicken barbecue, but more people come for the apple dumplings," said Esquer, a retired teacher who has helped with the festival since it began. "We usually sell over 1,200 (dumplings)."

In addition to the apple dumplings, the advisory committee also served a chicken barbecue. Proceeds from both food stands and the sale of pumpkins went back to the environmental center to support programs for Greencastle-Antrim School District students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

"It's a family event - to get families out having fun and looking at the natural world," White said.

The Greencastle Women's Club had its own lunch stand at the festival to raise money for scholarships that the group gives to seniors in the school district.

"It's just a bunch of us women donating food and our time," member Sue Thomas said. "It's fun to all get together and enjoy the day."

Thomas had a chance to buy apples and cider, and see the seeing-eye dogs and basket-making displays.

However, "the apple dumplings are a big thing," she said. The line began forming at 7:30 a.m., an hour and a half before the festival began.

Janice Haas of Chambersburg, Pa., brought her son, Sammy, 6, to the festival.

"I basically grew up here (in Greencastle)," Janice said as she and Sammy stuffed a scarecrow. "(Sammy) wanted to make a scarecrow, (and) we always get apple dumplings and cider."

The C.V. Antique Engine and Machinery Association was holding a raffle for 16 prizes, most notably a 1949 Pony Massey Harris tractor, the featured tractor from the association's annual steam and gas show.

Entertainment included music by Roy Justice, hayrides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and face painting.

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