UNIONPORT - There were some tasty products emerging from the fire-fed kettles being continually stirred at the Apple Stirrin' event that was under way on the Unionport Grange 2728-sponsored grounds on county Road 39.
First was the product that gives the festival its name, apple butter. Gordon Carr was busy stirring under the watchful eye of Hawkey Newburn, while others were waiting in the wings for their turn.
Ralph Simmons, who has been a part of the 34-year event since its beginning, was keeping a watchful eye on the stirring proceedings.
HOT FOOD — Jarrad Hennis, Boy Scout Troop 192 scout master, dishes up a serving of chili from the outdoor chili cooking event at the Unionport Apple Stirrin’ that continues through today. Alex Haagen was the designated stirrer.
-- Esther McCoy
Boy Scout Troop 192 had two kettles bubbbling. One had chili and the other was bean soup. Scouts Alex Haagen and Daniel Hall were busy stirring while trying to keep the smoke from their eyes.
Mary Catherine Mull, committee member, said there were many visitors at the start of the event in the morning. Some left because of the showers but more came in the afternoon. The pancake house was kept busy with visitors for the pancakes, sausage and coffee, while some to got warmed up after being outside.
The Crafty Cousins, Darlene Pasco and Tiffany Jones were secure in their craft tent. They are a new business offering wreaths, wood crafts, potpourri and tie blankets.
The Miller family was on the grounds offering caramel covered apples from Mary Miller's famous recipe. This will be her last concession outing this year while her children will continue with cattle shows and other events for another month.
There were 12 apple pies entered in the baking contest. Tammy Burchfiled helped with the judging that that this writer has been doing for over 20 years. Jeremy and Tracy McClure were the first place winners. The couple grew up in Unionport, relocated to Kent and then returned to the area. Anna Ault of East Springfield placed second and JoAnna Mann of Cadiz was third.
The Vinyl Classics were singing songs from the 1950-60s, such as past hits as "All Shook Up, "I Was So Wrong" and one dedicated to the Carman Post Office that is located on the premises, "Return to Sender."
Inside the post office was a hand cranked telephone from the early 1900s. Jim Meyers of Harlem Springs was a good sport and pretended to pick up the receiver and say hello.
A car cruise-in will start at 11 a.m. today. There will be a look-alike contest of celebrities at 12:30 p.m. Those entering are to bring a picture of the celebrity they are trying to imitate.
There is a chicken barbecue and all sorts of food on the grounds, along with the Cookie House that has gigantic gingerbread, sugar, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies available. Cindy Corder and Carol Van Dyne were working at the Country Kitchen, a job they have held for many years. Ruth Fitch paid a return visit to see the festival that she worked with for many years in her membership with the Grange. She now resides in Colerain.
Those who have moved from the Unionport area always return for the yearly event.
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