Gallons of juice flowed from vintage apple presses during Cider Sunday at the Chetco Valley Historical Society museum.
People brought apples by the bushel to volunteers who ran them through the manually-operated machinery to make cider.
Three apple presses were used simultaneously at the event. One was loaned by Keith, Elaine and Desi Smith, and another by Glenn Garvin. The third — an antique press from the mid-1800s which is normally on display in the museum — was donated by Archie and Doris McVay.
By using three presses, “we were able to accommodate a lot of people,” said Patty McVay, one of the organizers of the event.
Volunteers dumped apples into a hopper and turned a crank to grind them into pulp. Apple pulp fell into a bucket, which was moved under a hand-operated press which squeezed out the juice.
Volunteers then poured the unfiltered juice into gallon jugs. The remaining pulp was discarded.
“It was a good group of people,” Patty McVay said. “Everybody enjoyed themselves. It was especially nice to see so many young people.”
McVay said she appreciated seeing the younger crowd because it shows that they are interested in learning about the history of the area.
Visitors were treated to apple turnovers and fritters prepared on site. The desserts disappeared as fast as volunteers could prepare them.
Making the desserts was a Boardman family affair, McVay said. Vickie Boardman was the lead cook, frying the desserts made with apples peeled and sliced by her mother, Lauretta Newman. Boardman also received help from daughters Darcie and Amber Boardman, and family members Shelly Reynolds and Mabel Boardman.
Mabel Boardman came to the event prepared with 40 caramel apples. Inside the museum annex, guests could purchase the caramel apples and watch a pie contest.
Judges Brian Hodge, Kevin Bane, Ron Gable and Mary Jo Delaney judged 11 pies — eight senior entries and three junior.
Winning the senior division was Lorraine Eide, first place; Sharon Kanna, second; and Elaine Smith, third. Junior winners were Darcie Boardman, first; Morgan Loring, second; and Jenna Braun, third. This is the second year in a row Boardman, 15, took first place. Last year’s winning entry was the first she had ever baked.
After the awards were given, the public lined up to purchase a slice the pie of their choice served with a scoop of ice cream.
McVay said the sale of pies and raffle tickets, plus donations received, amounted to $958, an increase of $102 over last year.
Last year’s proceeds, along with a matching grant, was used to replace the roof on the annex, McVay said. This year there will be no grant, but even so, the board has many ideas.
One of the major projects is a historical book being written by Harbor resident Michael Adams. Adams said the book is near completion and will be released soon.
The museum is located in the Old Blake House, a former stage coach way station built in 1857, at 15461 Museum Road, approximately two miles south of the Chetco River bridge. It is open daily during the summer months. During the winter, it is only open during special events and by appointment. Anyone who would like to tour the museum may call McVay at 541-469-5650 or 541-469-5577.
Donations are accepted year round. Checks may be mailed to Chetco Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 2096, Harbor, OR 97415.