Vintage cider presses were squeezing out gallons of juice from hundreds of pounds of apples during the Cider on Sunday event at the Chetco Valley Historical Society museum.
Pat McVay cranks apple grinder and Ernie Hinze pushes apples into hopper while Keith Wallin turns cider press to squeeze ground apples into juice. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
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.
Not only could people bring their apples to make juice for their own use, but they could sample apple fritters prepared by members of the Boardman family, and be served apple juice and hot apple cider.
An apple-pie baking contest capped the event. Judges Ron Gable, Kevin Bane, Mary Jo Delaney and Marge Woodfin sampled nine pie entries; six in the senior division and three in the junior.
Winning the senior division were Debbie Boardman, first place; Elaine Smith, second; and Lorraine Eide, third. Those attending found it interesting that the student beat the teacher in the contest. When Boardman was in 4-H some 30 years ago, Smith was her leader and taught her how to bake a pie.
In the junior division, Michaela Dingle was awarded first place; Darcie Boardman, second; and Jenna Braun, third. Last year, Darcie and Jenna were also contenders; Darcie winning first and Jenna taking third.
The winner of the raffle was also announced. The winner was Shirley Sheffel.
Perhaps the big winner was the museum inself. More than $900 was raised, said Patty McVay, event organizer.
After the awards were given, the public lined up to purchase a slice of the pie of their choice served with a scoop of ice cream.
During the event, author Mike Adams presented his book “Chetco,” which is about the history of the river and its people from 1828 to the present. Visitors could order a copy with a book plate with their name.
People can still order a copy of the book with a name plate by calling Adams at 541-469-5652 as soon as possible.
The 8-pound book includes highlights of the history and culture of the Chetco Indians that populated the Chetco Valley at the time of the white settlers’ arrival. The book is also filled with historical photographs.
Books, without the plate, may be purchased at the upcoming Community Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, McVay said.
New this year was musical entertainment provided by Charlotte Heatherly on a hammer dulcimer.
Heatherly, who purchased the instrument a month ago, said she always wanted to have one. She found a manufacturer in Portland and was told they had one at a store in Ashland and recommended she play it before buying it.
Heatherly went to Ashland, played it, purchased it and has been learning ever since.
The Chetco Valley Historical Society museum is located in the Old Blake House, a former stagecoach 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 can call McVay at 541-469-5650 or 541-469-5577.
Donations are accepted year round. Checks can be mailed to Chetco Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 2096, Harbor, OR 97415.