Pat McVay prepares to grind apples as they are dumped into cider press. After the apples are ground, the juice is squeezed from the fruit, leaving behind a dry pulp. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
Lines formed at three cider presses, where thousands of apples were crushed and pressed into sweet cider. Other people milled around the museum and sampled apple bars, pies and other delicacies.
Keith Smith and Glen Garvin brought their own presses to help out with the activities; Jane Opiat demonstrated her weaving on a loom; and Charlotte Heatherly entertained people on her hammered dulcimer.
“There was plenty going on,” said Patty McVay, a member of the Chetco Valley Historical Society, which hosted Cider on Sunday. “And we had a ‘taste-off’ in both divisions (of the pie contest) as there was a tie. So that added to the excitement – and a longer judging period.”
Judges included Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog, KURY Radio host Kevin Bane, school district superintendent Brian Hodge and Mary Jo Delaney, a manager at Ray’s Food Place.
Both the adult and junior divisions featured six entrees.
Taking first place in the senior division was Belinda Pires, second was Lisa Dodson and third was Doris Miller. In the junior division, Elena Braun took first, Michaela Dingle took second, and Braun’s sister, Jenna, won third.
First place winners received $30 cash and a 3 by 9 baking dish with an apple motif; second place won $20 cash and a 1-quart covered casserole dish with an apple motif, and third place winners got $10 cash and an apple-themed ramekin dish and tea towel.
Martha Vanderzanden won the raffle and an oversized metal bucket with apple-related cooking items.
Donations, purchases and raffle funds garnered the museum $978; the society also sold nine “Chetco: The Story of a River” book donated by educator Mike Adams, graphic designer Sharon and photographer Dorn Hartwell, who worked together to create the tome.
“We were so pleased with the turnout,” McVay said. “And we’d like to thank the community for their support and attendance.”