Event organizers with the annual Woolwine October Festival proclaimed it the most attended event in eight years.
Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department member Russell Rorrer estimated 300-400 attended the event, picking up To-Go food plates, visiting vendors and/or sitting a spell to enjoy the live-music.
“We’ve sold over 300 hotdogs, and I can’t tell you how many ham plates we’ve sold,” he said.
The 385 gallons of homemade apple butter were sold out before the festival even started, he said, adding that 186 bushels of
apples were peeled and then cooked into the scrumptious butter, with volunteers stirring the pots around the clock over a two-day period.
“We made 385 gallons,” or 12 kettles full “of apple butter, and we sold out before the festival started. We auctioned off the last jar that we had for $35,” Rorrer said.
He added there are no current plans to make more this year.
“I think we might kill each other if we tried,” he said, laughing.
Funds raised from the festival will be used to purchase department necessities like fuel and other supplies needed to serve the community.
“That’s what it’s about. Everything we do here is to benefit our community, it’s not for us. We’re just trying to do the best we can,” he said.
Rorrer said he is thankful for the more than a dozen sponsors who helped make the festival possible.
“Because of our sponsors, this is truly a community event that you don’t have to pay for. You get six hours of music and all of this for free,” he said.